How To Care For Dry Skin
Beauty therapist Sarah Chapman shows VideoJug users how to care for dry skin, which occurs when your skin feels taught and has closed, tight pores.
Step 1: The signs of dry skin
Your skin is dry if your skin feels tight after washing, or you have tight, closed pores with no blackheads. Dry skin lacks oil whereas dehydrated skin lacks moisture and looks crepey.
Step 2: Cleansing
Use a cream or milk cleanser and avoid face washes which can be drying for your skin. Massage into the skin and remove with damp cotton wool or wash off with water. Toner is not essential as it can be drying, but if you do use it, use a gentle toner such as rose water and avoid alcohol-based toners.
Step 3: Morning moisturising
Use a rich moisturiser with rich oil such as borage oil. Use a moisturiser for dry skin and minimum SPF 15. Use after cleansing, and apply a second layer after 5 minutes if it still feels tight.
Step 4: Evening moisturising
After cleansing, use a rich moisturising night cream or oil such as sandalwood or lavender. Spread over the face and around the eyes.
Step 5: Exfoliating
Dry skin has a build up of dead skin so it may be rough to the touch. Exfoliate twice a week to remove these dead cells. Use a gentle exfoliator such as a french peel.
Step 6: Diet and Lifestyle
Dry skin needs to be given more oil, so include it in your diet by eating oily fish or taking omega supplements. Try and drink 2 litres of water a day.