Dry Skin

The main causes of dry skin are the degree of fat on the skin and the functioning of the skin barrier. These two together determine the degree of TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss) – by which we measure how quickly moisture evaporates through your skin.

Skin is dynamic and responds to the environment. If you apply regular skin care products with mineral oils that do not penetrate your skin, the skin will lose its normal function and react by making less sebum. As a result, you get drier and drier skin and you have to lubricate more and more. They also call this the labello effect. So it is important to stop using products that contain mineral oils. Your skin will feel dry for a while, but will return to producing more sebum on its own after a while. It is worth a few days of slightly dry skin so that your skin is no longer completely dependent on mineral oils.

There are 2 types of dry skin, lacking in sebum and lacking in moisture. Usually this goes together but both are treated separately here for a better diagnosis.

Low-fat skin has little sebum and often looks somewhat dull. May feel rough and scaly, blotchy and has visibly fine capillaries.

Dehydrated skin feels tight, shows fine lines and ages prematurely. This skin reacts quickly to changes in weather and has barley grains.

LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS

  • Take an omega 3 supplement with at least 600 mg of long-chain omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) and avoid a low-fat diet – eat healthy fats such as seeds and nuts.
  • Use adequate moisturizer and make sure it involves essential oils that can be absorbed rather than petrochemical ones that are not absorbed.
  • Don’t use soap for your face and body – instead use a mild ph balanced shower gel or even better a cleansing cream.
  • Watch out for sun light.
  • Avoid strong exfoliants.
  • Use products that contain hyaluronic acid.
  • Use a good quality probiotic supplement and apply live probiotics to your skin to improve the skin barrier and reduce TEWL on the skin surface.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME

Eqology Omega-3

Esse Cream Cleanser/EsseSensitive Cleanser

Esse Toner or Esse Toner Plus

Esse Probiotic Serum/EsseHyaluronic Serum

EsseUltra/Rich or Esse Restorative Moisturiser

Esse Eye Contour Cream

Esse Cream Mask

We have also put together two special packages for dry skin. You can find those here and here.

If your skin is not used to natural products or is very sensitive, we recommend first using Esse Sensitive for 4-8 weeks to allow your skin to get used to Esse’s high-quality ingredients.