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Dry and Dehydrated Skin


Need A Helpful Dry Skin Guideline?

Check Out Our Helpful & Quick Reference Guide for Dry and Dehydrated Skin Sufferers. This is SkinMiles’ and Dr Alek Nikolic’s quick guide for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Get educated or directed in how to treat dry or dehydrated skin, some clever at home guidelines, find out what causes dry skin, and what dry skin care products and treatments are recommended by Dr Alek Nikolic.

What It Feels Like?

Typically people who suffer from dry skin feel that their skin is tight especially after cleansing and can look dry and flaky at certain times of the day. There is hope to have a supple, plump and well moisturised skin. Ingredients do exist whose main aim is to moisturise and plump those dry skin cells giving one the best looking skin possible.

Dry skin firstly needs moisturisation but it also needs stimulation to renew cells and increase the production of collagen and elastin.

Not sure what skin type you are check our skin type guide here.

Causes of Dry and Dehydrated Skin

  1. Can vary from person to person so it is a good idea to have a skin consultation or try our Face2Face Skin Assessment
  2. Winter Weather
  3. Steamy Showers
  4. Moisture-Robbing Soaps: so avoid bar soaps when cleansing the face
  5. Granular exfoliators or scrubs or rough rubbing of the skin
  6. Natural ageing process: we tend to lose the ability to manufacture enough hyaluronic acid (our water absorption molecules in our skins)
  7. Medical conditions (xerosis): including but not limited to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.

Recommended Treatment Guideline:

  1. Avoid the following:
  • Soaps (all kinds, and anything in bar form)
  • Exposure to hot water
  • Abrasive scrubs (think of the microdermabrasion-at-home type, or those that contain fruit and nut fragments)
  • Loofahs
  • Harsh cleansing ingredients
  • Products with irritating ingredients (i.e. alcohol, peppermint, menthol, mint, citrus, eucalyptus, fragrance)
  1. Wear a good sunscreen
  2. Use the best moisturisers possibleto replenish the skin: see our list of moisturisers for dry skin below
  3. Exfoliate to remove built-up skin cells with Alphahydroxy and beta hydroxy acids
  4. Remember your lips

Need More Info?

  1. Further Reading & Recommended In Depth Articles: 


  1. For More Skincare Advice:
  1. See Our Full Treatment Product List For Dry and Dehydrated Skin: please click here
  2. Dr Alek Nikolic’s Top Picks for Dry and Dehydrated Skin:



About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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2 thoughts on “Dry and Dehydrated Skin

  1. Ana-Paula says:

    Thank you Dr Alek. The hydrating B5 an Triple Lipid has helped my skin enormously

    1. Dr Alek Nikolic says:

      Hi Ana-Paula it is my pleasure and I am glad the Hydrating B5 and Triple Lipid Restore have helped your dry skin. Both hyaluronic acid and cermaides work together for a better results. Kind regards Dr Alek Nikolic

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