Long hot showers + baths or cleansing with hot water
Washing or cleansing with water that’s too hot can strip your skin’s natural skin oils.
The same goes for long, hot showers or baths. These can leave skin feeling tight and dry
Instead: Cleanse with lukewarm water and have lukewarm showers
Using harsh 'soapy' feeling cleansers
Avoid cleansers with harsh detergents like sodium laurel sulphate or coco betaine. You’ll know if a cleanser contains harsh detergents by it’s “soapy” feel and ability to form lots of suds.
Instead: Choose gentle cleansers with gentle detergents like yucca extract.
You could also try one of our Konjac Sponges. They’re super gentle and no cleanser is needed.
Always remove makeup at night time, a super soft microfibre cloth is suitable for dry skin
Rubbing skin dry after a shower or cleansing
Don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. This can further strip your skin of those natural oils that keep skin soft and supple
Instead: Gently pat skin dry after showering or cleansing and moisturise while your skin’s still damp. This will help to seal in moisture, protect your skin from environmental stresses and prevent dehydrated skin from drying further
USING a moisturiser that contains water or aqua
Big brand moisturisers that contain water or aqua as their first ingredient are typically 50-80% water. But this means, there’s only 20-50% left for the skin nourishing ingredients.
Instead: Use a rich Moisturiser containing skin nourishing ingredients like grass-fed tallow, emu oil, lanolin, butters like shea and cocoa butter, olive oil, jojoba oil and beeswax. These replenishing ingredients soften skin and protect against moisture loss, helping skin cells stay plump and hydrated.
Natural fats like grass-fed tallow and emu oil contain lipids (fats, oils and cholesterol) found naturally in healthy, youthful looking skin which help to replace any missing components in your skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss
Eating low fat meals
A Japanese study of 716 women found those who ate the most saturated fat had significantly less wrinkles and better skin elasticity. Saturated fats make up the cell membranes of every single cell in your body, including your skin cells.
Strong, healthy cell membranes containing good amounts of cholesterol and saturated fats will help your skin cells retain water. So skin cells stay nice and plump like grapes. Rather than dehydrated like raisins.
Instead: Eat natural fats including grass-fed tallow, ghee, lard, avocado and coconut as well as foods that contain omega 3’s, like oily fish.