Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking and it can occur for a variety of reasons. It happens when the skin does not get the moisture or oils it needs to maintain itself. Dry skin also contributes to dull looking skin, as a result of dead skin buildup that may need a little help coming off.
Unlike dehydrated skin, a more complex condition rather than a skin type, dry skin can usually be remedied fairly easily by using the right types of ingredients on your skin.
If you struggle with dryness, look for products with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which help restore the skin’s protective barrier. If you’re going to splurge on one item in your routine, consider a rich moisturizer that’ll make even the driest skin feel dewy. Read on for some of our favorite products for boosting moisture and managing dryness.
Sunflower oil really flies under the radar in the clean beauty space; it's like the kid sister that often gets left behind. Let's shine some light on this gem though! Sunflower oil is good for dry skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, oily skin, and mature skin. For dry skin, sunflower oil helps provide moisture and allows skin to retain water. For sensitive skin, sunflower oil provides gentle moisture, protection, and a soothing feel.
Where to look for this ingredient? Really anywhere but let's look at oil cleansers. They are a great option to help deal with dry skin. Unlike other cleansers that may strip your skin of natural oils, an oil cleanser will help to dissolve dirt and grime while still maintaining the integrity of your skin’s barrier.
Corpa Flora's Beauté Divine Facial Cleanser for dry, sensitive skin cleanser is formulated with silky sunflower oil and nourishing hemp seed oil to help soothe and reduce irritation while providing a deep clean that will still ensure your skin feels hydrated after you have rinsed.
When it comes to skincare ingredients, ceramides are among the most used to battle dry skin. Whether you experience seasonal dry skin or suffer from dryness year-round, Ceramide-based products help replenish skin. Ceramides, the fatty acids in your skin, help maintain skin’s moisture and hydration. Using products that are enriched with ceramides will help restore your skin's hydration and lock in moisture in even the most extreme temperatures. This helps your skin maintain that hydration long-term, resulting in healthy, hydrated skin.
Ceramides help create a barrier to prevent permeability. This locks moisture into your skin, which helps prevent dryness and irritation. It may also help protect your skin from environmental damage. These benefits have anti-aging effects. Fine lines and wrinkles are often more noticeable when skin is dry. Locking in moisture helps minimize their appearance. Using Etymologie's Superberry Ceramide Facial oil is a double treat as it smells so fantastic - just like a juicy fruit! Get the benefits of ceramides in really the most delicious act of self-care.
Marula oil is an absolute must for dry, thirsty skin!
It's incredibly rich with antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds and vitamins E and C, which fight free radicals and may ward off skin damage caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun and environmental pollution.
Marula oil is known to be beneficial for smoothing and softening fine lines. Its occlusive tendencies create a light layer on top of the skin to seal in moisture, making it super healing for very dry skin.
Curious to read about more ingredients we love? Check out the post we wrote for our lovely friends at Wildcraft Skincare. We dive into some other top skin-loving ingredients that we just can't get enough of.