As quality skincare and grooming practices become more and more the norm, people are left wanting to learn how to better manage skin issues that they come across from day to day. Pureman wants to answer some of the most common questions that we’ve come across about dealing with dry and sensitive skin.
What is dry skin and what causes it?
Though there are an inherited group of disorders that can cause dry skin, called ichthyosis, majoritively dry skin is caused by environmental factors. Low humidity, too much time in hot water (literally, not figuratively!) and hot or cold weather. Dry skin can also be caused by hormonal imbalances and lack of natural oils in your skin. Dry skin feels tight, itchy and rough and can create peeling or rashes, making your skin look dull and lack lustre.
What is sensitive skin and what causes it?
Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated by factors such as changing weather temperatures, dust, environmental and other allergies, or products that come into contact with your skin. These irritations can present in the form of redness, blotchiness, dryness, bumps and breakouts. Genetic factors such as age, race differences and gender can also come into play when dealing with sensitive skin.
How can I combat dry and sensitive skin?
There are many ways in which you can help improve dry and sensitive skin. Limiting your time in the bath or shower and using warm water as opposed to hot water will improve dryness. Using a humidifier at home to add more moisture in the air will help keep your skin more naturally moisturised.
When looking at other ways to combat dry and sensitive skin, skincare regimen and products that you choose to use can improve irritations and be a major help when it comes to keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy and moisturised.
Choosing and using the right products
When you’re fighting dry and sensitive skin, it is imperative that you choose products that are gentle, ideally fragrance free or very lightly fragranced, and created with sensitive skin in mind. Of course, there are some cases in which a simple change of products will not do the trick. If you suffer from a more serious case of dryness and sensitivity, see your GP and work with them to find a solution that is best for you.
However, if you’re one of the majority of people who suffers from skin conditions that can be improved upon with the right tips and tricks in the comfort of your own home (and bathroom!), then look no further. We’ve got you covered.
Washes and Cleansers
Anthony Logistics’ Algae Facial Cleanser: is specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin. It cleanses, conditions and moisturises while you wash. The marine ingredients deeply cleanse and leave your skin feeling refreshed and soothed.
Brickell Purifying Charcoal Face Wash: With a massive amount of natural extracts and vitamins, this charcoal face wash deep cleans, moisturises and rebuilds your skin’s natural protective cushioning. It is 99% natural and 60% organic. One thing to be aware of, the product is scented with peppermint, lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils. It smells amazing, but make sure your sensitive skin can handle it before getting locked in to this wash.
Baxter of California Daily Face Wash: Free of fragrances, sulphate and parabens and containing awesome coconut derived cleansing agents, as well as aloe and allantoin, this daily face wash reduces redness and hydrates the skin. If you like a soft face and facial hair, it can cleanse and soften your beard, too!
Gentleman’s Brand Co. Face Wash: Filled with natural ingredients and only mildly scented, this wash thoroughly cleanses skin of bacteria and debris, but doesn’t irritate dry or sensitive skin. The locally grown Australian Kakadu Plum is is a rich source of vitamin C and is an essential nutrient that helps slow down the aging process.
Hunter Lab Cleansing Facial Scrub: Hunter Lab does it again with this two in one a foaming facial cleanser and exfoliant. This scrub is perfect as a product to help clear and prevent breakouts and is great for sensitive skin. Made with a list of natural ingredients, Hunter Lab Cleansing Facial Scrub hydrates and stimulates cell renewal while the sugarcane within gently sloughs away dead skin cells for healthier, glowing skin.
Hunter Lab Face Fuel: is a must for when it comes to hydrating and moisturising your dry skin. This all day moisturiser nourishes and intensely hydrates Macadamia, passionfruit and avocado seed oils smooth, rejuvenate and stabilise stressed skin.
Anthony Logistics All Purpose Facial Moisturiser: This all purpose moisturiser is lightweight and great for dry and sensitive skin. Enriched with vitamins to fight the signs of aging and wheat protein to improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. It even helps improve your skin’s texture and any discolouration or blotches due to sensitivity and irritation.
Brickell Daily Defense Moisturiser for Men: Made with a natural zinc based SPF along with amazing natural ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea and vitamin E, this moisturiser is awesome for sensitive and dry skin as well as normal or oily skin. Not only is it anti-aging, it fights free radicals, protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays and deeply moisturises.