Struggling with dry skin? We bring you the why, the how to deal with it and some other great skincare suggestions.
So what causes dry skin?
Some of us simply inherit the tendency for dry skin and you can blame this on your ancestors. Those of us with fair, Celtic and Asian skin are often more susceptible to dryness and sensitivity than Mediterranean and darker skin types.
But our ancestry isn't entirely to blame. We can also develop dry skin through environmental stresses such as air conditioning, dry low-humidity air and photo-ageing. Other causes of dry skin include some common skin diseases such as dermatitis, some medications and hormonal changes.
And often the biggest culprits are skin care products containing SLS or SLES (sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate). These very common ingredients disrupt our natural skin barrier and increase the rate at which our skin loses moisture.
So what can we do about dry skin?
Changing environment can be very challenging, especially if your place of work is air-conditioned. But there are some top tips we suggest following if you are struggling with dry skin.
- Read labels and avoid skin care products that contains SLS or SLES and those that list alcohol in their top 5 ingredients.
- Use a gentle, water soluble facial cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin’s natural oils. Most anti-bacterial soaps and body washes are too irritating.
- Limit your time in the shower or bath and use warm water rather than hot
- Pat skin dry after showering – don’t rub
- Apply moisturiser liberally to towel-dry, warm skin
- Avoid excessive exfoliation. Trying to scrub away dry flaky skin can actually make the condition worse as the skin becomes irritated.
- Wear gloves to do the dishes and other chores if you suffer from dry skin on your hands
- Apply moisturiser to dry patches frequently throughout the day
- Wear sunscreen every day to prevent sun damage
Of course, we’re all different and you need to find a skincare regime that works for you. But if you’re looking for ideas here are a couple of suggestions for dry skincare regimes from our resident Cosmetic Nurse, Susan.
Cleanse: Full Cream Cleanser deeply cleanses without stripping the skin’s natural oils and leaves the skin looking and feeling fresh and clean
Treat: Rhino Repair. Dab a small amount of Rhino Repair on clean skin to deeply hydrate and soothe dry skin. Packed with active organic naturals like NZ Manuka honey, neem, vitamin E, Echinacea, aloe vera, calendula and chamomile. It also contains shea butter, is a rich natural moisturiser that helps replenish the skin’s barrier – to restore the skin’s natural oils and to repair dryness and irritation
Protect: Power Punch. A must-have for all dry skin, this daily moisturiser with SPF25 provides intense hydration without any greasy feel and is a lovely base for makeup.
Cleanse: Full Cream Cleanser
Hydrate and Restore: Beauty Sleep or Rhino Repair. Beauty Sleep restores the natural barrier function of the skin and replenishes and hydrates overnight. Rhino Repair is an excellent night cream for very dry, irritated skin.