All about Skincare

How to treat dry skin?

Dry skin tends to lack lipids, it is thinner and more susceptible to dehydration than other skin types. It feels dry, less supple and is more prone to rough patches, which may even peel in places.

Various external influences can also exacerbate moisture loss and intensify these signs, including temperature changes, very hot showers, frequent use of inappropriate soaps and cleansers, exposure to wind and sun… Your skin might then start to feel itchy and tight or you may experience other sensations of discomfort which can become unpleasant in daily life.

Dry skin is more fragile than normal or oily skin and so needs comfort and special care, first and foremost, with a tailored beauty routine.

1. Use an appropriate make-up remover and cleanser.

Choose gentle make-up removers such as cleansing oils to comfort your skin and avoid friction from cotton pads.

Non-rinse make-up removers such as micellar water or a cleansing milk are another good option. For even gentler application and to avoid any burning sensations, apply your cleansing milk with your fingertips rather than a cotton pad.

When choosing your cleanser, look for a gentle and ultra-rich product. Avoid over-cleansing your face too, as this can deplete the lipids in your skin’s protective barrier, and limit the use of rinse-off products to once a day.

2. Exfoliate your skin regularly.

To avoid an accumulation of dead skin flakes, exfoliate your face and body once or twice a week. For a gentler action, choose a scrub that combines an exfoliating and nourishing action, such as the Rêve de Miel® Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub.

3. Choose an appropriate day and night cream.

Apply a nourishing cream to your face in the morning and evening, ideally with a rich and smooth texture to immediately soothe and comfort your skin.

4. Apply a nourishing body care.

Don’t forget to apply a nourishing care product to your body to repair and soothe your skin, for instance, a body cream or a balm specifically for dry, very dry and sensitive skin.

5. Protect your hands and lips.

Remember to protect your hands and lips as these sensitive areas tend to become dry and chapped, especially on cold winter days.

6. Care for the driest areas.

To nurture very dry areas of skin, such as the sides of your nose, elbows, heels or knees, apply a specific care product to these areas, such as the Rêve de Miel® Repairing Super Balm, for an immediate ‘SOS rescue’ effect.
Finally, a few good daily habits to complement your beauty routine:
  • Avoid very hot water as this will alter your skin’s hydrolipidic film and make it feel dry, or even affected by tugging sensations after your shower.
  • Gently dab your skin with a towel after showering rather than rubbing it.
  • Choose soft materials such as cotton for your clothing and avoid wool or synthetic garments which could be irritating for your skin.
  • Finally, make sure you drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated and eat a balanced diet rich in essential fatty acids such as omegas, found in fish or eggs, for example.
Remember too: your skin type can change over the seasons and you might occasionally find patches of dry skin. Skin also becomes drier with age as it produces fewer lipids and there is a decline in the activity of the sebaceous glands, responsible for secreting the sebum that nourishes and protects the skin. So it’s important to listen to your skin and adjust your routine to suit its changing needs.



Writer and expert