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Dry skin is uncomfortable. When it comes to skincare, it is important to invest in products that will cater to your specific skin type. However, it can often be hard to find the right product in an industry that never seems to stop releasing new products every second.

In the case of dry skin, which is often accompanied by uncomfortable feelings of peeling and irritation, it is most likely that you have gone through products that have promised to soothe as well as to moisturize. If you can learn the ingredients to avoid for dry skin, you will be able the pick the best skincare product for your dry skin, beyond the façade of marketing jargons on the box!

Quick Takeaways:

  • While Retinoids has been championed across the board for their success in treating acne, retinoids can be too harsh on dry skin.
  • Salicylic Acid is great if you have acne-prone skin but may further dry out your dry skin
  • Alcohol makes the skin feels dry and the surface of skin’s microbiome balance is disrupted, thereby further exacerbating your dry skin problem
  • The use of dyes such as FD&C and D&C colours should be avoided when you look for low irritant and gentle products for your dry skin.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is too harsh for your dry skin, look for mild surfactants

Why is Retinoids Not for Every Skin Type?

While the Retinoids ingredient has been championed across the board for their success in treating acne, wrinkles, and skin conditions like psoriasis and warts, retinoids can be too harsh on dry skin.

Irritation is a side-effect of the ingredient, so adding it on top of already parched skin can be a recipe for disaster. While retinol can be an integral part of any skin care regimen, it can cause issues for sensitive skin users in particular.

If you suffer from acne-prone skin or a skin condition like psoriasis, retinoids are more than likely the holy grail of ingredients. However, if you have dry skin, retinoids can be extremely harsh on your skin, encouraging both dryness and irritation.

Which Alcohol to Avoid and Why?

If you see Specially-Denatured (SD) alcohol, denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol on any skincare product ingredients, these types of alcohols give the product a quick-drying finish. They also effectively remove excess grease or sebum from the skin, so it appeals to those with oily skin.

Dry skin on the other hand, typically lacks grease or sebum on the skin surface so the use of alcohol on dry skin results in only the further dehydration of skin.

When you see these names of alcohol listed in the higher order on skincare product ingredient label, they will make dry skin worse as the higher order simply indicates its concentration within the product is greater. As a result, the skin feels dry and the surface of skin’s microbiome balance is disrupted by higher content of these alcohols within the product. With weakened skin barrier, the skin dryness problem becomes even more pronounced and will most probably lead to sensitive skin.

Should You Avoid Dyes Or Colouring Agents?

Iron oxides are typically used as colouring ingredient within skincare or cosmetics products. These iron oxide molecules are safe because of their higher molecular weights; therefore, they are generally too large to penetrate the skin and they stay on the skin surface.

However dyes with low molecular weights (such as FD&C and D&C colorants) can penetrate the upper layers of the skin, also known as epidermis and cause irritation and allergens in dry and sensitive skin. Therefore, the use of FD&C and D&C colours should be avoided when you are looking for low irritant and gentle products for your dry skin.

What are Surfactants and which ones are mild?

Surfactants are responsible for cleansing that are found in many skincare products such as face washes and body washes. By far the most irritating of all surfactant products on dry skin is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) though it has great foaming and cleansing ability.

Just because a cleanser foams and lathers does not necessarily mean it is a no-go for dry skin—incorporating carefully the blend of surfactants to balance the cleansing effect and mildness on skin have changed the game for those of us who want a good lather that will not strip our skin. Just be sure to read the labels to confirm there are mild surfactant in there, such as Decyl glucoside, Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine (CAHS), Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate.

Always read the ingredient label

Although some products may claim to be suitable for dry skin, the ingredients they contain may simply aggravate the problem. As opposed to searching out for a particular brand or product, it is important to learn to start taking note of the ingredients found listed in the product so that you can make an informed decision as to what you are going to put on your skin. Remember quality over quantity.

Better and Natural Ingredients for Dry Skin

Check out the ingredients below that are natural alternative to Retinoids and Salicylic acid, which are more effective and are perfect for dry skin thanks to pH balanced formula.

  1. Natural Ferment filtrate from French Polynesia stimulates skin desquamation processes even better than retinoic acid based on scientific study, contributing to a better regeneration of skin without side effect. In addition, this can help stimulate skin cell renewal process for a smoother and more even complexion.
  2. Willowherb extract has a unique anti-microbial, anti-irritant that has long been used to soothe common skin irritations, including rosacea and eczema. It is less irritating than Salicylic acid with skin friendly PH product containing this ingredient.

Skin Soothing & Hydrating Booster contains Willow herb extract and Skin brightening booster contains Natural Ferment filtrate. Both boosters are all fragrant free and colorant free.
If you are ready to get skin glowing naturally with effective skincare routine personalised for you, check out our Get Skin Glowing Solution

Set up a quick skin consultation and we’ll walk you through the right skincare routine for you to have glowing skin naturally. Click the link HERE

What are some of your skincare ingredients you avoid today?


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