Favourite Products for Dryness
For what its worth, here a just some of my favourite products to help with redness, itchiness and very severe dryness:
I discovered the Eau Thermale Avene skincare range a few years ago and I really like their products. Not only is their packaging attractive and their range very diverse, but most importantly, the products actually work in the manner described. Even if you don't suffer from a skin condition per se, but just have dry skin, I would highly recommend their Trixera Emollient Balm - it is deeply moisturising, reduces redness and irritation and is fragrance-free. If that wasn't enough, like all of the Avene range, it is perfect for sensitive skin and is very reasonably priced. For those of you with combination, normal or oily skin, the brand also has numerous options for these skin types.
Akin to psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis are very sensitive and irritable skin conditions that require careful attention and plenty of commitment. I recently read about a fantastic, non-steroidal cream that has significantly reduced the rate at which my psoriasis worsens and spreads - Salcura Bioskin Dermaspray. One of the best features of this product is that it comes in a spray form, meaning that it is ideal for covering a large surface area in very little time, and with little rubbing in. Although it can be hard to find, I discovered it in Sam McCauley Chemists and online at LookFantastic.com. If you have a very troublesome or aggressive dry skin condition, this is definitely worth a try.
Whilst not specifically designed for problem skin, Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil is one of my favourite products for when my complexion is feeling a little dehydrated or psoriatic dryness becomes obvious. I love to apply it after cleansing before bed as it feels luxurious to put on and the divine scent helps me to drift off . A great dual-purpose skin treat. Although the bottle is small, a little goes a very long way given that it's only used about 1-2 times a week and only two drops at a time. A top recommendation if your skin is tiring of our unusually humid weather, or simply if you feel like pampering yourself.
The most important piece of advice that I can impart is to not let your skin woes get you down, whatever they may be. Having severe acne, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis is not an easy thing to come to terms with sometimes, and it can be particularly difficult to handle the effect that they can have on your self-esteem. One thing that I never allowed my symptoms to change was my love of fashion or my desire to wear dresses that revealed my lesion-clad arms and legs. Therefore, when I am feeling low, I put on a favourite outfit and some of the best accessories I own - it never fails to lift my mood, no matter how bad the psoriasis might be. I have always had a penchant for good shoes and handbags, so when I don't feel very body confident on a certain day, I choose a neutral, basic outfit and lift it with a favourite pair of heels or beloved brogues and throw a beautifully-made bag on my shoulder. Never underestimate the power of sharp accessorising to counter-balance (in as much as possible) a bad skin day.