How to Replenish Moisture in Dry, Dehydrated Skin?

by Monic Bert

Dry skin can be bothersome. Apart from lacking hydration and losing it very fast, it has a very weak protective coating. Thankfully, it is possible to improve its condition with suitable daily care. See top remedies for dry skin.

What causes extremely dry skin?

Unfortunately, there are lots of things that dry out the skin and we can’t even do anything about some of them. Unsuitable skincare products aren’t the only reason why skin gets very dry. It is also affected by the medication, unhealthy diet, body dehydration and weather conditions.

How to remedy dry skin then?

Hydrating the skin is as essential as making sure the hydration stays inside it, not escaping through the epidermis. Therefore, a hydrating hyaluronic acid (ideally in a face serum) and natural oil (cold-pressed, unrefined) make the best match for dry skin. It’s great if you give up on alcohol-based make-up removers and go for plant-based products gentle on the skin.

Try these products to replenish moisture in dry, dehydrated skin.

  • Rose water. Buy a rose water (aka rose distillate) or do it yourself. Take a handful of fresh rose petals and pour them with a cup of water, simmer for an hour. Once it cools down, drain and pour the water into a clean bottle. Keep it in the fridge and use it every morning and evening. Just remember that a homemade rose toner doesn’t contain any preservatives so you need a fresh one every week.
  • Argan oil. Do you use a face serum before bedtime? Use argan oil instead. Before getting one, make sure it’s cold-pressed, not refined and organic (certified by ecocert for example). Pure argan nut oil maintains hydration in the skin, plus delivers vitamin E and polyphenols which delay the aging process. Plant sterols in the oil protect against the damaging factors like cold weather, wind, toxins and the sunlight.
  • SPF-rich moisturizer. This is a basic product for dry skin. Use a moisturizer every morning to prevent transepidermal water loss, strengthen the protective mantle and keep the skin from drying out during the day. Make sure it has a UV filter (min. 15 SPF; 30 SPF for very dry skin). The sunlight and UV ruin dry skin.
  • Facial mask. Dry skin needs it more than any other skin type. A hydrating face mask brings relief to your complexion. The mask stays on for fifteen minutes giving it a nourishing boost. Use the mask two or even three times a week to get long-lasting hydration and repair for your skin. A homemade flaxseed oil mask works best for dry skin: mix the oil with some honey, yolk, aloe juice and apply it on the face. Rinse after fifteen minutes. You can also find lots of sheet masks that are infused with oils and flower waters, hyaluronic acid, peptides or collagen and elastin.
  • Exfoliant designed for dry skin. Exfoliation is necessary for dry skin as it is for other types. Still, dehydrated, delicate skin won’t handle a coarse-grain abrasive scrub. Choose a lighter version for sensitive, couperose and dry skins: enzyme scrub which is based on non-invasive fruit acids. Use it like a face mask, letting it sit on for the indicated time and rinsing it out. Dry skin will do with exfoliation done every 7 or 10 days.

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