The most surprising thing about having dry skin is that people with dry skin don't often realise they have it! We chatted with Corneotherapist, Robyn McAlpine to discover everything you need to know about dry skin.
Robyn explains that unfortunately, "a true dry skin type will be dry all year round as the natural oil production is much lower in a dry skin type but most skin types will feel dryer in winter."
But why you may ask? It turns out it is all down to low humidity. Think artificial heating and air con even hot showers can strip natural oils from your skin.
So depending on where you live in the world the lower the humidity the drier your skin will feel. *Books next flight to Singapore*.
First up... how do you know you have dry skin?
"A dry skin type is due to a lack of free-flowing oil in the skin. If your skin often feels tight and dry after cleansing, you’re prone to flaky, itchy-ness and your skin just can never seem to get enough moisturiser, you could be a dry skin type," Robyn explains.
If you're still stuck, try booking a skin analysis with a skin therapist (and a facial while you're at it!). This will help you determine your exact skin type and give you more personalised advice.
How do you combat dry skin
There is respite! To aid those with dry skin Robyn recommends, "Using a lipid-rich moisturiser every day helps to give moisture back to the skin."
Also, "A diet rich in omega-3 helps to moisturise from the inside out so combining topical skin care with good skin nutrition helps to support a dry skin."
Robyn recommends, "Using a cream or milk cleanser for dry skin as over cleansing removes too much oil, causing dry skin to feel drier."
Opt for a heavier moisturiser as this will feel heavenly on dry skin. Or go an extra step further and go for a range that is completely customisable like Dermaviduals.
If you are prone to dry skin avoid using acid based skin care and absorbing clay style masks at all costs. The ingredients in these common products actually remove the natural lipids within the skin.