Daily Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin; #10 Tips To Combat Dryness
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Daily Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin; #10 Tips To Combat Dryness

Since you have been able to figure out your skin type from my previous article, and it happens to be a dry skin type. Your next step is to learn how to care for your dry skin type.

Remember, dry skin type is caused by different factors like hereditary–which causes your skin to produce less sebum than required for its natural moisturizing–; environmental factors like climate; age; or even the use of wrong products that are not specifically formulated for your skin type.

It is with the consideration of the above that I have put down a daily skin care routine for dry skin.

 


Daily Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin

if you have had to deal with a dry skin, either seasonally, or most of the time, I’m pretty sure you know and can understand how discomforting it is.

So, dear beauty, eliminating that dull-like appearance, the tight feeling of your skin, and even those snowy flakes, as just become a lot easier and possible.

 

#1. Use Mild Body Wash & Facial Cleansers

Wash your body and face with a mild soap or cleanser. According to skin deep, you should avoid using soaps that contain Body Washtriclosan and triclocarban.

Do not be obsessed with lather. You shouldn’t use too much of soap (cleansers or body wash), and it should foam just enough for cleansing your skin of dirt.

Too much of lather/ soap could strip your skin of its natural oil. And you know, with dry skin, the sebum production is already too small to keep your skin moisturized.

 


 

#2. Use Warm Water, Not Extremely Cold, Nor Hot Water

I know due to the extremely cold winter weather, we always want to enjoy a very hot shower. And, during those hot summer days, having a relaxing cold water bath for a very long period, often make us feel a comforting and paradise-like sensation.

No matter how soothing and luxurious those may seem, they are absolutely not a good idea for your dry skin. In fact, you should be more cautious of them during those extreme weather conditions.

Coupled with the dry condition that comes with winter, using very hot water, and spending a lot of time while bathing, could expose your skin to dehydration and make it become drier.

So you can save yourself the time and effort in having to deal with flaky and dull skin; and use it in maintaining a beautiful, glowing, and bright skin.

 


 

#3. Incorporate Hydrating Serum In Your Routine

Face SerumsIf toners help to further cleanse the skin after cleansing your face with facial cleansers, serums help to hydrate the skin and restore back the moisture lost in the process of cleansing. They nourish and keep the skin feeling more supple.

Use serums that contain lots of antioxidants.

Avoid using serum and toners that are alcohol based (except fatty alcohols), because alcohols, when used in the long run, could dry your skin out, irritate it, and make it lose its elasticity thereby leading to wrinkles and fine lines.

Think about it, using products containing drying agents like alcohol is like you are in a toxic and hate relationship with your skin where your focus is on worsening its condition.

 


 

#4. Use Rich Moisturizers

When choosing moisturizers, go for the ones that contain emollients like castor oil, coconut oil, rose hip seed oil, jojoba oil, palm oil etc. Which softens the skin while increasing its flexibility, smoothens it and keep it hydrated.

Humectants which draws water to the skin like honey, gelatin, glycerin, hyaluronic acid etc.

And Occlusives, which prevent the skin from losing its water content (that is, they help to seal in the moisture drawn by the humectants). Their examples are; vegetable waxes like carnauba and candelilla, Wax esters like Beeswax etc.

Do not forget to always apply your moisturizers on a damp skin for a more noticeable effect.

 


 

#5. Befriend Sunscreen

Although sunscreen should be your best friend forever especially in those hot summer days, you should avoid using sunscreen that is above SPF 50.

According to EWG (environmental working group)–an online database that grades skin care products and cosmetics based on their ingredients toxicity and other potential hazards, your sunscreen SPF should be between 15 and 50.

It also recommends staying away from “aerosol spray, insect repellents, and powder sunscreen”.

Other effective sunscreens are; an umbrella, face cap, wearing clothes that cover your skin appropriately while shielding them from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

 


 

#6. Adapt To Using Gloves

I am also guilty of this, that is, doing household chores like the dishes and cleaning without protecting my hands with

Hand Gloves for House Chores

gloves.

We should never forget most of our household cleaning agents are made from abrasive, harsh, and synthetic chemicals, that are known to dehydrate the skin. This is why it is very important for us to keep our hands protected.

A quick reminder to myself first!!!…

Also, let socks and gloves come in handy during the cold months to protect your hands and feet.

 


#7. Eat Lots of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts

Snack Away With FruitsAs important it is to eliminate dryness by targeting the outside body, providing your skin with the essential nutrients it needs by consuming highly nutritious foods would also improve your overall skin condition.

Snack away with nuts and seeds like cashew nuts, flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, that are well packed with fatty acids and vitamin E which protects the skin from sun damage.

Fruits and vegetables like watermelons, oranges, tangerines, strawberries, blueberries, dates, cucumbers, zucchini, spinach, lettuce etc. that are not only rich in antioxidants which helps to rejuvenate the skin, but are also high in water content which keeps the skin hydrated.

Stay away from alcohol consumption, and minimize your caffeine intake, both of which are highly guilty of dehydrating the skin.

 


 

#8. Invest In A Humidifier

You might want to consider investing in a humidifier–a device that helps to add moisture that is humidity to the air during dry weather conditions.

It helps to protect the surface of the skin from drying out, while allowing the humectants from moisturizers to draw the water content added to the atmosphere to the skin, thereby leading to a softer, smoother, clearer, and healthier.

Plus you can go ahead to add some few drops of essential oil of your choice to freshen the air in your room/house.

As beneficial as humidifier could be for your overall wellness, that is how detrimental they could also be if not cleaned and maintained properly.

 


 

#9. Exfoliating Once A Week

This is a very important weekly ritual for dry skin types and the other skin types as well.

Exfoliating get rid of the dead skin cells on your skin and allows the formation of new ones. Do not overdo this step, remember your skin is already fragile.

Be gentle, only use products that are not too abrasive so as not to over strip your skin of its natural oil, and to avoid causing more damage to it than benefiting it. This should only be done at most once a week.

 


#10. Using Face Mask

Use a face mask for an extra boost of moisture and hydration to eliminate skin dryness. DIY Face Mask

There are so many face masks out there that are targeted towards combating dryness. A very quick, easy, and natural one is honey.

You can always slather a tablespoon of honey from your kitchen on your face, for some few minutes, then rinse it off, and moisturize your face thereafter.

Honey being a natural humectant attracts moisture to your skin to keep it hydrated.

And, because of its healing properties, it could also relieve skin irritations and itchiness associated with dry skin types.

 

 

 

With the tips listed above, I hope you would be able to enhance your dry skin type and improve your skin health altogether.

What do you think, have you been able to eliminate dryness, and what other tips helped you in doing so? Write your comments below so we all can share in your knowledge.

Till another blissful time… Tohin

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. These are all great tips. My biggest thing is I really do need to use gloves as you say. My hands can get rather dry, and I do a lot of work with them, which means I wash them a lot. I also love to have a nice lather when I wash. I will have to work on that one as well. Thanks for the great tips!

    1. Hello Matts Mom,
      I believe with our determination, we can give our beautiful self and hands the love and care they deserve.

      Cheers!!!✊

  2. Love your site! All great tips, for me #7 is the best reminder as I definitely do NOT eat enough fruits and nuts. I take oil supplements if that counts haha. Hydration serum is a saviour for me as well. Invest in a good one and it makes all the difference at holding moisture in a drawing it to your skin from the air.
    Thanks for the helpful tips and reminders!
    Sydney

    1. It is my pleasure, Sydney.
      The easiest way to include it in your diet is to replace them (nuts and fruits) as your snacks.

      Cheers!

  3. Excellent information on skin care. Great tips for us all to use. Thanks and keep the good info coming.

    1. Thanks for reading through, Myles.

  4. Thanks for the tips Tohin.
    I like that your points are well organized and straight to the point.
    Keep up the great work.

    1. Your feedback is highly appreciated, Pearl.
      Cheers!

  5. These are all great tips, I actually do many of these myself. Do you have any advice for oily skin? I usually don’t deal with dryness as much. Thanks so much!

    1. Will be publishing an article on tips for oily skin very soon. So, stay tuned friend!

  6. Hi Tohin,

    Such a great article, with an organized presence. That I throughly enjoyed reading. I was actually looking for ways to hydrate my skin this weekend, because it dries up quickly. I haven’t been eating my fresh fruits daily, so that’s part of the reason, and I need to get back to it. I will opt for using richer moisturizers and looking humidifiers for dry sometimes humid days. I knew aerosol cans were bad but I never hesitated using them. I will definitely stay away from it, and look at the options you’ve listed here. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the compliment, Michael. And, it’s so good to know you enjoyed reading through the article and found it helpful as well.
      And yes, staying consistent with following a highly nutritious diet like eating fruits, vegetables, and nuts could make a huge difference in our skin.

      Cheering you on!
      Tohin

  7. Thanks for these great tips! I have dry hands and I will definitely start using gloves when washing dishes and cleaning the house..never really thought about wearing gloves..but I really think I should – so thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s a pleasure, Sanna.
      Just try to incorporate it, and before you know it, it will become a habit.

  8. Wow I never realised there was so much that contributed to helping the skin. I have recently bought a humidifier so I am pretty glad that it comes up on this list and I do try to use mild soaps so I am partly on the right track. There is a lot more here I can incorporate though, so thanks for raising the awareness!

    1. Happy to hear you are on the right track, Andy.
      Keep it up!

  9. Hi Tohin. Awesome routine! I also face a problem with dryness which cause an itch. Thanks for sharing I’ll do as your suggestion. By the way, I also face a problem with dry hair as well so I find some product for dry hair from here https://www.womenangle.com/best-shampoos-for-dry-damaged-hair/. It works well so I still use it in daily. I love your post.

    1. Hello Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read through this post.
      Will also check out the site you recommended, who knows I might also fall in love with the products on it and recommend them to my audience.

      Happy Holidays!

      Tohin

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