Skincare 101: How to Get Rid of Dry Skin

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Whilst there are many things to look forward to during the autumn and winter seasons such as festive celebrations, cosy movie nights, and the prospect of a snow day, there are equally many things that are not so fun, especially dry skin.

But do not despair! Dry skin is completely preventable and treatable. By following these simple tips on how to get rid of dry skin, it will be a thing of the past and your skin will thank you for it!

Get into a routine

Without sticking to a strict routine, you won't see any results. Whether this be changing your skincare routine or updating your diet, without creating a routine and maintaining it, your skin will remain dry and anything you buy will end up being a waste of money. Therefore, this is the most important tip to achieving and maintaining healthy, supple skin devoid of dryness.

Switch to a heavier moisturiser

This may seem like an obvious point however it is essential in seeing any results and hydrating your skin in the colder months. Finish your night time skin care routine with a heavier moisturiser that will moisturise your skin gradually throughout the night. Ideally avoid using this heavier moisturiser alongside your make-up as it will cause your foundation or concealer to slip. Nevertheless, using a lighter, daytime moisturiser will eliminate dry skin and works well when you have a fuller coverage of make-up.

Here are my recommendations for the best heavy moisturisers:

CeraVe Moisturising Cream - £16.00: Available from Boots. Get yours here

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer - £26.00. Available from Kiehl's UK website. Get yours here

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturiser - £49.50. Available from Selfridges. Get yours here

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Add fats to your diet

To clarify – I am referring to natural fats, not saturated fats. Healthy fats contain the oils that hydrate our skin and keep it supple, therefore, by adding more natural fats into your diet you’ll see the benefits in hydrated skin. Popular foods for containing high levels of natural fats include avocado, chia seeds, nuts, fish and coconut oil. Add these foods to your diet for a cheap and easy way to avoid dry skin.

Invest in a dehumidifier

Whilst this is expensive, you have to look at it as a long-term investment that offers multiple benefits. Not only can you have full control of the moisture levels around you but a dehumidifier also assists in relieving allergies as well as reducing odours and keeping away dust from your home! Dry skin comes about as a result of a drop in air pressure which allows for less moisture.

So another great way of how to get rid of dry skin with the use of a dehumidifier is that it will consequently allow you to have complete control of the atmosphere around you, particularly if left on whilst you sleep, allowing your skin to reap the benefits of the extra moisture in the colder months!

Here are my recommendations for the perfect dehumidifier:

PAIPU Dehumidifier - £39.99

DeLonghi DEX214F Dehumidifier - £171.00

Dimplex DXDH16N Dehumidifier - £221.99

Change how you shower

Another simple step on how to get rid of dry skin is switching up your shower routine in that will reap so many benefits – and not just for your skin! Long, hot showers strip your skin of the natural oils it produces and are not good for maintaining moisture – even if they are relaxing! Try a lukewarm, shorter shower in order to retain the moisture that keeps your skin supple.

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Avoid fragrances

Whilst smelling nice is always a bonus, your skin will not appreciate it! Fragrances are made from synthetic chemicals which can cause irritation, especially to sensitive skin and subsequently lead to dryness. This includes fragrances in your laundry detergent, skincare and make-up products. Fragrances are just that – a fragrance! They add nothing to your skin apart from smelling pleasant so rather than using products that include fragrance, treat your skin to a break and stick to non-fragrant products!

Expand your skincare routine

Adding AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and hyaluronic acids into your skincare collection increases the amount of moisture our skin contains. Our skin already naturally possesses hyaluronic acid as well as AHAs so you’re effectively topping up the skin's moisturiser when it needs it! For best results, apply these to both your night time and daytime skin care routine.

Here are my recommendations for the best AHAs and hyaluronic acids for your skin this winter:

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 -£5.90

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2%Peeling Solution - £6.90

REN Clean Skincare - Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic - Exfoliating Face Toner - £6.00-£27.00

L'Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Hyaluronic Acid + Aloe Liquid Hydrating Moisturiser - £9.99

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