Have you noticed that your skin feels drier than usual right now? The Winter sun and cold can dry out your skin a little, especially on your uncovered face – but what do you do if you have dry skin all the time? In the first of our special skincare guides, here’s how to tell if you do have dry skin, how to treat it, and our pick of the best budget skincare for dry skin – all under $30! - from The Well Store!
Do I have dry skin? What is my skin type? Do you actually know your skin type? It is important to know your skin type, so you can treat your skin with the right formulated products. Skin is usually categorised as either oily, dry,
combination, sensitive or normal. Some people have one definite skin type, others have a mix of skin types.
An easy way to help identify your main skin type is to gently cleanse your skin, and without applying any other products, look at how your skin appears and feels a short time after. Does it feel tight? Then you might have dry skin. If it is starting to get shiny, your skin type is likely to be oily, or combination if the shine is only in certain places, like your forehead.
The characteristics of dry skin
Having a dry skin type means your skin does not produce much oil all year round, not just when the weather changes. Dry skin on your face tends to look and feel:
- Matt and not shiny
- Flaky in places
How to treat dry skin
So now you know that you likely have dry skin, the next question is how to treat it? And the answer is: Gently and with lots of moisture! Here’s a quick and easy skincare routine for dry skin that you can do at home. You can do this routine using the products we have listed under our best budget skincare for dry skin
below, if you aren’t sure which products to try:
1. Start with a cleanse. Dry skin needs a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin’s natural oils.
2. Gently exfoliate. But avoid harsh scrubbing to remove any flakiness. The key is to gently remove any dead skin, so your moisturiser can sink deeply into the skin and do its job.
3. Apply a gentle toner to prep your skin for moisturising and remove any trace of your cleanser and exfoliator.
4. Apply a rich natural-based moisturiser, which will help to replace the oil that is
lacking in your skin.
5. Mask – Once or twice a week, apply a mask to give your skin an extra boost of moisture.
Best budget skincare for dry skin: The Well Store’s top picks under $30
Cleanse: La Mav Hydra Calm Cleansing Crème, $29.95
This ultra-rich organic cleansing crème from Australian brand La Mav is great for dry skin, asit helps to ‘replenish essential cellular lipids in the skin’ whilst preventing moisture loss. Formulated with natural ingredients including Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Seed Oil and Shea Butter, simply apply to moist skin and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Exfoliate: Raww Polish Me Facial Exfoliator, $19.99
Don’t be fooled by the name – this 100% natural, creamy exfoliator removes dry and dead skin without scrubbing! It is supercharged with Raww’s Wildberry Harvest concentrate for all-day hydration, together with other superfood moisture maximisers including Coconut Water, Jojoba Oil, and Shea Butter. And it also smells divine, like vanilla, lime, and coconut!
Tone: La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist, $27.95
The perfect partner to the La Mav Hydra Calm Cleansing Crème, La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist is a dry skin multi-tasker, balancing your skin’s pH whilst hydrating the skin. Ingredients include Kakadu Plum which is rich in Vitamin C and natural Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin.
Moisturise: Weleda Skin Food Light, $25.95
Quench your dry skin instantly with this fast-absorbing moisturiser by Weleda, which not only leaves the skin soft and smooth but supports the natural skin barrier to stop it from drying out. Light in texture, it delivers intense moisture from ingredients including organic sunflower oil and chamomile, making it ideal as a facial moisturiser for daily use and on-the-go.
Mask: Orgaid Anti-Aging and Moisturising sheet mask, $9.95
Infused with organic botanicals, this mask is made with advanced ‘Ecoderma’ fabric technology to allow the serum to soak into the skin. Antioxidant ingredients including Niacinamide, Aloe Vera, and Hyaluronic Acid leave skin supple, moisturised, and instantly replenished. Apply the mask, relax for half an hour, and see and feel the benefits!
Need more help and advice for your skin?
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And remember - if you do have specific skin concerns and issues you are worried about, see your GP or a dermatologist. Our skincare guides and blogs are intended as general advice only.