Dry skin is a common skin type, and while we may consider our skin type to be normal or oily, chances are that most of us have combination skin and have certain areas of our face that are drier than others. Dry skin is defined as a lack of hydration in the skin and is oftentimes a result of a weakened skin barrier. When our skin barrier is weakened, the skin’s natural defense against the outside world is compromised, which prevents our skin from retaining moisture. Common side effects of dry skin include flakiness, itchiness, redness and irritation and a tight feeling on the skin.
There are many factors that can lead to dry skin such as, genetics, the weather, heating & air conditioning systems that reduce the humidity in the air, excess cold, harsh soaps and detergents, health conditions and medications. Regardless of the reason, you can hydrate the skin and maintain a healthy skin barrier by moisturizing, avoiding harsh ingredients that can worsen dry skin and its symptoms and seeking help from an aesthetic professional who can guide you in a skincare routine and recommend professional facial treatments to rebalance your skin and achieve a healthy, glowing complexion.