Regardless of skin tone, dry skin is a problem we all face influenced by climate conditions, hormonal changes, or skin conditions.
Melanin-rich skin tends to be more susceptible to dry skin as it has a lower level of ceramides, lipids (fats) that forms a protective layer limiting the loss of moisture and protects against visible damage from environmental stressors. Lower ceramide content causes a defective skin barrier function, resulting in the capacity to retain water.
Problem: Dry, itchy, flaky, irritated skin. Your skin may also look dull or ashy.
Solution: Treat by moisturizing the skin to keep water from escaping such as plant oils and butters. Avoid things that dry the skin such as hot, long showers, soaps and detergents.
dry + dull skin faqs
What causes dry and dull skin?
Dry skin can result from factors like harsh weather, low humidity, aging, or excessive cleansing. Dullness may be due to dead skin cell buildup, lack of exfoliation, or inadequate hydration.
Are there specific skincare products you recommend for dryness and dullness?
Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and humectants (hydrators) can help.
How can I adjust my skincare routine to address both issues?
Incorporate a hydrating cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliant into your routine. Use a mild cleanser, followed by a hydrating moisturizer, and exfoliate 1-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells.
Can weather or environmental factors worsen these conditions?
Harsh weather conditions, low humidity, and environmental pollutants can exacerbate dryness and dullness. Protecting your skin from these elements is essential.