As we usher in a new season and say goodbye to the dry winter season which left our skin chapped, cracked and sore, it’s still important to carry on with your skin regime regardless of the weather. Does warmer weather mean no more dry conditions? Yes. Does warmer weather mean no more dry skin? Not entirely. Skin is sensitive and should be treated as such, but how do we go about doing that?
You’ve heard it all: coconut oil, apply petroleum jelly, exfoliate, but which of these tips actually work for those with dry skin? Especially South African skin? Looking skinsational and feeling it should correlate, but if your skin is dry, it becomes rather troublesome to feel confident in your own skin.
How do I know if I have dry skin?
Dry skin is prevalent in conditions such as dry and hot weather, baths or showers that are lengthy and hot, and low humidity levels. If you experience any of these symptoms you may have dry skin:
- Flaking or peeling skin
- Tight skin, especially after skin has been in contact with water
- Red or ashy skin
- Itchy skin
- Cracks that may bleed
If your symptoms appear in this list and are classified unbearable, we highly recommend you seek medical attention by making an appointment with a dermatologist or visiting your nearest health practitioner.
Tips for treating dry skin
Avoid harsh soaps
More times than often, the products we use contribute to our already dried out skin. When looking for soap brand, rather use soaps that have an oil base or try using skin cleansers – because your skin is already dry, the cleansers will assist by adding moisture to your skin, helping it retain water.
Shorten your baths and showers
We know it sounds unfair and we also know that sometimes all one needs is a hot long bath after a stressful day, but prolonged exposure of skin to hot water can strip away the essential oils present on the top layer of your skin, which can lead to inflamed skin. This can lead to skin irritation.
Keep skin moisturised
Mousson’s Triple Results + range caters for dry to very dry skin and can help relieve dry skin. After your shower or bath, gently pat your skin dry and apply our lotion or cream to your skin. Keep your skin moisturised three times a day during autumn and winter months to help counteract the harsh effects.
Change your diet
There is only so much you can do from the outside but taking care of the inside does just as much good to your skin. Cut down on your soft drinks, sweet drinks such as energy drinks, alcohol and coffee intake. Your diet should follow that of a pyramid: 65% vegetables, 20% protein and 15% whole grain. Try to avoid processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Clogged pores are a result of a build-up of dead skin cells – that is why exfoliating is important. There are various ways in which this can be done such as face scrub, exfoliating gloves and cleanser for your body. This way, your skin moisturiser will no longer be applied on dead skin cells – instead, it will be applied on the top layer of healthy skin.
As leaders in skincare products, we prioritise skin health – whether you have normal, combination or dry skin, looking after your skin is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. Our Triple Results + range caters for normal to very dry skin. With ingredients such as Almond milk, Aloe Vera and Coconut oil, we’ve taken precision in the development of our products to ensure that they are of the highest quality for all skin types in Southern Africa.