Caring for dry skin

Does your face feel dry, tight or itchy after showering? Is it often uncomfortable? Then you are definitely part of the dry skin club, with skin that needs softness. Let's look at how to fix this.

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"It’s important not to confuse dry skin with dehydrated skin"

In fact, there are real differences that need to be understood to make the right choices for your skin. Dry or very dry skin is a skin type, it is an inherent characteristic of the epidermis. It shows up as tightness or itching skin in certain places, and roughness, among other things. Whereas dehydration is a temporary condition that can affect every skin type. When dehydrated, cells have difficulty retaining water, whereas in the case of dry skin, it is more a question of a lack of lipids. In short, having dry and dehydrated skin at the same time is quite possible! And to care for your skin, you need to understand whether it needs water, fat or both.

Why is my skin dry?

Why is my skin dry?

Dry skin is often a daily source of discomfort. This is even worse in winter, when our skin is really put through its paces. In order to find the right products and regain lasting comfort, it is important to understand the causes. 

Skin is dry when the hydrolipidic film, which acts as a barrier to the epidermis, is lacking in lipids. This natural protective shield allows damaging external factors such as cold, heat and pollution to penetrate the skin. The stratum corneum lacks the lipids needed to make the intercellular cement strong and watertight. Gone are the lipids of the epidermis and in comes the dull complexion and uncomfortable, rough skin.

Argan oil: a natural source of lipids

To take care of dry skin on the face and body, the skin needs lipids, specifically ceramides, for deep nourishment. Our argan oil is full of them!

Argan oil has been used for thousands of years for its many benefits. Its richness in fatty acids (palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acid) makes it dry skin’s best friend. Not only does it restore the skin’s moisture barrier (the famous hydrolipidic film on the surface of the skin), but it also significantly increases ceramides: the lipids naturally present in the skin at the level of intercellular cement. Intense nutrition, guaranteed. 

Peony’s skin-soothing power

Peony’s skin-soothing power

An in-depth look at this flower with incredible properties for dry and sensitive skin. A true symbol of traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia, it has been used for centuries in Asia to alleviate nervousness, headaches or to consolidate yin, the energy of rest and relaxation. At Klorane, we have chosen the peony for its richness in paeoniflorin, found in its roots, a compound with powerful soothing and anti-irritant properties for dry to very dry skin. The organic Peony extract we use reduces skin sensitivity by half, for an instant soft cocoon effect! 

Is my skin sensitive?

Is my skin sensitive?

Dry skin is sometimes associated with sensitive skin. In fact, the skin’s moisture barrier is dehydrated, which can be the cause of these two skin types. When skin is sensitive, it reacts in particular to variations in temperature, stress or strong emotions. Visible redness or a feeling of warmth then appears. This sensitivity may vary from time to time, disappearing for several months and then returning. Simple formulas containing naturally derived ingredients are always the best to care for and nourish sensitive skin.

Understanding sensitive skin

What should I avoid when I have dry skin?

Our expert advice for you

If you notice that your skin is particularly tight after cleansing your face with tap water (often very hard), it is better to cleanse without water or to use thermal or floral waters which are gentler and therefore ideal for dry skin.

By using too many different skincare products or by overusing scrubs and cleansers, the skin can become dry and dehydrated.
We always recommend simple formulas containing naturally derived ingredients to only give the skin what it needs, in a gentle way.

Sensitive skin generally dislikes alcohol and perfumes (chemical or natural) found in some skincare products or cleansers. The best thing to do is to banish these two ingredients from your bathroom for good if you have sensitive skin, and opt for a gentler ritual!

The key word here is: protect, protect, protect! If you can't limit your exposure to extreme temperatures, make sure you protect yourself as much as possible and use skincare products containing naturally derived ingredients adapted to your dry skin before and after.

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