Fact: Dry skin is one of the leading causes of wrinkles.
When I first read that snippet of ageing intel, I found myself shuddering and reaching for a shot of the nearest moisturiser. But the truth is, lotion alone won’t solve your thirsty skin’s woes. You need a variety of tactics. “The key to treating dehydration is to exfoliate and introduce products that are rich in moisture, like hyaluronic acid,” says Emma Hobson of The International Dermal Institute. Exfoliate twice a week to slough away dead skin cells.
1. La Mer The Concentrate 2. Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream 3. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil 4. Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil 5. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate 6. Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream 7. Estée Laudee Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Crème.
But if, like TLC, you don’t want no scrubs, remember this: a build-up of dead skin cells means moisturiser won’t penetrate and your skin will remain dry. Next up, get into oils. A good facial oil is like a cashmere coat. It seems indulgent, but once you make the investment, you can’t imagine how you coped before. After moisturising, press a couple of drops of facial oil, such as Sisley’s decadent Black Rose Precious Face Oil, on your face, beginning with your cheeks. “If you wear both at the same time, you get the most hydration,” says New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco. Model and skincare entrepreneur Miranda Kerr also swears by facial oils, especially rosehip. Or take a leaf out of Italian icon Sophia Loren’s book, who owes her long-lasting good looks to “the odd bath in virgin olive oil” – a beauty ritual from the ancient Romans. When in Rome…