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 triclosan 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
If 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
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
As 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.
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