Are men more prone to experiencing dryness?
“Not necessarily. However, it’s worth noting that the typical male dermis is about 20% thicker than women’s skin and men have been found to be more susceptible to UVA and UVB damage. As a result, men must be even more diligent with sunscreen. To prevent dry skin occurring, or worsening, ensure you apply a daily SPF every morning.” – John
So, what’s the best way to treat it?
“First, review your products to ensure you are not stripping the skin. Don’t use too many exfoliators in your routine. Try and match your cleanser to your skin type – a hydrating or non-foaming cleanser is usually a good choice. Look at how you wash the skin and make sure the water is not too hot. Finally, look out for moisturisers that have ingredients shown to support the barrier function of the skin.” – Ifeoma
“There are three basic categories of ingredients to look out for in moisturisers:
Humectants attract and bind water from the deeper layers of the skin or environment if ambient humidity is over 80%. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most common humectants found in skincare and has the ability to attract 1,000 times its own weight in water. It has a light texture and can often be found in facial serums, as well as creams, and can temporarily plump up fine lines with its hydration effects. Other common humectants include glycerine, hexanediol, butylene glycerol and sorbitol.
These create a barrier over the skin and prevent water loss. Common occlusives found in moisturisers include dimethicone, squalene, propylene glycol, lecithin, cocoa butter, shea butter, lanolin, petrolatum, paraffin and beeswax.
These moisturising agents work by filling in the gaps between skin cells and replacing skin lipids. Ingredients which can act as emollients include dimethicone, trisiloxane, ceramides, linoleic acid and caprylyl glycol, to name a few.” – Anjali
What if you have sensitive skin? Should you treat it differently?
“If there is sensitivity, you need to treat it first and understand why the skin is sensitive and what might have caused it. That could involve removing fragrances and exfoliators from your routine for a short period of time.” – Ifeoma
“Sensitive skin can be hard to manage as it’s often unpredictable. If you do suffer with sensitivity, harsh soaps, toners and astringents should be avoided. Watch out for sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, salicylic acid, AHAs and alcohol. Facial oil can also make things worse, so it’s best to avoid them altogether if you’re experiencing sensitivity.” – Anjali