What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a common skin condition characterized by insufficient oil content in the upper layers of the skin called the epidermis. Dehydration of the skin, or lack of water is confused with a lack of oil in the skin. Dry skin can affect all age groups but is more common as we age due to the reduction of oil production. As a person ages, the skin loses natural oils and lubricants over time. This increases their risk for dry skin. Dry skin can sometimes be invisible to the naked eye, or it can be characterized by a fine, dry, powder-like appearance. If left untreated, the skin may become more irritated and can lead to the development of red rashes.

What is the treatment for dry skin?

Dry skin is a lack of oil in the skin so the treatment for dry skin is to replace those oils both externally and internally. Dry skin can be prevented by avoiding the use of harsh soaps, chemical cleansers, astringents, and oil free moisturizers. Increasing Essential Fatty Acids internally like Omega 3, Vitamin A, Antioxidants, Avocados, and selected nuts is effective, but must be used in conjunction with a correct skin care regime.


A good home care routine is the perfect place to start. Ideally using a non-foaming cleanser such as a milk or one with an oil base gives the nourishment a dry skin needs. Use of a nourishing cleanser morning and night to remove dirt and debris from the skin but not to strip the skin is ideal. Neue’s Botanical Oil Cleanser and Ceramide Milk Wash will help return lipids back to the skin. This is what dry skin is lacking in. If wearing make-up, it is important to cleanse twice – once to remove make up and second to balance the skin.


A nourishing or hydrating spritz without any alcohol or astringents such as the Lilly Pilli Spritz would be best for a Dry Skin. Many skin care ranges claim that a toner removes the excess cleanser or make up. However, if this is the case then your cleanser is not doing the right job or you are not removing it correctly. Toners also claim to close the pores – this is a myth. Our pores are open follicles to allow sebum, sweat and toxins to leave the body.


Applying a glycerine based nourishing serum full of lubricating ingredients free of mineral oils and glycols is ideal. The skin will feel relief once serums are applied. Serums are a powerhouse of ingredients which can improve most skin issues. Serums should be used prior to a moisturiser. Neue’s Silk Serum will bring instant relief to a dry skin. For anti-aging – Neue’s Stem Cell Serum contains Vitamin C and Multi-Peptides which enhances collagen synthesis.


An oil-based moisturizer such as Neue’s Enriched Cream will not only nourish a dry skin but add a protective layer, allowing the serum to do its work. For Anti-Aging, our Marine Cream with Watermelon Seed extract, and Marine Collagen with target collagen synthesis in the skin.

Skin Exfoliation

Exfoliation is important but only once a week to once a fortnight for Dry skins. For resilient skins, use Neue’s Pumice Polish will make the skin silky smooth with the duo of AHA’s and the physical action of the puffing the skin with the pumice powder.

Sun Protection

Protect from sun damage. If sun exposure is inevitable, make sure to use sunscreen with SPF 15-30 to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays.[10] It’s ideal to use a mineral-based sunblock. These sunblock’s sit on the surface of the skin. Chemical sunblock’s tend to absorb into the skin and are now being found in skin cancers.

Book in for a 3D Magic Mirror Analysis so we can ascertain your true Skin Type and prescribe the perfect regime as your home care.


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  • 4. Resnick, B. “Dermatologic Problems in the Elderly.” Lippincott’s Primary Care Practice 1.1 Mar. 1997: 14-30.