Many factors can cause our skin to become dry, cracked or flaky. moisturisers help nourish our skin and prevent problems like these from occurring, along with others like itches, rashes and premature aging. Some people wonder how it’s possible for skin to become dry in Thailand’s hot, humid climate. Let's delve into some of the factors that make our skin dry and learn how to choose the right moisturiser to treat and prevent dry skin.

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The ideal kind of facial cleanser is one that maintains your skin’s natural moisture, doing its job to remove dirt, makeup and excess oil, while not drying out the skin. Look for a soap-free, fragrance-free, gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser. And be sure not to over-wash, as this can lead to dryness and irritation. Cleansing your face once in the morning and once in the evening should be enough.

What's the best moisturiser for dry skin?

As well as helping your skin feel softer and smoother, moisturizers can improve hydration and help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Look for a gentle moisturizer for sensitive skin that doesn’t contain unnecessary (and potentially irritating) ingredients such as colors and fragrances. Cetaphil Moisturising Cream, Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion, are specially formulated for sensitive skin; fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. 

Did you know there are different levels of dry skin? And that each requires a special moisturiser to treat? Ask yourself first: How dry is my skin? And then: Which Cetaphil moisturiser is best suited to nourish it?

1. Normal - Dry Skin

Skin is slightly dehydrated. It may feel uncomfortable or turn very dry in winter or when you lack rest. It is recommended to use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, a body lotion that helps restore the skin's protective barrier within 7 days.1 The formula absorbs quickly and lightly. Moisturize immediately after use. Skin’s moisture is maintained for up to 48 hours1. This lotion can be used to treat 5 signs of dry skin: weakened skin barrier, dry skin, lack of moisture, uneven skin and easily irritated skin. Or skin that feels tight and uncomfortable.

  • 94% of users say their skin immediately felt hydrated after use2
  • 97% of users felt it immediately helped treat signs of sensitive skin.2
  • Tested by dermatologists as gentle on sensitive skin.

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2. Very dry skin

Skin is dry and tight. It itches or becomes flaky or red. When rubbed, it feels rough. Use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, an intensive nourishing cream enriched with sweet almond oil, vitamin B3, pro-vitamin B5 and glycerin to help restore strength to sensitive skin. Produces soft, moist skin and maintains skin's moisture for 48 hours. It helps to completely restore skin's natural moisture in just 1 week3

  • Restores skin's protective barrier within 3-7 days after use4
  • 97% of users say their skin felt more hydrated after use5
  • Fragrance and paraben free
  • Does not cause irritation
  • Does not clog pores
  • Protect your skin from 5 signs of sensitive skin
  • Tested by dermatologists to be gentle even on sensitive skin

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3. Skin allergies, dry skin, very itchy skin (atopic dermatitis)

It is recommended to use Cetaphil Pro AD Derma Skin Restoring moisturiser. This body lotion heals dry, itchy skin and helps it retain moisture for longer.

  • Patented Filaggrin Technology™ helps restore skin's natural protective barrier. Keeps skin hydrated and healthy.
  • Tested to help restore skin’s moisture within 2 hours of use and retain moisture for up to 24 hours
  • Tested by dermatologists to be gentle even on sensitive skin

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Regular exfoliation helps to deep clean skin, removing irritants, impurities and pollutants, so it’s good practice. Plus, exfoliation has the added benefit of removing dead skin cells and promoting skin renewal, giving you healthier-looking skin. But not all facial scrubs are the same. When looking for an exfoliating product, be sure to use one that’s specifically designed for sensitive skin, like Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub

Whatever products you use, it’s important to carve out a regular skin care routine that works for you, your lifestyle and your sensitive skin.