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Moisturiser: 5 top tips for combating dry skin

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and over the coming weeks, he'll tell you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

By Paddy McGurgan

Dry skin can be challenging, leading to a lacklustre complexion, which can be patchy and prone to wrinkles - so finding the right moisturiser is important.

In the first instance, it's vital you identify what type of skin you have. Typical signs of dry skin include almost invisible pores, dull, rough surface, red patches, skin is less elastic and visible lines.

Another indicator is, after a shower, your skin is noticeably tight and feels uncomfortable or if you have any of the symptoms already mentioned. The good news is there are a host of creams, serums and products to help target and alleviate the signs of dry skin.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Lait Creme Embryolisse, £16.99, Make up Pro Store/Boots

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Lait Creme Embryolisse

I encountered this product for the first time when I was training in Paris. I was impressed by how hydrating this cream was on the skin, yet didn't have a thick consistency.

This three-in-one magic potion is moisturiser, cleanser and primer in a tube, which is why it has become a cult product. Lait Creme provides the skin with nutrients and water for its balance and helps protect it from the elements. And once moisturised and nourished, the skin becomes supple with improved elasticity.

Expect plumped, smoothed, and incredibly soft skin. Meanwhile, signs of dryness and discomfort are reduced, leaving the skin feeling soothed. Finally, Lait Creme Embryolisse's creamy milk texture leaves a satin film, even on dry skin, so it feels softer, looks more radiant and revitalised.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer, £34, Boots/Make up Pro Store

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

This is probably the single most moisturising, hydrating primer I have ever used. Made of 90% water, this wonder product targets dehydrated areas to ensure your skin looks radiant and moisturised.

Expect instant hydration which also smooths skin through a self-levelling, futuristic clear gel. Ingredients including microalgae, vitamin C and B3 work together to help maintain the skin's hydration levels, creating a healthy-looking, balanced finish.

And plant extracts also provide a calming and refreshing feeling, leaving skin fully prepped to apply foundation.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Face & Body Spray, £7, Boots

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La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Face & Body Spray

This refreshing tonic is specifically formulated for daily use for all types of sensitive skin.

Working in harmony with all products within the La Roche-Posay skincare range, Thermal Spring Water is perfect as a toner to comfort and refresh the skin after cleansing and can also be used to help set make-up. Spritz regularly to hydrate, soothe and refresh skin in warmer weather. Anti-oxidant, anti-irritant and anti-itching make it ideal for delicate skin.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, £22.97, Kiehl's

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

This comfortable cream is lightweight, yet intensive, and delivers up to 24-hours of moisture and retains the skin's naturally-sourced moisture. Hello hydration for parched skin.

Vitamin E Moisture Serum, £12, The Body Shop

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Vitamin E Moisture Serum

This well-priced beauty staple is an incredibly effective serum for skin that is lacking in moisture. It relieves dryness and helps to activate hidden ingredients in your existing moisturiser, leading to a beautiful bloom.

Top tips for combating dry skin:

  1. Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily. Choose mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps.
  2. Don't scrub your skin while bathing or drying.
  3. Smooth on a rich moisturiser right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin, but are often messier. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
  4. Use a humidifier, and don't let indoor temperatures get too hot.
  5. Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.

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