Struggling with dry, flaky skin? Your skincare routine may be to blame. We break down the 4 most common mistakes that dry out your complexion and easy ways to avoid them:
#1 Skipping out on SPF
You may think that wind and cold are the major causes for those cracks and flakes, but when it comes to weather, sunlight is the one to watch out for.Just because the sun rays don’t feel as strong as in summer months doesn’t mean you should leave your skin unprotected. If skin cancer risks and accelerated ageing aren’t reason enough for you, there’s another incentive to wear SPF all year round. Sunscreen doesn’t only protect you from harmful sun radiation but also reinforces skin’s protective barrier and helps your complexion withstand the harsh winter conditions.
#Soaking in a hot bath
Yes, taking a long relaxing bath can be a glorious reward to a gruelling day at work, but it also might be the reason why your skin is tight and itchy. Hot water strips the natural oils in the epidermis that keep your skin smooth, soft and plump. So, if you want to get dewy, radiant complexion, you need to discover another way to find your zen and start taking short, lukewarm showers.
#Slathering on thick creams
Getting more moisture is only half the battle with dry skin. You also want to use products that help your skin retain newly stored hydration. The molecules of thick moisturisers are too large for your pores to soak them up and penetrate the deeper layers of your skin.
Applying coats of thick, greasy creams will only lead to clogged pores, so instead grab a targeted product packed with active ingredients that hydrate your skin from within. Ommerse Renewal Crème is supercharged with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to give your skin a major hydration boost and protect it from free radical damage. Willowherb extracts and jojoba esters minimise redness and soothe sensitised skin.
#Applying products in the wrong order
Finding the right products is only the battle with dry skin. Slathering creams and serums at random order will reduce their efficacy. So, layering is key.
An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply products with the thinnest consistency to thickest or from liquid to oil. Here’s the right order to apply your skincare products:
Offects Hydrating Cleanser will gently remove dirt and dead cell build-ups from your skin and restore moisture levels.
Ossential C-Bright Serum will penetrate the deeper layer of your skin and stimulate the healthy function of your skin’s protective barrier.
Ommerse Renewal Crème stimulates the skin’s DNA repair mechanism and helps retain newly stored hydration.
Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 protects the skin from the damaging effects of UVB, UVA and HEV light. It’s enriched with skin conditioners and antioxidants to support healthy moisture levels and protect the skin from free radical damage.