One of the most annoying, yet common, skin problems worldwide is dry skin. Don’t confuse this with dehydration – which is a related, but different, topic – we’re talking about a skin type which lacks oil and is usually categorised by dull, flaky skin and almost invisible pores. I know it well because I have always had the ‘dry skin’ type – it runs in my family. I was always told to use a natural skin serum to beat the annoying, dry flakes – but reality is, with so much around it can be confusing to discern what the best skin serum for dry skin really is. Also, serums can’t work magic on their own – you need to follow a couple of other important (but easy) tips too!
Tip 1. Cutting through marketing hype – choosing the best skin serum for dry skin
Plant oils. Exotic flower oils from faraway countries. Animal oils (oh dear) that renew your skin for everlasting youth – there’s SO much hype about what the best facial oils to use for dry skin are. And some of these companies can get pretty convincing with fancy packaging and generous marketing budgets.
The best skin serum for dry skin will be one that has a blend of ingredients that have a close affinity to the skin’s natural lipids/structure.
You shouldn’t be. Nature, and our natural bodily functions are pretty amazing.
The best facial oil ingredients for dry skin include:
Hyaluronic Acid Found naturally in the body. Young skin has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid that helps it look smooth, plump and elastic. With age, the ability of the skin to produce HA decreases. The amazing thing about hyaluronic acid is that it provides long-lasting moisturisation to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water! It locks moisture deep into the skin, preventing transepidermal water loss. This results in improved skin elasticity, the reduction of appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, softer and more supple skin. You can find Hyaluronic acid in Botani’s Rescue Eye Treatment.
Firstly, you want to ensure the squalene is plant-derived and vegan – NOT sourced from sharks! What makes squalene so special? Firsty, it’s a naturally occurring lipid in our skin. That’s right – we’re all born with squalene to nourish and protect our skin, but it diminishes with age. Amazingly, we’re able to source this wonder-lipid from organic olives, and replicate that natural moisture barrier action to deeply nourish the skin on a cellular level. Choosing the best squalene oil is also no easy feat – it can be quite an unstable oil so you need to make sure it has been blended with the right antioxidants to perform optimally, like the Olive Skin Serum. The difference between Squalene and Squalane is that Squalane is the hydrogenated version – it is more stable than Squalene but is not an ‘active’ ingredient. Both Squalane and Squalene are excellent emollients so will be very beneficial for dry skin! Squalene oil is one of the most multipurpose oils on the market – it does much more than deeply hydrate the skin! Also a naturally anti-ageing plant active, Squalene’s natural affinity to the skin means it is non-irritating and can be used by all skin types.
Another wonderful skin oil that has a natural affinity to the skin’s own sebum. Sebum is our own built-in moisturiser, also making up part of our skin’s natural barrier. The Jojoba plant is pretty special as it produces ‘wax esters’ that are identical to skin’s very own sebum! This means it is a highly penetrable oil, just like Squalene oil! Jojoba oil has many skin benefits including being full of essential fatty acids (such as Omega 6 & 9), rich in Vitamins A, D and E so it’s also an excellent solution for those wanting to curb the signs of ageing, and if you have sensitive or reactive skin, this is also a low-irritant choice.
Tip 2: Exfoliate! No point in using the best skin serum if you don’t exfoliate first!
There’s no point slathering your skin with ANYTHING unless you’ve gotten rid of the ‘roadblocks’ first. Exfoliating your skin (of course with a gentle, non-irritating product) ensures your skin is clear of pore-clogging dead skin cells that:
- Prevent proper penetration of products
- Make their way down into the pore lining and contribute to blockages and inflammation (ie, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples)
- Are responsible for that flaky, dehydrated texture and dull tone
Choose an exfoliator that has natural AHA-like properties, such as the Exfoliating 2 in 1 Scrub & Mask
It can be a complicated task choosing the best skin serum for dry skin today – with literally hundreds of products available. We recommend choosing an oil or blend of oils that have a natural affinity with the skin, like the Olive Skin Serum with active Squalene. These ingredients are generally low-irritant and highly penetrable, meaning it soaks deep into the skin for long-lasting hydration. And don’t forget to exfoliate your skin before you apply any serum to maximise serum penetration and performance!
Do you have a favourite facial oil or face serum that you swear by? Share with us below!