Thursday, 26 May 2022

My Skincare Favourites For Dry Skin

 *This post contains gifted items.

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products to help with dry skin. During the colder and warmer months, our skin can often dry out and so these products are here to help!

Let's start with a cleanser - the Natura Siberica Rich Cleansing Balm* (£7.49 for 150ml) is nutrition and replenishment for dry and dull skin. It contains Aralia Mandschurica, a unique plant adaptogen, which is hand-picked and collected in the wild and is packed with Vitamins B and C and flavonoids. Flavonoids protect the skin from external exposure and nourishes dry skin, improving its tone. Organic Siberian Pine Oil, a unique natural source of polyunsaturated acids, Vitamins E and F, nourishes and softens the skin. Powerhouse ingredient Hyaluronic Acid nourishes and deeply moisturises the skin, increasing its firmness and elasticity and Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to slow the ageing process of the skin. This balm gently and effectively cleanses, nourishes and moisturises to leave the skin feeling clean, comfortable and well hydrated. You only need a small amount, applying it with a cotton pad to gently cleanse the face and neck and then removing with warm water.

For a toner, I have chosen the Adaptology Dry Spell Toner* (£28.00 for 100ml), which gets your skin back in balance after cleansing. The Dry Spell Toner comes in a glass bottle and also includes a spray applicator which you can use. This Toner rebalances the biome, repairing the barrier layer and boosting metabolism. It is an adaptogen rich toolkit designed specifically for dry and flaky skin, targeting the microbiome, skin barrier, cell metabolism and adding deep rehydration. Key ingredient Hyaluronic Acid provides effective hydration and this formula uses low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin and smooth our wrinkles, to go deeper into the skin with its hydration therapy. To use, you simply spray liberally over the skin after cleansing, and remove any excess with a cotton pad. During the warmer months, I like to keep products like this in the fridge to really keep my skin fresh and hydrated throughout the day with that cooling sensation.

I have included a few different moisturisers in this post, as I know people prefer different formulas and textures and depth of hydration. The Eau Thermale Avene Skin Recovery Cream* (£17.50 for 50ml) quenches thirsty skin and is a daily moisturiser than envelops dry, hypersensitive skin in a deeply comforting treatment, helping to soothe discomfort and irritation quickly and effectively. Enriched with Avene thermal spring water, the formula works to support the skin's natural barrier while helping to balance its microbiome. For even the most sensitive skin types, this gentle cream replenishes the skin with hydration for an ultra-nourished result. The formula itself has a rich texture to it and so you only need a small amount per application and it sinks into the skin beautifully. I like to apply this to the face and neck both morning and evening after cleansing and toning to wake up to highly nourished and hydrated skin.

My next choice of moisturiser is the Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser* (£37.00 for 45ml), which comes in a cool spherical container. This moisturiser contains a powerhouse blend of 21 natural hydrating and moisturising ingredients so that the skin stays plump, moist and healthy. Powerball refills the skin with a super surge of hydration and loads parched skin with critical moisture to defeat dryness and dehydration. It restores soft, smooth, moist texture to dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. The key to Powerball's efficacy is Ectoin, a moisture grabbing protein that enables organisms to thrive in harsh, dry environments. Along with Trehalose, it helps preserve the skin's internal fluidity, keeping it supple, elastic and resilient. A proprietary blend of Hyaluronic Acid and Aqua Cell Complex loads and refills the skin's essential moisture reserves for softer, smoother, plumper skin, tone and texture. After cleansed and toned skin, simply apply an even layer over the face and neck, both morning and evening.

My final dry skin moisturiser recommendation is the Adaptology Dry Spell Moisturiser* (£44.00 for 50ml), which comes in a luxe glass pot. This effective dry skin moisturiser starts by restoring and protecting the skin barrier so that your skin not only becomes instantly hydrated, but stays that way too. It begins with skin barrier therapy (biomimetic lipids and ceramides) so that deep hydration (Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid) will be retained. Dry Spell also offers all day protection from irritants such as blue light radiation and pollution (Adaptogen Protection Complex). This is quite rich and creamy in texture, and so if you really want your skin to feel nourished and protected, then I would highly recommend this moisturiser. As with the other two moisturisers, all you need to do is cleanse and tone your face as normal and then apply a small amount all over the face and neck, massaging it into the skin, both morning and night. This Moisturiser really helped my skin when I came out of hospital and my skin was so dry and unhappy, but Dry Spell got it back on track.

I always incorporate a serum into my skincare routine as it really does amp up your skincare. My favourite for dry skin is the Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydrating Serum* (£45.00 for 30ml), which comes in a glass bottle complete with dropper applicator for easy use. This is a mineral rich hydrating serum with optimised moisturising complex to deliver an immediate intensive hydration boost. It is ideal for both men and women, and perfect for those with dry skin as this moisturising serum cocoons the skin with hydration and protects it against future moisture loss. With consistent use, the skin is quickly hydrated and smoothed, elasticity is improved and skin is plumped, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I adore the natural glow it leaves on my skin! The Serum works with a film forming complex that improves the skin's barrier function and prevents moisture loss whilst Laminaria Algae traps water molecules in the skin and Cucumber Extract hydrates and improves elasticity. To use, you apply 2-3 drops of the serum and press it into the skin after cleansing and toning and before applying your moisturiser.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

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