Dry Skin Solutions Part Two: Intensive Care

Last week, we looked at combating the effects of dry skin by changing the way we treat it and the products we use. By applying Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution and Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance in the first instance, you should really see a distinct improvement. But we can go even further to keep the symptoms of dry skin – such as tautness or tightness, redness, inflammation and itching – at bay.

As part of your extended beauty regime, anyone with dry skin should look to include a regular targeted masque, plus use an additional barrier in conjunction with a moisturiser. The delicate area around your eyes will also need special attention.

The next product to include in your skin care routine is the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Masque. It has a lovely creamy texture, which will add moisture exactly where it is required. This nourishment helps to combat visible dryness and reduce the appearance of fine lines. In addition, you’ll have a more radiant face thanks to the energising properties of Ginkgo Biloba, which is known to stimulate the circulation. Vitamins A, C and E also help to repair damage inflicted by our environment, while Evening Primrose Oil conditions and provides suppleness. After cleansing, apply liberally to your face and throat, and allow the masque to dry for ten minutes before rinsing off.

On days when your face is really feeling dry and thirsty, using the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster will tackle the problem head-on. Applied twice daily underneath your moisturiser, not only will it smooth and minimise fine lines and help to replenish moisture balance, it will aid tissue repair and help to improve elasticity of the skin, thanks to the marvellous rehydrating ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid – which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Simply squeeze a small amount onto clean fingers, and massage gently into dry areas of the face. Follow with your moisturiser.

The eyes are the window on our every expression, and the skin around them is constantly being stretched out and scrunched up – not to mention at the mercy of the weather. Plus, the skin around the eyes is delicate, and can therefore be prone to fine lines and end up looking crepy if we don’t take good care of it. Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair is designed to offset the effects of premature ageing, and is another ultra-rich cream packed with antioxidant Vitamins C and E, which act as a barrier against environmental assault. To help to preserve skin elasticity, there is Cucumber, Butcherbroom and Arnica. Daily, pat a small amount around the eyes then blend gently from the outward corner.

Don’t forget, you can try all of these products by buying the fantastic Dermalogica Skin Kit for dry skin. The pink and grey mini-holdall contains handy travel sized bottles of Essential Cleansing Solution and Intensive Moisture Balance, Multi-Active Toner and Gentle Cream Exfoliant, plus a masque sample.

Alternatively, if you’re not sure of your skin type or need advice on dealing with a skin care dilemma, visit Time Of Life and click on the advice area. There are plenty of facts and tips to help people of all skin types, not to mention product recommendations.

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