With dry skin, the skin often looks pale scaly or wrinkled and feels rough. Mild itching is also often associated with dry skin. The places where these dry patches form varies from person to person.
Dry skin, also known as xerosis or xeroderma, has many causes, including cold or dry weather, sun damage, harsh soaps and excessive skin cleansing. Diet and lifestyle can also promote dry skin.
You can do a lot yourself to care for your dry skin so that it soon regains its balance. Here you will learn how you can use a mild and effective care to make your dry skin supple again and regulate the moisture balance.
What are the typical signs of dry skin?
Dry skin is often temporary or seasonal, but can also be chronic. In any case, it is uncomfortable and should be cared for. The signs and symptoms of dry skin can vary depending on age, health, skin tone, living environment and sun exposure. They include:
- A feeling of skin tension
- Skin that feels and looks rough
- Itching (pruritus)
- Mild to severe skin scaling causing the sallow appearance
- Mild to severe scaling or peeling of the skin
- Cracked "dry riverbed" appearance, often seen on shins
- Fine lines or cracks
- Light redness that quickly becomes pale and scaly again
- Deeper cracks, which also begin to bleed quickly
When you should see a doctor:
Most cases of dry skin can be treated well with lifestyle changes and adapted skin care. It may be advisable to seek help from your family doctor or a doctor specializing in skin diseases (dermatologist)) if:
- Measures you have taken so far do not improve the situation and the signs and symptoms persist.
- Your skin is inflamed or painful
- Your dry skin makes you feel so uncomfortable that you can't sleep and are distracted from your daily tasks.
- You have open wounds or infections from scratching
- You have extensive scaling or peeling skin
Causes dry skin
Dry skin is mostly due to the loss of water from the outer layer of the skin. This can be caused by:
- Heat - Central heating, wood stoves, space heaters and fireplaces reduce moisture in the skin.
- Environment - Living in cold, windy areas or climates with low humidity.
- Too frequent bathing - Long, hot showers or baths with aggressive surfactants can dry out the skin. If you bathe more than once a day, you can also strip your skin of its natural oils.
- Soaps and detergents - Many common soaps, cleansers and shampoos strip the skin of moisture because they are designed to remove grease. However, the pH of these products is not skin-friendly and disrupts the skin's protective barrier.
- Skin diseases - People with skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), neurodermatitis or psoriasis suffer more frequently from dry skin.
- Medical treatments - Some people get dry, thick skin when they undergo cancer treatment, receive dialysis or take certain medications.
- Aging - As we age, the skin becomes thinner and produces fewer of the oils the skin needs to retain water.
Above all, try not to overdo your skin care. Too much of a good thing can harm your skin and make it hypersensitive. Especially chemical peels with acids and/or with mechanical particles, can lead to redness, irritation and dryness. Often very effective products are used in the wrong combination, with fragrances and, moreover, too often.
Our article about the Consequences of excessive skin care, can help you get a better overview of this sometimes very complex topic.
About the skin protection barrier
Your skin protective barrier is a thin layer of cells that protects against various influences. It preserves moisture, acts against bacteria and fungi, prevents damage from sunlight and the accumulation of impurities. Our skin's protective barrier is, so to speak, a machinery of the most diverse skin components that works incessantly for us. These include fatty acids and lipids, cholesterol and ceramides.
If you disturb the natural balance of your skin barrier, your skin will be much more exposed to external influences. It becomes hypersensitive and just doesn't seem to tolerate anything anymore. Although you don't mean to, your skin continues to respond to all well-intentioned measures with dryness and possibly redness and irritation.
One way to promote healthy and resilient skin is to use simple and essential products that strengthen, rather than damage, the skin's protective barrier. This mild type of skin care is all about building practical routines that gently stimulate cell regeneration while adding moisture and lipids.
The path to your skin's well-being is unique, and in the case of dry skin, it requires patience and understanding. If you treat your skin gently, simple products that focus on the essentials can make a big improvement.
Our skin care collection for dry skin consists of mild and effective products. All raw materials used come from certified organic cultivation or are ecologically responsibly obtained. The skincare line is designed to regenerate your protective barrier, moisturize it and keep it supple with plant lipids. Thus, comprehensive care for more well-being in your skin is within reach.
Prevention to prevent dry skin in the long term
The following tips will help you moisturize your skin in everyday life:
- Use products with moisturizers. Active ingredients that bind water to themselves and transport the skin are essential to maintain the skin's protective barrier.
- Protect your skin from transepidermal water loss due to temperature or environmental factors. Apply oils, balms or slightly richer creams to protect the skin from water loss. Especially in winter, hands or lips tend to dry out quickly, so frequent reapplication of oil will help.
- Before going outdoors, use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. Light sunburns again contribute to dryness and promote premature skin aging and skin cancer.
- Limit contact with water. Do not bathe or shower for more than 10 minutes. Use warm, not hot water. Rinse the skin and pat dry. Do not try to bathe more than once a day.
- For your body cleansing, use a gentle pH skin-neutral wash gel or a soap-free wash piece. Especially if you wash your hands frequently, make sure to use a mild cleanser. Afterwards, apply a moisturizing cream or a few drops of oil while your skin is still damp.
- Cover as much skin as possible in cold or windy weather. Rough weather can be especially drying to the skin. Scarves, hats and gloves help protect your skin when you are outdoors.
- Put on gloves. Protect your hands with appropriate gloves when gardening, using harsh cleaners, or performing other activities that may irritate your skin.
- Drink plenty of water. Drink caffeine-free beverages every day to keep all body tissues, including skin, well hydrated.
Mild care for supple skin: less is more.
Dry skin, dandruff and mild itching cause a lot of stress and perhaps the first instinct is to focus only on skin care. But we stand for a holistic concept and show you here products that help your dry skin to come back into balance, but also point out the other pillars for a holistic skin health.
The first step to regulating your skin is to take care of it from within. By practicing gratitude and patience with your skin, and by learning about the natural way your skin works, you can find new ways to care for your skin from the inside out.
Meditation is an important component to support your skin. Regular relaxation can help regulate the body's inflammatory processes and initiate regenerative processes. In our article about Meditation as part of a holistic skin care routineLearn more about the background and benefits of relaxation for your skin.
The most important thing when caring for dry skin is to develop a routine with a manageable number of ingredients. This means you should reduce the amount of products you use and focus your care only on the necessary aspects.
In the following, we present the essential care steps and a selection of products from our care line, which are particularly suitable for your skin type.
Gentle cleaning without drying out
Our Clay Cleanser is a Clay based cleansing balm. It refreshes and cleanses the skin without excessively degreasing it.
Clay Cleanser is a mild cleanser with kaolin (white clay), organic oils and gentle emulsifiers. These combined ingredients remove dirt, sweat, make-up and sunscreen in a non-irritating way, yet reliably. Another cleansing step, such as a "Double Cleanse" is not necessary.
- White clay: White kaolin clay has a regulating effect on the sebum production of the skin and has gentle cleansing properties. It is a natural source of minerals and antioxidants and has a soothing effect. White clay is also suitable for sensitive and irritated skin.
- Coconut oil: Moisturizes, refreshes and stimulates skin regeneration. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Decylglucosid: A surfactant that helps the gentle emulsifiers it contains to emulsify oils and water into a cleansing milk. Decyl glucoside is very mild and compatible.
Dry skin tends to react negatively to cleansers containing aggressive surfactants and exfoliants. Very gentle and thorough cleansing is essential for dry skin.
TIPS FOR THE USE OF OUR CLEANSING BALM
- Our Clay Cleansing Balm is very economical to use because it is formulated like a rich balm concentrate.
- A small amount is enough to clean the whole face and neck. You can melt it and massage the face or directly make a balmy cleansing milk with a few drops of water.
- The balm reacts immediately with a little water to form an emulsion (cream, fluid, lotion) that is even easier to apply and massage onto dry facial skin.
- The Clay Cleanser can be washed off with lukewarm water without leaving any residue.
Moisture and protection for dry skin
Our Hydrating Serum water-based is very gentle and absorbs quickly. You can integrate it into your morning and evening routine to provide your skin with intense moisture.
This lightweight moisturizing serum contains active ingredients that strengthen the protective barrier and moisturize deeply:
- GlycerinGlycerin is an intensively hydrating active ingredient and binds many times more water. It is a skin-own component of the acid mantle and very well tolerated. Glycerin acts as a penetration promoter and thus helps moisture to be transported into the skin. Depending on the dosage, glycerin provides intensive moisture without leaving a sticky feeling on the skin. Glycerin soothes irritations, strengthens the skin barrier and protects against external environmental influences.
- Hyaluronic acidHydrating Serum contains 0.3% low molecular weight hyaluronic acid and 0.25% high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This concentration of active ingredients is ideal for daily use and is sufficiently effective. Too high a concentration can have a counterproductive effect, since hyaluronic acid can bind many times more water to itself and attracts moisture at all costs. If there is too much hyaluronic acid in a care product, there is a risk that the hyaluronic acid molecules will help themselves to the water reservoirs in the skin and not to the water already contained in the product or available in the ambient air.
- Pentylene Glycol: Pentylene glycol is an ingredient with multifunctional properties. In the product and on the skin, it prevents the formation and growth of microbial organisms, such as germs, bacteria and yeasts. It is well-founded as a preservative and at the same time can increase the effectiveness of other active ingredients. As a polyhydric alcohol, Pentylene Glycol can bind water to itself, thus ensuring the transport of moisture into the skin and providing intense hydration. This is not a classic alcohol molecule, but a bivalent alcohol, also called a diol. Even with high doses of this active ingredient, there is no dehydration of the skin, but a reliable supply of sufficient moisture.
Preparing your skin with a light moisturizing serum will help the ingredients in other products, such as oils and balms, penetrate more easily.
A moisturizing serum provides the key ingredients your skin needs to maintain and support its own functions at the cellular level. However, a water-based serum is not a substitute for other skin care that provides lipids and other substances. Fatty acids are important to lock in the moisture that your serum adds to your skin.
Light care through lipids that make your skin soft and more resistant
After the care you can e.g. use our Organic almond oil apply to provide additional care for the skin. It is the ideal base for dry skin in the daily routine, as the oil is very compatible, intensively protects and creates a breathable film. It is a light and quickly absorbed oil, rich in nourishing secondary plant substances.
Here are a few benefits of organic almond oil for your skin:
Organic almond oil is an excellent oil for dry, sensitive and irritated skin, as it is particularly mild and low in irritants.
It softens the skin, reduces excessive flaking and prevents moisture loss.
Almond oil is particularly suitable for very dry skin. It is popular as a mild care for psoriasis, neurodermatitis and other eczema.
Organic almond oil has a high content of vitamin E, which protects the skin as one of the strongest antioxidants, against environmental influences.
Almond oil protects the skin from transepidermal water loss, as it provides the skin with important lipids and creates a kind of protective and breathable film on the skin.
Also check out our other LIPID GLORY oils. Each pure organic oil or our oil serums Day & Night Oil, have different care properties and benefits for all skin types.
Balms that nourish and regenerate
Our balms are made of natural ingredients that gently nourish the skin by their composition. Our balms offer great benefits: they nourish, soften and protect the skin from water loss. All ingredients used are from organic farming.
We recommend our Soft balm, to revitalize dry skin. It consists of only 5 compatible and rich ingredients:
- Beeswax: Dermoprotective and natural moisturizer for the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
- Cocoa butter: Regenerates, moisturizes and soothes. Protects against free radicals and is rich in antioxidants.
- Coconut and almond oil: Organically grown plant oils rich in nutrients, moisturizing, regenerating and soothing.
The balm contains as the last and fifth ingredient vitamin E oil, which has a skin-protective function against free radicals. You can use our balm on the whole skin, it is especially suitable for dry and sensitive skin. For mild irritations, our gentle balm soothes small wounds or cracks caused by dryness or dehydration.
To care for your dry skin in depth, we also recommend our Glory Balm with ingredients from controlled organic cultivation. This balm contains cell-regenerating care oils, organic beeswax and softening cocoa butter. It protects the skin from environmental influences and moisture loss.
- Pomegranate seed oil: Skin regenerating vegetable oil, rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. Increases skin elasticity and is rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Wild Rose Oil: Strengthens the skin barrier, stimulates cell regeneration and is very well tolerated. Moisturizes and protects against free radicals.
- Other ingredients: Beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond, argan and macadamia nut oil, vitamin E oil.
Professional advice for extremely dry skin
Before you start a new skincare routine, we recommend you consult with a skin condition specialist, such as a dermatologist. Especially if your skin is extremely dry and has severe symptoms, such as inflammation and itching.
We believe in holistic skin care for the well-being in your skin and your relationship with it. Taking care of irritated skin and restoring the skin barrier is a process that requires time and patience.
Our goal is to accompany you in this process with products carefully designed for your gentle care. We wish you much well-being and patience in your care.