HOW TO KEEP DRY SKIN HYDRATED
Skin is like a canvas for make-up, and the smoother and more hydrated it is, the better make-up will sit on it. If you have a dry skin type, here are my top tips to ensure that your skin always looks plump and juicy!
(1) Cleanse your face thoroughly but very gently by using a cleansing cream, balm or oil, rather than with a foaming cleanser, as the sulphates found in most foaming washes can really dry out your skin even further, and possibly even lead to irritation. I often use Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser for my own very dry and sensitive skin. I also highly recommend Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, which is a fragrance-free cleansing balm which you massage into your skin. It melts off any make-up and impurities and then you simply rinse it off with lukewarm water. (NB. The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is a fantastic budget alternative).
(2) To plump up your skin before applying your moisturizer, try a hyaluronic acid serum and pat it in to your skin. These types of serums can attract up to 1000 times their weight in water. My personal favourite is the L’Oreal Revitalift Filler 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum, but I also love the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum.
(3) To lock in the moisture provided by your serum, apply a very nourishing moisturizer a couple of minutes later. I love Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream (SPF 15) and I use this on myself and most of my clients who have dry skin. If you have extremely dry skin, Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream is super-nourishing and soothes irritation wonderfully. I often use it in the coldest winter months, to prevent my face getting chapped.
(4) At night, consider using a face oil to give your skin maximum nourishment, and to allow it to heal overnight. I adore the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil, which contains rose, grape, sesame, jojoba and rosemary oils to nourish and repair the skin. If your skin around your eyes looks dry and crepey, tap on a rich eye cream to hydrate this delicate area – I strongly recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue.