Before you invest in skincare products designed for dry skin, it’s important to know whether your skin is dry or lacking in water and therefore dehydrated. Dehydrated skin will look dry and feel tight, especially after cleansing and even after you’ve applied moisturiser. Dry skin is lacking in oil, which means it tends to be rough and possibly flaky, and if you dab it with a tissue, you’ll notice there’s no oily residue.
Dry skin can also become irritated owing to a lack of sebum, which not only acts as a natural moisturiser but also forms a barrier on the skin’s surface, protecting it against infection and pollutants.
The best ingredients for dry skin
Ingredients such as manuka honey, hyaluronic acid and glycerin are best for dry skin. Manuka honey absorbs and retains moisture, keeping skin hydrated. Both hyaluronic acid and glycerin act like a sponge, attracting and drawing moisture into the skin.
The best cleansers for dry skin
Cream, milk or gel-based cleansers are best for dry skin as they’re the gentlest. Make sure they don’t contain alcohol, which can cause further drying.
Skincare for dry skin
Dry skin tends not to get as many spots or blemishes as other types, but it is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye area. So choose eye creams that are targeted to deal with anti-ageing and apply them as the first step in your routine.
Follow the eye cream with a serum – preferably containing hyaluronic acid – and then apply a moisturiser; choose one with glycerin to prevent moisture escaping. If your skin is in need of an additional moisture boost, apply a drop of oil on top of the moisturiser in areas that are dry or prone to dryness and massage in. This will help the moisturiser penetrate into your skin and make it more effective.
Best makeup for dry skin
Heavy foundation on dry skin can look quite cakey and often dry it out even more. A BB cream is a good alternative, as it acts like a primer, moisturiser and foundation in one and usually contains an SPF to fight the sun’s wrinkle-causing rays.
For dark circles, choose a concealer with added skincare benefits. When choosing eyeshadows and blushers, use cream formulations rather than powders, which can be tricky to blend on dry skin.