Is your skin rough, flaky and generally lacklustre? It needs more than moisture. The must-haves for dry skin are hydration-boosting humectants, softening emollients, and ingredients that help replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier, seal moisture in and keep bacteria, dirt and pollution out.
What ingredients does dry skin need?
These are the natural powerhouses that will restore dry skin to soft, supple and glowing.
Aloe veraPacked with calming compounds aloe is a skin-soother, hydrator and conditioner. Rich in polysaccharides it softens, comforts and helps lock in much-needed moisture to rough, itchy and irritated skin.
Find aloe vera in: Daily Vitamin C Radiance Serum
AntioxidantsAs dry skin often suffers from a compromised barrier, it’s prone to sensitivity, itchiness, and dermatitis. Multi-tasking antioxidants calm inflammation and help the skin to repair itself, and protect against the pollution and irritants that make it worse.
Find antioxidants in: Botanical Cleansing Gel, Botanical Toner, Essential Moisturizer, Nourishing Face Oil
One of the building blocks of skin, ceramides are lipids that bond skin cells together to reinforce the barrier, lock moisture in and keep skin comfortable and protected.
GlycerinFound naturally in the body this hard-working humectant draws water to skin, restores elasticity, and prevents what's known as trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) to help keep skin velvety soft and supple.
Find glycerin in: Botanical Cleansing Gel, Botanical Toner, Essential Moisturizer
Hyaluronic acidThis mighty humectant attracts and holds water to the skin, giving a temporary plumping effect as it boosts hydration. When skin feels rough and dry treat it to a hyaluronic serum after cleansing while it's still damp, and seal in with a moisturizer for the best results.
Find hyaluronic acid in: Daily Vitamin C Radiance Serum, Essential Moisturizer
A natural alternative to environmentally harmful silicones this lightweight emollient is derived from renewable sources such as sugar beet and coconut oil. It’s non-oily and quickly absorbed to help form a breathable, protective film and soften and smooth rough, flaky skin.
NiacinamideA stellar all-rounder, niacinamide is superb for dry, dull, irritated skin and barrier repair. With powerful anti-inflammatory properties it calms redness and angry breakouts, and helps increase levels of the fatty acids and ceramides that make up the skin’s protective layer. The result? Soothed, strengthened and protected skin.
Find niacinamide in: Daily Vitamin C Radiance Serum
PanthenolOtherwise known as provitamin B5, panthenol is a natural humectant that draws water to the skin to plump, soften, smooth and restore barrier function.
Find panthenol in: Botanical Cleansing Gel
Plant oils & buttersDry skin naturally lacks the lipids that prevent moisture loss and protect against irritants. To help replenish them nutrient-packed plant oils and plant butters are the go-to. A rich source of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they nourish, smooth, soften, protect and can even have anti-microbial properties. There is nothing better. Our favorites for dry, sensitive skin? Stand-out oils include hemp seed, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, rosehip seed, evening primrose and tamanu. When it comes to plant butters look for shea, cacao, macadamia and babassu.
Find plant oils in: Essential Moisturizer, Nourishing Face Oil
Another humectant that helps give dry skin back its bounce, polyglutamic acid is so impressive that it attracts and holds more than four times the moisture of skincare favorite hyaluronic acid. It's a bigger molecule than hyaluronic so sits on top of the skin rather than going into the epidermis, so these two powerhouse hydrators work brilliantly together.
Pre and probiotics
The ecosystem of bacteria living on our skin help keep it calm and healthy. If it gets out of balance an overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria overwhelms skin-friendly bugs, which has been linked to dryness, inflammation and eczema. Look for creams with probiotics and the prebiotic ingredients that feed them.
Here’s where one letter can make all the difference. Squalene is a natural lipid produced by the skin. One of the best natural sources is shark liver, and squalene has been routinely harvested from sharks for cosmetic use. An investigation by All Earthlings found that 89 per cent of products testing positive for shark-derived squalene were sold as vegan and cruelty free. The good news is that squalane, plant-derived squalene, is sourced from olives, rice bran and sugar cane and is an excellent moisturizer for uncomfortable, dry or stressed skin.