Dry skin can be troublesome at the best of times, but with winter fast approaching, it’s more important than ever that we take really good care of our skin.
The dry, cold weather can wreak havoc with our skin, particularly if it’s dry, so here are some tips for how you can best care for it!
Dry skin can purely be determined by genetic factors, but it can also be caused by over-cleansing, excessive sun exposure, alcohol-based skincare products, hormonal changes and low humidity, which explains why our skin often becomes drier during the colder months.
So, how to tell if you have dry skin? If your skin feels tight and dehydrated, your skin is lacking in moisture in the epidermis and needs to be rebalanced. Other visible symptoms can include flaky patches of skin; usually around the nose, cheeks and between the brows, and sensitivity.
Luckily, dry skin is really quite manageable and there are so many little changes you can make to your everyday life and skincare routine to help to prevent and manage those symptoms; some of which I’ve listed below, along with ingredients to look for in your skincare products!
Steer clear of products with alcohol featured in the ingredients list – Alcohol denat is an ingredient often found within skincare products such as cleansers and toners, but it’s particularly important to avoid it if you have dry skin. Aside from stripping the skin of its natural oils, alcohol and fragrance can aggravate the skin, and can cause inflammation and sensitivity.
Use chemical exfoliants over physical scrubs – We know that physically scrubbing your skin to rid it of flakiness can be all too tempting and satisfying, but granular scrubs are often too abrasive for the skin and can even cause micro-tears in the epidermis. Chemical exfoliants are much gentler, but just as effective and can be used daily. AHA-based exfoliators are particularly good for dry skins as they slough away dead skin cells and are gentle enough for the most sensitive of skins.
Look for ingredients such as:
Rosehip oil – Aside from being rich in antoxidants such as vitamin C that help to fight against the aging effects of free radicals, rosehip oil contains high levels of essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate the skin.
Hyaluronic acid – As an ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body, and is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture to the surface layer of the skin and can effectively hydrate the skin.
Marine collagen – As the name suggests, this ingredient helps to boost collagen production and therefore helps to slow the aging process. It also helps to restore moisture levels in the skin, and promotes supple skin. The Peachy Fox Aloe Retinol Serum features rosehip oil and marine collagen, alongside avocado, jojoba oil, argan and arnica oil, which all help to further nourish the skin and form a protective barrier against external factors such as harsh weather conditions.
Jess, Peachy Fox