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What is Dull & Dry Skin?
We all want to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and see a youthful, glowing and healthy face staring back. Dull skin is the opposite of this and covers any skin that looks unhealthy, lackluster or flat. This can be due to a buildup of dead skin cells, dirt or other debris from the day, sun damage or dehydration.
When your skin fails to effectively retain its natural moisturising factors it is unable to replenish itself properly, leading to dry and unhealthy skin. Our skin's protective barrier can be damaged by overcleansing, harsh ingredients like fragrances and sulphates, too much sun exposure and other environmental pollution. So no matter how much you load up on heavy moisturising creams, your skin will still feel rough and uncomfortable. To get your dry skin back on track you need to address the root of the problem and have a balanced skin care action plan with a combination of deeply penetrating, targeted serums, thicker moisturizers and an effective sun protection plan.
When it comes to chronic or excessive dry, flaky skin it's best to check with your dermatologist to see if you have eczema and what the best treatment plan is for your specific condition.
What causes Dull & Dry Skin?
Our skin is constantly under assault from all sorts of environmental factors and as we age our skin's ability to renew surface cells slows right up. This causes a buildup of dead surface skin cells which hides our natural radiance.
After ageing the primary factors that cause dull & dry skin include:
- Sun damage
- Living in a particularly dry climate
- Not removing makeup before bed
- You’re not getting enough sleep, hence hindering your body's natural cell renewal cycle.
- Showering or bathing with very hot water can exacerbate any uncomfortable dryness and flaking. Post-shower apply a hydrating serum and then any heavier moisturising products.
Skincare ingredients to avoid for dull and dry skin
Choosing the correct products and ingredients for your skincare routine is also a huge part of correcting dull and dry skin. Things you should avoid when choosing products include:
- Any fragrances or sensitising ingredients like essential oils, mint, menthol and eucalyptus. These can have a negative effect on your skin's microbiome.
- Products with absorptive clays and starches can dry out your skin further if you already struggle with dry or dull skin.
- Rather than an abrasive scrub or highly acidic product that damages and sensitises your skin. Use a gentle exfoliating product like our AHA Resurfacing Serum that work to carefully shed dead skin.
- Don’t use bar soap as they can leave a residue on your skin that will stop your hydrating products from keeping your skin moisturised.
Is face serum good for dry skin?
Do you constantly struggle with flaky, dry skin on your face no matter how much moisturiser you put on? Often the solution to troublesome dry skin is a good understanding of what causes dry skin and a targeted skincare approach with a mix of creams and face serums.
The secret to fixing your troublesome dry skin involves not only having enough moisture, but also keeping that moisture where it’s needed.
Our Hydro Boost Serum is the best facial serum for dry skin as it utilises a clinically supported moisturising system made up of 3 actives, at 3.6% concentration, of Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid (20-50kDa) at a low molecular weight allowing it to penetrate deeply and replenish the skins supportive matrix. While the Hyaluronic Acid with Chondrus Crispus (algae extract) acts as an external humectant to the skin and Provitamin B5 (Panthenol) promotes skin barrier moisturisation and protection from any irritation.
Combined with our Vitamin C Brightening Serum, which not only promotes accelerated healing of skin damage but also connects perfectly with the skin’s surface layers. Locking in moisture and strengthening the skin’s natural defences, preventing any further dehydration.
To help lock in that deep moisturising effect on the sensitive skin around your eyes it is best to also apply an eye serum for dry skin before any other moisturisers you use in your skincare routine. It's important to apply serums before heavier skin solutions as serums are often able to hydrate more effectively than even the heaviest eye creams as they penetrate the skin and hydrate the deeper layers of the epidermis whereas heavier creams tend to sit and act on the surface.
For more tips on how to incorporate and effectively use serums in your skincare routine see our comprehensive guide.
How can face serum help dull skin?
Face serums should be the first thing you reach for when dealing with dull skin. At BOOST LAB we work on keeping our skin youthful, radiant and healthy with a suite of single focus serums.
Our Vitamin C Brightening Serum contains a Multivitamin boost blend of Vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Vit B3 (niacinamide) and Vit E designed to deeply penetrate skin and provide long term dermatological benefits. Including accelerated healing of skin damage, helps the skin retain moisture, gives firmer skin, protects from redness and inflamed skin caused by UV/pollution and acne; and gives a more even skin tone with diminished dark spots.
Vitamin E occurs naturally in human skin, but can become depleted due to constant environmental exposure in the absence of sun protection.
Combining these essential multivitamins into a boosted serum is great for skin. Together they can improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, brighten a dull complexion, and strengthen skin’s defenses against the impact of environmental assault. These vitamins work extremely well together as vitamin C acts mainly on the surface level, whereas vitamin E is oil-soluble so it acts on deeper layers in the epidermis, giving you the best of both worlds.
And if all that isn’t enough to convince you here are 3 more reasons why you need Vitamin C as part of your skincare regimen including why the Brightening Serum is the best acne treatment for dry skin.
To aid in the natural cell renewal cycle that occurs while you sleep consider reaching for Our Night Renewal Serum before you hit the hay. This dry skin treatment is a night-time skin hydration formula with a dermatologically tested mix of Retinol & Granactive Retinoid designed to reduce skin damage that causes dry skin, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and loss of firmness and elasticity.
Retinol is a term for the entire Vitamin A molecule. All our serums with retinol contain it in it’s stabilised form which acts to reduce the effects of photo-damage on skin, minimises the appearance of wrinkles and lines, improves firmness and elasticity of the skin, provides smooth skin by promoting the natural production of collagen, elastin & hyaluronic, reduces skin roughness by assisting with the skin’s renewal exfoliation process and improves skin tone, reducing blotchy skin pigmentation and rebalancing uneven skin tone.
At BOOST LAB we use Granactive Retinoid at a clinically supported concentration of 2%. The active ingredient in Granactive Retinoid is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a non-therapeutic and less irritating form of retinoic acid. It is able to penetrate skin, releasing ‘active’ retinoic acid in the skin to improve multiple signs of aging, including accelerate skin cell growth and to protect skin from photodamage.
Will hydrating face serum help dry skin?
When it comes to preventing dry skin on your face and ensuring a vibrant, glowing complexion all day long hydration is key! Until now, you may have been relying on moisturisers and face oils to get your daily dose of hydration. But if you are still dealing with the effects of dry and sensitive skin despite a strong skincare routine, you need something more serious.
A dedicated hydrating face serum goes well beyond what moisturisers and oils can provide. They penetrate deep into your skin to create a protective layer that retains water – whereas moisturisers only work on the surface of your skin. That means a face serum can repair your dry skin and reduce the chance of scaling.
Our Hydro Boost Serum uses a clinically supported moisturising system made up of 3 actives, at 3.6% concentration, of Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid (20-50kDa) at a low molecular weight allowing it to penetrate deeply and replenish the skins supportive matrix. While Hyaluronic Acid with Chondrus Crispus (algae extract) acts as an external humectant to the skin. D-Panthenol (or Pro-Vitamin B5) is a simple molecule with amazing properties for dry skin that absorbs into skin without disrupting the skin’s lipid layer, attracting water into skin and strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier. Topical panthenol is effective for those with sensitive skin and helps to calm irritated skin, reducing visible skin redness.
For best dry skin on face treatment, consider pairing a hydrating serum with our AHA Resurfacing Serum. This serum provides a dynamic, gentle exfoliation due the slow release mechanism of the lactic acid arginine complex which paves the way for your other products to treat your dry skin with the lasting moisture it needs.
In terms of what ingredients to look for in a healthy, hydrating skincare routine. Make sure the products you choose include things like hyaluronic acid, ProVitamin B5, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, argan oil and ceramides. Additionally, look for serums and other skincare products that contain ingredients that will strengthen the skin’s protective barrier to prevent moisture loss and defend against environmental assault. Most importantly, choose a water-based solution, as they spread across your skin with ease and deliver far greater absorption than the alternatives.
For more tips on keeping hydrated 24/7 all year long check out our 10 top tips for healthy, plumped skin.
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