How to recognize dry skin?
Tightness, discomfort, flaking, itching, irritation…are all signs that your skin is dry.
It can be thin and easily sensitive and reactive, dry skin is accentuated by external elements such as cold, wind or water, and tends to wrinkle more quickly.
It can be rough to the touch, it lacks suppleness, softness, and shine.
Why is my skin dry?
Dry skin is characterized by a lack of water and fat (lipids).
Our skin is protected from external aggressions by a lipid barrier on its surface. However, dry skin does not produce enough sebum, which prevents it from forming a homogeneous barrier.
The skin loses its ability to retain water, and the altered barrier makes it vulnerable to external aggressions and irritants, which penetrate the epidermis more easily.
The lack of sebum combined with the loss of water causes skin dryness.
It is important to differentiate between dry skin and dehydrated skin because they are not treated in the same way and if the diagnosis is wrong, the discomfort persists.
If your skin is dehydrated, opting for ultra-rich and nourishing creams will not necessarily do it any good: they will bring fat but not enough water to the skin, and risk clogging the pores.
5 unmistakable signs that tell your skin is dry
- pores are tightened, almost invisible
- NO shine
- skin is often tight and itchy
- rarely have blemishes
- often have small dead skin & cracks
HERE IS A SIMPLE ROUTINE FOR DRY SKIN
1 Cleanse your skin without drying it out
Dry skin often dreads the cleansing step, which can dry out and irritate the skin if the right products are not chosen.
Cleansing oil the oil make-up removal which leaves the skin soft, supple, and comfortable! Do not use micellar water
driest skin, it is not mandatory to do a double cleansing. The oil leaves a light film on the skin which is most appreciable 🙂
For fans of double cleansing, forget about foaming cleansers and opt for an ultra-cocooning nourishing formula: a make-up remover cream, milk or balm that removes impurities while restoring the hydrolipidic film.
Rather than using 2 different products, you can very well repeat the oil cleaning a second time to eliminate all the impurities.
HERE IS A GOOD TIP: IT WOULD BE GREAT TO Systematically apply a floral water or moisturizing mist just after cleansing your face to eliminate the limescale contained in the water and prevent skin from drying out.
Be careful never to let your tonic lotion or floral water dry on your face: the water tends to evaporate and beware of tightness! We just apply our cream or oil directly on top to seal in the hydration.
- GO for a serum, https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-glow/ enriched with hyaluronic acid to provide maximum comfort and softness to the skin.
In the morning, no need to cleanse your skin. We just pass a cotton of floral water or mist to gently purify.
Which scrub and mask for dry skin?
Exfoliation is an essential gesture to eliminate dead cells, dry patches and allow skincare to better penetrate the epidermis.
For dry to very dry skin, No frequent exfoliation: once a week maximum.
Also beware of abrasive scrubs that attack the epidermis, we prefer fine grain formulas enriched with nourishing oils or honey scrubs, which hydrate at the same time 🙂 https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/brew-crystals-microdermabrasion-polish/
On weekends, give yourself a moment of relaxation with a comforting and soothing face mask. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-firming-lifting-radiant/
- If you want to use a clay mask, mix it with honey and use white clay, make it thick and keep misting with floral water
apply a mask with honey and leave on for the whole time of the shower or bath. It will protect the skin from dehydration while the water vapor activates the enzymes contained in the honey for increased efficiency.
How to Moisturize and nourish
5 natural active ingredients that dry skin loves
- Vegetable oils: Ideal for gently removing make-up, they also replace your moisturizer to bring extra nutrition to the skin.
Vegetable butters such as shea and cocoa butter are perfect for intensely nourishing very dry skin. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-mango-butter/
- Hyaluronic acid, especially for dehydrated dry skin. It retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water to ensure proper hydration of the deeper layers of the skin.
- Honey, which has healing properties but also humectants: it attracts and retains water in the tissues for optimal hydration.
- Donkey’s milk, recognized for its softening, softening, soothing, regenerating properties but also for its high skin tolerance.
What oil for dry skin?
Organic vegetable oils rich in essential fatty acids are the best allies for dry skin! They are in excellent affinity with the skin and help restore the hydrolipidic barrier to protect against external aggressions and retain hydration in the tissues.
preferably choose an organic oil rich in omega 6 and 9 which promote the production of lipids.
Our favorites: borage, evening primrose, argan, avocado, wheat germ…..
Which hydrosol for dry skin?
Hydrosols are suitable for all skin types, but to soothe and soften dry skin our favorites are:
– rose water
– orange blossom water
– chamomile hydrosol
– lavender hydrosol
Dry skin: How to apply make-up?
No more powder… forget the powder textures, which are too drying, tend to cause tightness, mark areas of dryness and fine lines of dehydration.
Cream textures, which remain ultra-comfortable on the skin all day long and offer a nice natural glow.
We choose formulas enriched with vegetable oils and butters that will nourish and protect the skin.
The ideal is to use an organic face oil beforehand as a make-up base, so that the foundation glides on the skin and applies more easily without marking dry skin.
As dry skin tends to lack radiance, zap the finishing powder and in the last step spray its moisturizing mist which will allow to fix the make-up, refresh, and illuminate the complexion. If you want to powder, opt for an ultra-fine, silky, and non-drying powder