Dry, dehydrated skin needs moisture. This is particularly true for the face, where the skin is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the body. If your skin tends to be dry and dehydrated, you will need extra protection and nourishment. A good face moisturiser for dry skin should have specific ingredients to ensure that not only the skin gets hydrated, but it also retains the hydration for some time.

The main features of a face moisturiser for dehydrated skin should include:

  • long lasting hydration
  • anti-ageing properties
  • gentle action to prevent irritation

Over the years, skin can become thinner and dryer, therefore the best face moisturiser available should adapt to the skin providing the right levels of moisture and nourishment. Of course, a good face moisturiser should not feel heavy and clog up the pores. The right combination of ingredients in a face moisturiser should target problem areas like dry and scaly patches of skin while aiding the skin’s natural repair and renewal processes.

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Long Lasting Hydration

There are different types of moisturisers available and choosing the right one for your skin type requires some research. Some moisturisers will provide temporary relief for parched skin, while others work deeply into the skin layers to provide long-lasting hydration.
You want to choose a moisturiser that can deliver hydration deeply into the skin, while locking in the moisture, so you don’t need to re-apply cream throughout the day.
Look for a cream enriched with hyaluronic acid, which is responsible for delivering hydration to the deepest layers of the skin and locking in the moisture.
Lipomoist is another ingredient to look out for: lipomoist is made of protective molecules that delivers hydrating substances to the skin. These molecules are phospholipids that carry and lock in moisture. Lipomoist is particularly beneficial for dry skin as it considerably reduces roughness and makes the skin smooth and supple.

Anti-ageing Properties

The best moisturisers for dry skin should also prevent skin ageing: dry skin tends to age more than oily skin, so it needs more protection.
Look for ingredients such as soy proteins and plant oils like jojoba oil, which is extremely nourishing and softening for the skin. Jojoba oil makes the skin look dewy and healthy.
Vitamin E is also an excellent ingredient in face moisturisers, because it is an antioxidant and can help repair the skin while soothing it.
Anti-ageing creams can feel oily and thick on the skin, so you need a moisturiser that sinks in and gets absorbed quickly without leaving an oily residue.

Gentle Action to Prevent Irritation

If you have dry skin that tends to be sensitive you need to avoid moisturisers containing harsh chemicals and choose products that are gentle on the skin to avoid irritation.
Botanical oils are gentle and have a protective quality for the skin: extra virgin olive oil, for example, has skin softening properties and can also prevent free radical damage thanks to its high levels of antioxidants.
Beware of alcohol and parabens in the list of ingredients because they can irritate the skin, particularly dry skin.

Marlenha Recommends

For a gentle face moisturiser that is suitable for dry and dehydrated skin we recommend Flourish Moisturiser, rich in wrinkle-smoothing octapeptide, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and botanical oils.