by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

Dry Skin? Here’s How to Moisturise Your Skin When Moisturisers Aren’t Enough

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Everyone knows the best way to get rid of dry skin is to moisturise, but what happens when you’re slathering moisturiser on and it isn’t enough? Don’t fret, we come bearing good news: there are things you can do to ensure your moisturiser performs way better and leave you with glowing, hydrated skin. Here are the skincare tips you need to pick up now:

First: exfoliate!

If you’re not exfoliating enough, the built-up dead skin cells can actually limit your skin’s ability to absorb products, like your moisturiser. Aim to exfoliate at least once or twice a week; look for products formulated with glycolic or salicylic acid to slough off dead skin.

Look for hydrating ingredients

Hyaluronic acid is always a popular ingredient because it’s everyone’s go-to for hydrated, plump skin. You can also keep a lookout for other hydrating ingredients like glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and ceramides to add to your routine. 

Apply a hydrating serum before moisturiser

The reason why serums are so important in a skincare regime is because they are essentially supercharged formulas that make your complexion glowy, smooth and clear. Because of their small molecular composition, they can penetrate the skin better due to their small molecular composition. Apply a drop or two of a hydrating serum right after cleasning and tonight, before you go in with moisturiser. 

Pat, don’t rub

First order of business: Stop rubbing and wiping. If you normally just rub your moisturiser all over your face like it’s sunscreen, that could be a key reason why your moisturiser isn’t working. Gently patting your skincare in can help increase pressure and also heat, both elements that help your skincare to absorb better into the skin.

Layer a face oil over your moisturiser

One of the most overlooked steps in a dry-skin routine: layering facial oil over moisturiser. After applying moisturiser, follow up with your favourite face oil. Keep in mind that face oils should always be applied last; they are the most occlusive ingredients in a regime, meaning they seal everything in to keep them from evaporating quickly. It will also strengthen your moisture barrier, an oil-infused barrier that reduces transepidermal water loss (basically the evaporation of moisture in the skin).

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