Common FAQs about dry/sensitive skin
26 Sep, 2016
Despite rows upon rows of skincare products for sale, you'll be very lucky if you're able to achieve flawless skin. Many of us face an oily T-zone during the day, breakouts, or dry, flaky patches - it's more common than you think!
Today, we take a look at dry and sensitive skin, and answer a few commonly asked questions on the subject.
Should I still use face wash products?
Yes and no. It depends on which face wash products you use. You'll need a hydrating product that's suitable for dry or sensitive skin, as they contain fewer harsh chemicals that may be aggravating your face.
It does take trial and error, however. Get to know your skincare ingredients by reading online reviews.
Should I wash my face everyday?
Yes, you should. Your skin will still be exposed to many elements during the day - think smoke, pollution, rain and dust. Even if you don't wear makeup, you should wash your face at least once a day, preferably at night before bed.
With dry skin, it is important to apply a thick face cream that works to restore moisture levels in your skin after your evening cleanse.
Should I exfoliate if I have dry skin?
Definitely - dry skin can appear patchy, making your face look dull. To remove this layer of dead skin, you need to gently exfoliate with a soft face cloth or small, dissolvable microbeads in a cleanser. The trick is to use gentle massaging movements - definitely no harsh scrubbing. It's up to you to figure out how often your skin needs to be washed each day.
Finish up with a generous amount of moisturiser, and you'll notice that your skin looks instantly more radiant.
Can I use AHAs and BHAs if I have dry skin?
Sure you can! Just be wary regarding what other ingredients are combined with the AHAs/BHAs though, as alcohol can be drying and is a big no-no for sensitive skin. The strength of these chemical exfoliants are also important - you have to start with lower concentrations first to avoid irritation.
AHAs are more suitable for sensitive skin as they are humectants, meant to reduce the loss of moisture, so great for targeting dryness.
Try a chemical peel, full of AHAs and BHAs - it's an intensive treatment for your skin that replenishes lost moisture. Alternatively, you can also come in for a microhydrabrasion treatment, which is essentially an exfoliation with microcrystals followed by a big flush of hydration.You'll find that it just takes a different approach to looking after dry and sensitive skin. For more information, contact our team of skin specialists today