How to hydrate dry skin

How to Hydrate and Care for Dry Skin?

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Tired of dull, tight, itchy and flaky skin? No idea what’s causing the dry skin on your face or how to treat it? Olay is here to help. Discover the most common causes of dry or sensitive skin, find out how to hydrate your skin with a moisturiser, how to hydrate dry skin from the inside, and how to treat the dry skin around your eyes.

What causes dry skin?

Dry skin is a very common concern, but figuring out why your skin is dry can be tricky. If the skin on your face or under your eyes is itchy, tight, dull or cracked, these are just some of the potential causes:

  • Your skin may be naturally dry

  • Extremely hot or cold weather

  • Long, hot showers can have a drying effect

  • Age can also be a factor

  • Chronic skin conditions.

For more on this topic, check out our article dedicated to what causes dry skin.

How moisturisers help tackle dry skin

Moisturisers can help tackle dry skin by replenishing and locking in moisture. If you already have dry skin, a good moisturiser can help reduce the dryness but using a moisturiser can also help prevent your skin from drying out in the first place.

Build this step into your morning and evening skincare routine as soon as possible: moisturising your skin with a great moisturiser not only replenishes lost moisture, but helps prevent your skin from losing it in the future, keeping your skin supple and hydrated.

In the evening, we recommend a heavier hydrating moisturiser and in the morning, go for a lighter cream, ideally one with integrated SPF protection.

How to hydrate your skin for maximum benefit

First of all, applying your moisturiser at the right time matters. Get the most out of your moisturiser by applying it right after you’ve cleansed your face. Cleansing removes all the make-up, oil and dirt from your skin so that the moisturiser can absorb more easily. Discover our tips for a deep but gentle cleanse and how cleansing helps prepare your skin for hydration.

The best time to moisturise is right after showering or washing your face, because you can lock in the moisture that’s already on your skin. Make sure your skin is dry to the touch, to avoid your moisturising cream not absorbing properly. So pat your skin dry with a towel, then gently massage your moisturiser into your skin.

Pro tip: Apply your moisturiser with upward strokes to help counterbalance gravity’s force which pulls your skin downwards.


How to choose the right ingredients to hydrate your skin

Do you often find yourself uncertain which ingredients are most effective for hydrating your skin? Olay can help. The key ingredients in a great skin care routine for dry skin are the following:

  1. Glycerine. A natural compound with powerful moisturising capabilities that hydrates dry skin. Glycerine pulls water molecules into the top layers of your skin, replenishing lost water where it is needed the most.

  2. Petrolatum. This is a hydrophobic ingredient that works as a protective barrier for your skin, sealing in moisture and helping to prevent moisture loss.

  3. Niacinamide. Moisturisers with Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3) in the ingredient list help improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier and retain moisture.

  4. Triple treat. Choose a moisturiser that has all three of these key ingredients to maintain healthy-looking, supple skin.

How to hydrate dry skin with Olay

To tackle dry patches on your face with Olay, we recommend two of our best hydrating moisturisers to help you achieve a smooth and revitalised look. Great news – they’re both suitable for all skin types

We developed Olay Regenerist 3 Point Firming Anti-Ageing Cream to hydrate your skin and help improve its elasticity. Supercharged with Amino-Peptide Complex II, Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid and Pentapeptides , it helps you get the supple and youthful look you’d like to see in the mirror.

Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 30 gives you instant absorption and a lightweight feel with a matte finish. Vitamin B3, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Amino-Peptide Complex are the ingredients that will help you get the most out of this light-as-air hydrating moisturiser.

It also provides SPF 30 that helps protect your skin against harmful UVA and UVB sun rays. Discover more about why using a cream with SPF is a perfect way to start your morning.

Masks and serums for dry skin

For extra hydration or a quick boost, you can add a serum or a face mask to your routine, but don’t skip your moisturiser even if you do opt to use a mask or serum. Instead, add any serums or masks as an extra step in addition to your moisturiser.

Apply your mask after you’ve thoroughly cleansed your face so your skin can suck up all the moisture it can get, then wash off any excess cream if the instructions say so. Follow with your serum and seal all the goodness in with your moisturiser.

Hydrating your skin from the inside out

Hydrating your skin from the inside is just as important as what you treat it with from the outside. Drinking plenty of water every day is key to keeping your entire body, and therefore your skin hydrated.

Do you find it hard to drink that much water? You can get some of your daily water intake from foods that are rich in water such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, or even skimmed milk.

These foods not only help hydrate your skin, but provide your body with much-needed vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Eat them on their own, mix a few into a fruit salad or create a delicious fruit smoothie. You’ll be upping your water intake and helping to keep your skin looking healthy and plump.

How to tackle dry skin around your eyes

If you have dry skin on your eyelids or under your eyes, it requires a more specialised treatment than a regular face cream. The skin around your eyes is extremely thin, and therefore much more fragile, so it needs a cream or moisturiser designed specifically for the eye area. Discover our tips on how to apply an eye cream.

Try Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel with Hyaluronic Acid, peptides and Niacinamide, it will hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes, for a wide-awake, refreshed look.

Deep Hydrating Eye Gel

For Tired and Dry Eyes

The bottom line

Now that you know how to moisturise your face and eye area for hydrated, healthier-looking skin, pamper yourself with Olay’s best hydrators and fight dry skin with a skin-saving dose of moisture.