Dry skin is super annoying, and not just because when it’s on our face there’s absolutely no hiding it (although it’s definitely up there). Everything becomes harder from applying makeup to finding dry skin flakes everywhere. The question “how do I get rid of dry skin on my face?” keeps some of us awake at night, but rest assured you can finally get a good night’s sleep and say goodbye to flaky skin once and for all.
Moisturisers are a great comfort to dry skin on our face as they form a protective layer on top of the skin to trap moisture whilst replenishing moisture that has already escaped. They’re able to do this as they’re rich in humectants that attract and retain moisture from inside and outside of our bodies, trapping it on the top layer of our skin for a smooth, hydrated appearance, pretty impressive, right? The best moisturiser for dry skin will be specially formulated for this skin type as they provide longer-lasting hydration and more intensive humectants (you can thank us later).
Limit hot showers
Nothing feels better than a hot shower on a chilly morning, but they can do more harm than good for our skin as water at high temperatures strips the skin of its natural oils – the good kind you want to hold onto if you have naturally dry, flaky skin on your face. Plus, it can irritate your skin even further (ouch). Switch your shower temperate to lukewarm, or cold if you’re feeling brave, to keep the skin’s oils in check.
Use a hyaluronic acid serum
If you want to get rid of dry skin and fast, a hyaluronic acid serum wastes no time. Dry, itchy skin can be uncomfortable, sometimes even painful, which calls for a hydrating serum ASAP. Serums contain a high concentration of fast-acting active ingredients to heal and soothe dry skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most worshipped ingredients for dry skin on the face as its molecules can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water! If you love non-toxic ingredients as much as we do, hyaluronic acid is perfectly safe as it’s naturally found in the body.
Eat more healthy fats
Foods that are packed with healthy fats can help to fight off dry patches on the skin, so you can actually eat your way to hydrated skin. Essential fatty acids, or polyunsaturated fats if you want to sound smart, contribute to creating the skin’s protective barrier which keeps moisture in the skin. Eating more healthy fats will help to build a stronger barrier. The best part? Everyone can eat more healthy fats whether you’re a dedicated plant-based eater or live for meat.
Choose a gentle exfoliator
We know what you’re thinking: “isn’t exfoliating with dry skin a disaster waiting to happen?”. But you could be seriously setting yourself back by not exfoliating. A build-up of dry, flaky skin can majorly reduce product absorption, making it counterproductive as you’re receiving less of the products you apply to get rid of dry skin. A gentle exfoliator is ideal for those with dry patches on the skin as it’ll softly melt them away without removing natural oils which help to keep the skin moisturised.