How to choose the best skincare products for dry skin

 Dry skin is a common problem for Australian women, in fact I see just as many women with dry skin as oily. Dry skin can make you feel older, less refreshed and make applying make-up a challenge – overall it can be a real confidence buster. Shopping for skincare products to help manage dry skin is not easy as there are so many choices, so you may find this article on how to choose the best skincare products for dry skin helpful. 

 Dry skin can be seasonal

Winter is a particularly challenging time for women who are prone to dry skin – your skin can feel tight, rough and itchy from the moment those crisp winter days roll in. Taking long, hot showers often exacerbates the dryness, as does sitting in air-conditioned offices or homes, so it’s best to limit the length and temperature of showers and time in heated spaces. 

 Other factors that contribute to dry skin

Seasonal influences aside, dry skin can also be caused by factors such as incorrect product usage (like using a cleanser that contains sodium laureth sulphate), medication or age. The older we get, the less natural oils we produce and this is the most common cause of dry skin in more mature clients. 

 How to alleviate dry skin

If you’re looking for natural ways to avoid dry skin, it’s best to stay away from air-conditioned environments and limit time in hot, steamy showers. It’s also a great idea to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Tip: Exfoliate regularly using fruit enzyme exfoliants - this is a nice, natural way to shed dry skin.

 My top 5 products recommended for dry skin

I often get asked for recommendations about products for dry skin – many of these are products that I have found to be very effective for both my clients’ skin and my own skin. 

1. Use a cleanser with AHAs and/or lactic acids and a toner with AHAs and lactics (using gauze to apply). The cleanser can be useful in dissolving dead skin build up without causing trauma. The toner will not only dissolve dead dry skin but the gauze will help grip onto it and wipe it off.

2. Leave on nighttime exfoliants like lactic serums - these are the best alternative to manual exfoliants - and great for the time poor.

3. Use fruit enzyme exfoliants daily to slough off any leftover dry skin.

4. Invest in a product with retinols/vitamin As - these will actually stimulate or regulate your oil production and are a very useful product for overall skin health. 5. Use a mosituriser that contains Hyalauronic acid - this is a highly results-driven hydrator which acts like little water balloons full of moisture penetrating the superficial layers and delivering moisture into the skin.

 What should I look for in a dry skin product?

Hyalauronic acid, lactic acid, shea butter and vitamin E are all great ingredients that are useful for hydrating skin. You should look for products that include these ingredients when shopping for skincare products for dry skin.

Hyaluronic acid: Hyalauronic acid is a molecule, a naturally occurring element of our skin that is present within our connective tissues. It’s great for moisturizing dry skin and also has anti-ageing properties. Why is it so good for dry skin? It has an amazing ability to hold moisture and can strengthen your skin’s outer barrier. 

 Recommended product: 

  • Cosmedix Hydrate +

  • Cosmedix Emulsion

  • Aspect Photostat 9

  • Aspect SMC

  • Cosmedix Rescue

Lactic acid: If you have flaky layers of dry skin you can really benefit from a lactic acid, which exfoliates the skin by breaking down the material that holds skin cells together. 

 Recommended product:

  • Aspect Exfol L 15

  • Cosmedix Purity Clean

  • Cosmedix Purity Balance

  • Cosmedix Define

  • Cosmedix Defy

 Shea butter: A rich source of antioxidants and moisture, shea butter is a natural substance extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. 

 Recommended product:

  • Cosmedix Emulsion

Vitamin E: Vitamin E works for both dry skin and ageing by helping to block the free radicals from our bodies (these contribute to the ageing process). A tried and tested remedy, it has been used in skincare for a very long time and is a great nutrient. 

 Recommended product: 

  • Cosmedix Hydrate +

I hope that this article has helped you to understand more about what to look for when choosing a product for dry skin. I have years of experience in helping women to combat dry and ageing skin - contact me for a Skin Diagnostics consultation to review your existing skincare products and discuss a plan for maximising your skin moisture levels.