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Dry Skin 101

While dry skin can happen to us at any point of the year, the summer months tend to cause many of us further dryness, especially if we spend a lot of time outdoors. 

Whether you live in a dry climate or get a lot of sun, dryness can happen for various reasons. While some people are more prone to dry skin, they are a variety of factors ranging from too frequent hot showers or baths, to sensitive skin irritations (such as eczema or rosacea).

Although, in the hotter months, spending more time in the sun will definitely contribute to more damage and irritation to your skin. If you get a sunburn, your blood vessels dilate, causing redness and hyperpigmentation. Contrary to popular belief, sunburns aren't from the heat. According to dermatologist Saira George, MD, sunburns are from UV radiation. This is why it's important to wear SPF even when it's cloudy. Plus, 80-90% of all visible signs of aging is caused from sun exposure.

Even though we can do our best to protect our skin with SPF, some of us have naturally occurring dry skin that just becomes more aggravated in the summer and winter. Sometimes, even when using sunscreen and a humidifier, it just doesn't seem to stop.

We tend to notice dry skin a lot faster on our face because the skin on our face is thinner than the rest of the body. That's why we typically take care of our faces differently, with more steps.

Understanding your skin type can help you distinguish the ingredients that should be in your products and the ones you should avoid. While I'm no skin expert or dermatologist, knowing your skin type can sometimes be tricky. For some, it's hard to distinguish between dry skin and oily skin because when our skin is dry, sometimes it can overproduce oil.

One of the easiest ways to figure out your skin type is how it feels after cleansing and before you put on your moisturizer or oil. After cleansing, if this is the only time your skin feels oil-free, you may have naturally oily skin. If your skin feels tighter after letting your face dry, this is a clear indication that your skin is naturally dry! While there are a number of other skin types with their own set of indicators, sometimes these two can be difficult to distinguish between if you deal with a combination of skin symptoms. 

If you have naturally dry skin, it means that your skin lacks oil. When your skin is dry, it can often show more fine lines, lack elasticity and appear dull. Moisture is key when taking care of dry skin and layering your products can help you get ahead of the dryness. When layering, remember to use your products from thinnest to thickest. Look for oils that are rich in oleic fatty acids, that tend to be richer and thicker, benefiting those with dry or aging skin. Oils rich in oleic acid act as a protective barrier to keep moisture locked into your skin for longer. 

Look for products that have squalane, jojoba oil and hemp seed oil. In fact, our Hydrate and Restore Facial Oils contain a combination of these miracle-working ingredients, among many others. 

Our facial oils are formulated for all skin types, but our Restore Facial Oil is especially beneficial for dry skin types. Containing maracuja (passion fruit seed oil) that is naturally high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids to repair damage and help to dissolve excess sebum and impurities to balance oil production. While being especially effective at soothing dry skin and providing hydration, plumpness and nourishment without clogging pores. 

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