Dry and Dehydrated Skin

No one wants cracked, dehydrated skin like the Sahara, however it’s a common skin issue that affects up to 98% of us. Dry skin can be especially bad during the depths of the winter months, so if you’re dealing with tight, chapped, rough or peeling skin, read on to find out how to sooth your skin, prevent further dehydration and get the glowing and nourished complexion you deserve!

What are the symptoms, and is it bad to have dry skin?

Dehydrated skin not only feels dry, but it may also look dull, have a grey or red tone and show lines, flakes or cracks. It might feel rough to touch or feel tight and taught.

When your skin is healthy, it works as a barrier, however dry skin means it’s less protective. When your skin is dry, not only does it look unhealthy but it can progress to feeling uncomfortable, itchy or even painful, and can lead to skin conditions such as sensitivity and dermatitis. Not to mention surface skin dehydration is also more prone to signs of premature aging – no thanks.

What causes dry skin?

Dry skin can happen at any age, although it is more common as you get older. Certain environmental factors can contribute to dehydrated skin, such as living in a dry climate (both hot or cold), too much UV sunlight, swimming often or sitting in a room with air conditioning or heating.

While some people naturally have dryer skin than others do, some factors that you can change may be contributing to your dry skin, for example, certain medications, very hot showers and baths, or using the wrong skincare products – particularly cleansers, which can strip your skin of natural oils.

How can I fix dry skin?

The first step to fixing dry skin is making sure you’re using the correct skincare. You’ll want a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip or dry the skin further, followed by hydrating serums and a very nourishing moisturiser, using products without fragrances and parabens to avoid irritation.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting enough essential fatty acids, which repair the skin by regulating oil flow (such as taking flaxseed or fish oil supplements, or by eating more nuts, seeds or fish) and drinking more water to ensure your whole body is hydrated.

Our top products for Dry Skin…

Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser is ideal for dry skin and all sensitive and reactive skins too, with V8 peptide complex that leaves the skin hydrated and refreshed.  


Pure Age Defiance Serum is a potent hydrating serum for all skin types looking for youthful radiance, formulated with a vitamin complex, peptides and a host of other anti-aging ingredients. 


3D Hyaluronic Serum has been made to fight dehydration and give skin the best chance of repair, penetrating the skin at different levels to ensure deep hydration throughout the skin’s layers.  


Retinoic Oil is direct acting and non-irritating Vitamin A, to assist skin rejuvenation and work as both a nourishing oil and a powerful anti-ageing serum.


Youth Activating Oil Balm is a corrective treatment serum rich in vitamins and fatty acids, which restores the skin’s lipid composition. Perfect for dry and dehydrated skin looking for nourishment. 


EFAs Max Complex contains Essential Fatty Acids such as Omega 3, 6 & 9 and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) to support healthy skin and hair.  


Looking for personalised advice?

If you’d like to receive tailored skincare advice from professionals, we recommend visiting your nearest O Cosmedics stockist and talking with them. All stockists are highly trained with the O Cosmedics product range and will work with you to create a specialised skin regime to suit.

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