The routine I recommend for dry skin

ANN O’TOOLE , SKINCARE EXPERT Raffertys Pharmacy, Cornelscourt Shopping Centre, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

The routine I recommend for dry skin

During winter many of my customers complain of dry skin. Ior very dry, irritated skin I recommend a three-step routine from the brand La Roche-Posay.

The Lipikar range is designed to compensate for the lack of oils within the skin and to protect it from daily aggressors and calm sensitivity. The simple three-step routine consists of washing the body with a product called Lipikar Syndet; this anti-irritation body cleanser has a gel cream texture and contains no soap or fragrance so is ideal for irritated skin. It works to restore suppleness and comfort the skin while showering.

To moisturise and protect the skin against aggressors I recommend either Lipikar Baume AP+ or Lipikar Lait, depending on the customer. For very dry skin prone to irritation I recommend the Lipikar Baume AP+, it’s hydrating and nourishing and fragrance free. Due to the high concentration of nourishing active ingredients you only need one application per day. It is called “Quick Dress” meaning you can get dressed immediately after application without having to wait for the product to absorb into the skin. Lipikar Lait is a lightly fragranced body milk to nourish, hydrate and relieve tight sensation, while spritzing La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring water to the skin throughout the day has the ability to soothe, soften and protect the skin against free radical damage.

My top tips for dry skin? Avoid long baths; when bathing add a replenishing oil to the bath water,;avoid hot water, opt insteadfor a tepid water; limit your time in the shower 5- 10 minutes max; pat skin dry after you shower; eat omega rich foods.

ANN O’TOOLE , SKINCARE EXPERT Raffertys Pharmacy, Cornelscourt Shopping Centre, Cabinteely, Dublin 18