Dry skin is characterised by a lack of water in the top layer of skin (epidermis). Dry skin is very common in babies, children and adults. It is usually temporary (i.e. during the colder, winter months) and is easily treated. Sometimes, however, dry skin can be long-lasting or have severe effects on the skin.
Dry skin can cause tightness, itchiness, roughness, dry patches, flaking/peeling/scaling, redness and sometimes cracking in the skin. It can be caused by environmental factors like weather, excessive temperatures, harsh products contacting skin or by other skin conditions.
There are certain changes you can make to help relieve or prevent dry skin and flare-ups:
Moisturise daily to keep the skin hydrated.
Use a skincare product with hyaluronic acid in it (this is a concentrated dose of moisture for the skin).
Add a rich night cream to your skincare regime to help lock in moisture.
Use SPF year-round to help protect the skin - either with sun cream or a foundation with added SPF.
Cover up in cold or windy weather with scarves, hats and gloves.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures and also going from one extreme to another.
Avoid using products with solvents, alcohol, or other harsh ingredients.
Use body washes and skincare that is specially designed for dry skin.
Top Products We Recommend
La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Lip & Hand Baumes - Both balms sooth and nourish the skin, preventing future chapping.
La Roche-Posay’s Nutric Intense Rich Cream – A day cream that intensely moisturises and comforts dry skin.
Seoulista’s Super Hydration Instant Facial Mask – A one-step hydrating face mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to quench dry, dehydrated skin.
Vichy’s SlowAge Night Cream – A powerful probiotic cream that helps to restore, hydrate, soften and revitalise the skin. Can be used as a night cream or a mask.
For babies we recommend La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Syndet Wash Cream and Baume. Both these products provide gentle hydration and moisture for very dry skin and are suitable for babies (from newborn) and older.
Always talk to your GP, Dermatologist or Pharmacist if you are concerned about your dry skin. We have skincare experts in many of our stores, visit your local Hickey’s Pharmacy to speak with them about your skin. Find your local Hickey’s Pharmacy here.
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