Dry skin often produces considerably less sebum than oily and combination skin, which in turn also means it has less moisture and oil. Due to the lack of sebum produced in the pores and a general lack of moisture, the skins’ surface can be flaky and rough. The pores on a person with dry skin are often quite small. After washing the face it can feel very taut and even itchy, and it is not uncommon for people with dry skin to develop eczema. Dry skin sufferers rarely have issues with pimples due to the lack of sebum being produced.

Many people experience sensitivity with dry skin because the skins’ barrier is lacking and is therefore more vulnerable to external factors such as genetics, environmental factors, hormones, age and use of the wrong beauty products.


Dry skin needs oil to help compensate for the lack of sebum production. It is highly recommended to use creams that are rich and nourishing or oily to help repair the skins’ barrier and lock moisture into the skin.

Since dry skin can be itchy and sensitive it may be necessary to complement your skincare routine with some soothing products.

  • Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and allow your moisturiser to work its way deeper into your skin.

Tip : A good option is a leave-on peeler that contains AHA acids and moisturiser.

  • It is much better to wash your skin with a cleansing milk (rather than a gel that will lather up) and help to maintain the protective outer layer of your skin.
Tip : For some extra TLC, make sure to swap out your night cream for a nourishing face mask a couple of times a week.
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