While winter is generally associated with dry skin issues, a parched outer layer isn’t always a seasonal phenomenon; it can annoy us all year.
Dry, flaky skin is a bummer. And it isn’t always as easy as using the right products - there are lots of other factors that can contribute to dryness, from food choices to shower routines.
You’re made up of 60% water, so keeping that H2O on the inside is crucial for glowing skin and overall health and wellness.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of dry skin, keep reading. We’ve got all the info you need on how to stay hydrated and happy!
Knowledge Drop: What Leads to Dry Skin?
Here’s the general 411 on how dryness happens and the way your skin works.
The second layer of your skin, the dermis (right beneath the epidermis), creates a natural oil called sebum.
Sebum helps protect your skin and retain moisture. But lots of different factors can counteract sebum’s effects including dry weather, hot water, not drinking enough water, and using certain chemicals.
Specifically, you should avoid skin care ingredients like parabens (preservatives), retinoids (including retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol), benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sodium or ammonium lauryl sulfate (SLS), polyethylene/PEGs, and the word “fragrance”, as that’s referring to a non-natural source.
The best skin care routine for dry skin is one that excludes the above ingredients and includes the ones we talk about below. Keep reading for deets!
(If your dry skin is serious, you should definitely check with your doctor. It can be a sign of something more serious.)
10 Skincare Ingredients That Help You Stay Hydrated
If you’re dealing with dry skin, you definitely need to give it some extra TLC.
The most important factor is having a solid skin care routine with natural products that legitimately moisturize. Many common ingredients in so-called “moisturizers” can actually sap H2O from your skin.
So, here are some natural, good-for-you ingredients to look for in your skincare products:
- Squalane - Interestingly, this ingredient is derived from olive oil, of all things! (And no, we don’t recommend raiding your pantry for skincare!) Squalane is another component of sebum, the oil our skin naturally produced. When used in botanical skincare products, squalene hydrates, soothes, and plumps up the skin.
- Hyaluronic acid - While it may not sound natural, hyaluronic acid (HA) actually is. Our skin produces it (to help keep us looking flawless!) but its production diminishes with time, age, and damage from free radicals from our lifestyles and environment. Basically, HA attracts water, helping to keep your skin looking fresh, youthful, and healthy.
- Organic aloe - This old school green plant includes vitamins A, B, C, D and E - as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium and zinc. Known to be soothing (we’ve probably all used it on a burn or two!) it can help heal the surface of the skin, attract moisture, and get rid of build up.
- Glycerin - This plant-based ingredient actually attracts water - always a win when it comes to moisturizing. Glycerin is odorless, smooth and helps to provide rejuvenating moisture and combat loss from your day-to-day adventures!
- Matrixyl 3000 - While this odd-sounding ingredient may be new to you, it’s actually super simple. Matrixyl 3000 is an anti-aging peptide made up of two proteins. Over time, peptides don’t work as well, which can lead to signs of aging and loss of moisture. Adding Matrixyl 3000 back into your routine means your skin will stay youthful and fresh.
- Organic green tea - This ancient ingredient has an array of benefits when used in a moisturizer or face cream. Rich in antioxidants, it can add moisture and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (Drinking it is also a wise idea!)
- Organic Gotu Kola - Pronounced just like it’s spelled, gotu kola is an herb that’s been around for ages and ages. It has a really unique combination of amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals that all help get your skin glowing.
- Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) - Coenzyme Q10 is another nutrient that’s the body produces on its own. As we age, however, we don’t make as much, and we need to add a bit more. Its antioxidant effects can help protect against environmental stressors while helping with skin hydration.
- Vitamin B3 - A must-have in your skin care routine. Vitamin B3 helps your skin keep its water content intact, as well as improving the look and feel. It aids in smoothing out your skin tone and reducing the appearance of fine lines, leaving your skin looking super fresh.
- Algae - Sourced from the ocean, this antioxidant rich extract nourishes skin and moisturizes by attracting water and boosting mineral content. Algae serves as a natural moisturizer and protectant.
How to Get Rid of Dry Skin: Your Day-to-Day Play-by-Play
In addition to using products with moisturizing ingredients, it’s important to make sure you design a day-to-day routine to keep your skin hydrated.
Here are five key action items for getting enough H2O to your epidermis:
- Stick with a moisturizing skin care routine. Every morning and evening, apply a gentle, natural, moisturizer as part of your routine. Fleur & Bee’s Crème de la Cream hydrating face cream is packed with moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients, hand-picked to nourish and enhance your complexion. Moisturizing your face twice a day is key for keeping your skin healthy, refreshed, and youthful. Don’t stop at your face, either! Invest in another moisturizer designed for the rest of your bod.
- Drink water. This should go without saying, but we’re still saying it! Eight eight-ounce glasses of H2O per day will make sure your hydrated from head to toe.
- Turn down the heat. While hot showers (or baths) can be a luxurious experience, they can also sap all the moisture from your skin. Make sure you’re washing your face with cool (or lukewarm) water - and try to do the same for the rest of your body.
- Eat water-full foods. Some fruits and veggies contain lots of water, which helps with skin hydration. Add watermelon, celery, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, lettuce, oranges, raspberries, green peppers, spinach, and avocado to your daily diet. They’re all packed with H2O and antioxidants.
- Try a humidifier. Sometimes, the air in our abodes can be super dry, which just exacerbates any skin issues. Investing in a humidifier can help keep moisture in the air, especially when sleeping, which can help your skin (and the rest of your bod) stay hydrated.
Ditching Dry Skin Once and for All
If you’ve been struggling with dry skin, hopefully you’re a little more informed on how skin hydration works - and easy ways to change your routine so you retain moisture.
Hydrated skin is happy skin, and water is the key difference between a gorgeous glow and a tired, dull-looking complexion!
Fleur & Bee: Know Who You’re Buying From
At Fleur & Bee, we’re a small, close-knit team that’s super passionate about amazing skincare, affordability, and natural ingredients.
Quality skincare shouldn’t be complicated, so we designed our line with that in mind. All of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free; no parabens, gluten, sulfates, or artificial fragrances. All of our ingredients were carefully sourced by members of the Fleur & Bee team.
We also donate one percent of profits to help distribute menstrual hygiene products to women in need.