Dry skin can flare up at any time of the year, but it’s usually at its worst in winter, thanks to a skin-ruining blend of harsh, cold weather outside and cranked-up heating inside. Ideal conditions for a smooth, hydrated complexion? Not exactly.
Add into the mix our tendency to indulge in steamy hot showers when the outside temperature dips, and you’ve got all the ingredients for skin that’s dry, sensitised and generally unhappy.
But help is at hand – and it won’t cost you the earth. Read on for your most hydrated complexion yet.
Dry skin fixes
“Unfortunately as we age, our skin stops producing the oil required to keep it moisturised, plump and glowy,” says InStyle beauty director Hayley D’Onofrio. The solution? Supplementing our own diminishing oil supplies with a natural facial oil that’s easily absorbed by the skin.
“Hydrating oils have the ability to lock and retain moisture, which means you can really boost your skin's moisture levels by adding an oil to your skincare regimen,” adds Hayley.
Try the Thursday Plantation Macadamia Daily Face Oil, which is designed to hydrate dry skin, slowing water loss and supporting the skin’s natural protective barrier. Macadamia oil is easily absorbed so it won’t make your skin oily – just radiant and supremely hydrated.
Dry skin myths
If your skin is naturally oily, you can still use a facial oil – just make sure you choose yours wisely. “It depends on the type of oil you are using and its consistency,” guides Hayley. “If you have oily skin, using a facial oil that's too heavy can definitely increase your susceptibility to breakouts, so select one that is non-comedogenic and lightweight.”
Steer clear of coconut oil, for instance, which can block pores on the face.
How to apply
Let the degree of dryness you’re experiencing guide you here: very dry or mature skin types will benefit from patting a few drops of facial oil into their skin both morning and night, prior to moisturiser and makeup. For an added boost of hydration, also consider adding a drop or two to your moisturiser and makeup for a dewy finish.
Normal to combination skin types can dial things back a touch – either use a facial oil at night only, or in place of conventional moisturiser in the morning. If you’re oily start small: add a few drops to your current skincare and go up from there as required.