Let’s take a deep dive into why your skin might be dry and what products could complement your skincare ritual.
Dry Skin VS Dehydrated Skin
Dry and dehydrated skin can often be confused as the same thing but one is actually a skin type and one is a temporary condition. Dryness is a skin type where you may produce less sebum than normal skin types. This means your skin’s barrier is naturally lacking oil and may struggle to keep moisture locked into the cells, making it more susceptible to damage.
Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that may be triggered by diet (think salty foods and alcohol), not wearing moisturiser daily or your body losing more water than you’re drinking. Your skin might feel tight and uncomfortable while dark circles under your eyes and fine lines are more noticeable. You might also be experiencing an oily complexion and breakouts due to excess oil production over compromising for low water content, we know, confusing right?
What Does Dry Skin Look Like?
Your skin is easily compromised and more susceptible to free radical damage, premature ageing, dehydration and flare-ups of inflammation. It’ll often feel tight and uncomfortable while looking dull and irritated with fine lines and cracks. You might notice dry flaky patches around your nose and mouth and may feel some itchiness.
Can Drinking Water Fix Dry Skin?
We know it’s an easy assumption that drinking water will keep your skin hydrated but just drinking water won’t address a dry skin type. We always recommend drinking eight glasses of water daily but dry skin relates to a lack of oil so you’ll also need to keep your skin moisturised.
What Causes Dry Skin On The Face?
Basically, the root cause of dry skin is a lack of protective oils on the outer layer which allows your skin to lose its capacity to lock in moisture. A healthy skin barrier is typically made up of dead cells and enough naturally protective oils to keep skin soft and smooth.
A dry skin type can be caused by genetics, hormonal phases, stress and some medications. Seasonal changes can also impact dryness so take extra care during winter months by adding richer moisturising formulas and oils that contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants to help seal in moisture. Your skin can also gradually lose moisture and essential oils when you spend too long in the sun without protection so never skip the SPF in summer! Apply an enriching sunscreen that helps create a physical barrier on top of the skin with our silky Skin Shield SPF 30 Sunscreen. It’s perfect for layering under makeup, with a non-greasy formula that includes hydrating hyaluronic acid and cooling cucumber extract.
We’re sorry to say that as you age, sebaceous glands produce less oil making it harder to keep the skin moist. The amount of hyaluronic acid present in our bodies also declines, resulting in drying, more wrinkles and a rougher appearance.
Can Dry Skin Cause Acne?
Dry skin can actually make acne worse as your skin will try to compensate by overproducing oil. Celebrate a hydrated and bouncy complexion by picking the right moisturiser that leaves your skin feeling healthy and balanced. Our Probiotic Skin Mylck strengthens hyper-sensitive skin by replenishing skin moisture with Australian Made probiotic Lysates. This has been scientifically proven to create an ideal environment for your skin to thrive while supporting its natural defences.
The Best Ingredients For Dry Skin Types
The best hydrating skincare products are those that restore dull and lacklustre skin. That starts with learning how to nourish dry skin with products that contain naturally replenishing ingredients so your skin can retain its natural oils and moisture. When your skin is properly hydrated, it’s able to act as a natural barrier to any external or harsh elements while drawing water in and amplifying the effect of hydration.
Look out for products with humectant ingredients that attract moisture from the air and the deep levels of your skin to the surface layer, keeping your skin barrier hydrated. You’ll also want to check hydrating products for occlusives as these moisturising ingredients form a protective barrier around the surface of your skin to minimise moisture evaporating. These will physically block transepidermal water loss which is the process where water evaporates from the skin, pretty cool right? Any emollients in skin care products will also help with skin barrier function, leading to an overall improvement in skin texture and appearance so you can actually say you woke up like this.
A few natural ingredients we love at esmi are:
- Hyaluronic acid for keeping skin plump and minimising fine lines while deeply hydrating.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) for restoring your skin’s barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.
- Shea butter, naturally packed with Vitamin E, for increasing your skin’s hydration and preventing moisture loss.
- Rose essential oil for its emollient, antiseptic and astringent properties that help treat redness and inflammation.
What Products Are Best For Dry Skin?
Caring for dry skin means focusing on products that help counteract the natural lack of oil on the skin’s surface. Having rehydrated skin helps protect your overall skin barrier health, improves skin texture and leaves you with a radiant base for makeup. This is where we come in, start your daily ritual off with these naturally hydrating products for a radiant and dewy complexion!
Use our best-selling skin treat, Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, to give your beautiful skin that extra bounce from the inside out. We like to think of this serum as a tall drink of water for your skin that can give a hydration boost of up to 25% within just two hours! The hydrating water magnet plumps and hydrates skin by acting as a sponge to attract water from the atmosphere. Talk about a thirst quencher!
Buff The Bad
Exfoliate weekly with humectant ingredients, like glycolic or lactic acid, that reduce the loss of moisture, stimulate cell turnover and clear dead skin cells. Choose our lightweight Rose & Bamboo Gentle-Foliant to stay fresh and boost hydration, ideal for acne-prone or sensitive skin. The renewing power of bamboo extract is an ancient beauty treatment that leaves skin soft, luminous and purified while enriching rose oil aids in calming and moisturising.
Don’t Hesitate, Hydrate
Our super hydrating yet lightweight Hydrating Eye Serum is a potent formulation of marine extracts, antioxidants and a moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid. It nourishes skin while restoring and plumping the undereye area for a fresh and youthful complexion!
Always Go For Gold
Oil-based skin care is a great choice for dry skin types so why not substitute your PM moisturiser for our 24K Gold Nourishing Oil? Formulated for dry skin types, it prevents moisture loss while addresses dryness, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles. With jojoba seed oil to regulate oil flow, it absorbs quickly into the skin so you’re left feeling moisturised, plump and glowing. It’s best to finish your routine with to lock in a protective barrier on the skin for maximum hydrating effects.
Using hydrating serums and oils that target moisture retention and protect your skin’s barrier is crucial for dehydrated skin. If you’re just getting started on your skincare journey, glow up your ritual with our Nourishing Dry Skin Solution Bundle to restore your skin health and inner confidence.