The number of factors that can dry out our skin is exhaustive, with a long list of both internal and external elements at play. The environment around us can drastically affect its condition – think air conditioning and heating, cold and hot weather, and pollution. Then there’s our water intake (always the first thing you should up, no matter what condition your skin is in!) and our diets, plus other irregular factors such as trialling a new skincare product, or undergoing a treatment for acne or illness – basically everything we put into our bodies and apply topically can play a part in drying out the skin.
We have little direct control over a number of those elements, so it is important to focus on the factors we can actually influence. If you’re getting your two litres a day and eating right, it’s worth turning your attention to the products you use and how they could help alleviate a dry skin spell. Swapping in a few hydrating heroes with targeting, moisturising ingredients could be the simple switch your skin needs to realign. And if your skin is constantly on the dry side, then the products in your regime are key to managing any discomfort and flakiness, and ensuring your make-up sits well in spite of your dry skin.
See below for our hydrating picks that will slot seamlessly into your current skincare routine.
Balms are always a winning formula for dry skin types - their oil base removes dirt and impurities without stripping moisture from the surface of your skin. This balm is infused with pumpkin enzymes, prickly pear seed and grape seed oils to refresh skin without that 'too-tight' feeling.
This is a water-based serum so it feels beautifully light and refreshing on the skin. Its moisturising properties come from the natural minerals and botanicals it contains, and city-dwellers especially benefit as it has Vinanza Grape to shield skin from pollution and external aggressors.
If skipping moisturiser just isn't an option but you still want some faux colour, this is the ultimate multi-tasker. It combines hyaluronic acid with raspberry seed oil, vitamin E and aloe vera for a serious moisture surge, plus tanning agents for beautifully glowing skin.
This luxe-feeling cream is specifically designed to give a supreme moisture hit to dehyrated skin. Its formula of hyaluronic acid, northern peony and linseed means hydration is practically weaved into its DNA. Use to rescue flaky patches, or everyday, to keep severe dryness at bay.