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ry Skin Solutions for a happier you

Dry Skin Solutions for a Happier You

Dry skin solutions start with understanding why your skin is dry. We share insights and tips to help you find solutions that work for you.

What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?

Dry skin is often misunderstood. Simply put, dryness refers to a skin type, whilst dehydration refers to a skin condition. If you have dry skin, your face has fewer oil-producing glands; therefore less sebum (oily, waxy substance that coats, moisturises, and protects your skin) is present. Dehydrated skin occurs when your skin lacks water, as opposed to an impaired skin barrier. Dehydrated skin could be oily, combination, or normal skin that is simply lacking hydration.

What causes dry skin?

Cold air holds less moisture, so a dip in the temperature is one factor.

Humidity levels in the air drop and this causes the skin to leach water back into the environment, making it dry.

Couple this with long hot showers, not using appropriate moisturisers (or applying at the wrong time), and sitting in front of heaters in winter… it’s a recipe for disaster.

Other sebum sappers that lead to skin dryness? Excess alcohol consumption, medications that affect hormones, and a poor diet.

How can you prevent dry skin?

Start with a gentle face wash. We recommend that you try Hernuvin Face Wash with salicylic acid. It cleanses and gently exfoliates your face all in one wash. It restores your skin’s natural pH and it protects your skin’s barrier.

Keep your showers cool and short. (The American Academy of Dermatology recommends no more than 10 minutes at a time.) Always moisturise your body at least once a day, within 60 seconds of coming out of the shower, while you are still damp. This will trap in moisture to further enhance hydration benefits.

Retinol is also a miracle worker for dry skin. When used correctly, it will become an essential product in your skin care regime. However when used incorrectly, your dry skin might be paired with major redness and irritation.

Product Tip: Try Hernuvin Retinol Serum. It utilises the optimal retinol concentration for clinical effect. Build up your skin’s tolerance by applying a pea-size amount of retinol to your entire face every third night. After a week apply retinol serum every second night. Remember that it takes your skin a few weeks to adjust to the product. It’s best to use it a little at first and gradually increase your use as time goes on.

Another tip? Invest in a humidifier. It’s like trying to dry a wet towel in humid weather. No matter how long it sits there, it won’t completely dry because of the moisture in the air. And in the case of your skin, that’s a good thing.

When is dry skin something more?

Flaking and feeling “tight” are normal symptoms of dryness. But if they’re accompanied by redness, swelling, excessive itchiness, or crusting, you should consult your doctor for treatment. It could be contact dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis; all things that can be mistaken for dry skin.

The take home

Understanding dry skin and what you can do to combat it, puts you in the driving seat.  Hernuvin Skin Care offers a range of products designed to address dry skin concerns. We recommend you try the following:

We are confident this routine will keep your skin hydrated, healthy and glowing no matter the time of the year.

Skin care is self-care. Do it daily because you are worth it!

Thank you for taking the time to read our article. Until next time, take care of yourself and your skin. You deserve it!

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