4 heavy-duty moisturisers for very dry skin
Hands up if your skin needs help in the hydration department. Mine certainly does, which is why we've hunted down the best moisture-boosting products on the market.
First things first, if you’re not already exfoliating on a somewhat regular basis (this will depend on your skin type, but once or twice a week is advisable), start doing so. Parched skin will love you for it because no matter how much moisture you whack on your skin, if it can’t penetrate through the dead skin cells it’s not getting to where it needs to be. Regular exfoliation buffs away dead skin cells and surface grime, allowing moisturising formulas to reach the area they need to hydrate. I like QV Face Exfoliating Polish as not only is it suited to sensitive skin, but it can be used daily to reveal a fresh face. If you find a physical exfoliant too harsh however, try an AHA or BHA formula such as SK-II Facial Treatment Lotion. Add a hydrating serum (such as Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum (find it at sephora.com.au) after your cleanse and exfoliation but before your moisturiser to give your skin a serious boost. Following it with a rich moisturiser will lock in the active ingredients in the serum.
A good moisturiser is essential in the fight to combat dry skin. Elizabeth Arden Eigh Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturizer provides protection against parched skin while also addressing existing dryness. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is another dry skin superhero. It is specially formulated with squalane, an ingredient that mimics the skin's natural molecular stucture for ultimate absorption, deeper hydration and protection from future dryness. Another option is Ella Bache Hydra-Revitalising Velvety Soft Cream. The product name is a bit of a giveaway as not only will the lightweight formula spread like a dream, it boasts hyaluronic acid to boost skin hydration levels and leave it plumped and smooth.
If it’s not just your face but your entire body that is crying out for hydration, try Nivea Body Lotion Firming Q10 Plus. With Nivea's signature Q10 ingredient, this lotion is extra hydrating, as well as working to firm skin at the same time.
And lastly, don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It’s an oldie, but a goodie!
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