Dry skin is a common problem that affects many people. There are many different reasons why your skin may become dry, but regardless of the cause, it can be quite irritating. If you want to know how to care for your dry skin, then this article will show you exactly what you need to do!
Use gentle cleansers.
You might be surprised to learn that many of the products you’re using to get clean are actually making your skin drier. In fact, harsh soaps and alcohol-based products can strip away the protective layer of lipids that keep dry skin hydrated. These types of cleansers can also irritate sensitive areas like your face and hands.
If you think about it, washing with a bar of soap is really just rubbing liquid soap onto your skin—liquid soap doesn’t do much more than dissolve dirt anyway! What’s more, body washes often contain dyes and perfumes that can further irritate sensitive or damaged areas on your body (like eczema). If possible, try using only gentle cleansers without any artificial ingredients in them. You may find that even basic soaps work just fine for you; most dermatologists agree that anything labelled “hypoallergenic” is unlikely to cause irritation in most people with sensitive skin types. Still others prefer unscented varieties from brands such as CeraVe or Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer Lotion With SPF 30+. This lotion contains ceramides—fatty acids found naturally in human cells—to help restore some of the lost moisture barrier function while protecting against sun damage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF 30+).
Wash only when necessary.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should wash your face only when necessary. Washing too often can strip away the healthy oils and natural moisture on your skin, which will make it more likely to become dry.
Instead of washing your face every night before bed, try just using a toner or cleanser if you wake up with any makeup on. And in the morning, avoid using soap—it can leave an unpleasant residue behind. If you do need to wash up before heading out the door, use a gentle cleanser and pat dry instead of rubbing vigorously at your skin (as tempting as it may be).
Even if you think your skin looks fine after washing it once in the morning, don’t feel like doing so later that day or even into the next day is going to do any harm either physically or aesthetically speaking; this is especially true during winter months when everyone’s oily glands are working overtime anyway!
Moisturize while the skin is still damp.
Applying moisturizer while your skin is still damp, particularly after bathing in warm water, will help lock in moisture. That’s because the heat from the shower causes your pores to open up and absorb the moisturizer more easily.
Moisturizers should also be applied immediately after bathing or showering. The longer you wait before applying them, the more likely it is that some of their beneficial elements will evaporate—especially if you are using a “drier” type of product like a lotion (instead of an oil).
Don’t forget to moisturize your lips.
Moisturization is the key to happy skin. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, dry skin can be a problem for anyone. Your lips are no exception: they need moisture as much as the rest of your body does, and no one wants their lip balm to be expired because it’s so dry that it won’t keep fresh. Here are some tips for keeping your lips from getting dry in between moisturizing sessions:
- Apply lip balm with SPF before leaving the house for work or school every morning.
- Use a lighter moisturizer at night, when you’re going to bed. This will help keep your lips feeling soft while also protecting them from harsh rays of sunlight that can cause premature ageing and wrinkles on sensitive areas like around your mouth (and yes—that includes lipstick).
- If you have time during the day between classes or meetings, apply another layer of lip balm after washing your face and brushing teeth (or whenever else seems appropriate).
Keep baths and showers short and warm.
- Don’t spend a long time in the bath or shower. Using warm water is fine for your dry skin, but don’t let yourself sit there for more than 10 minutes at a time.
- Avoid hot baths and showers. If you can handle the heat on other parts of your body, take short soaks in warm water only—your temperature regulation system will thank you.
- Be gentle with your skin while bathing and shaving. Use a gentle cleanser and mild soap (or no soap at all) to wash away dirt and sweat without tugging or rubbing too much at dry patches of skin, which can cause irritation or inflammation if left untreated.
Treat rough areas with petroleum jelly.
If you have rough or cracked areas on your skin, such as your lips, hands, elbows and knees, petroleum jelly is a great option. Petroleum jelly works well because it’s an inexpensive moisturizer that absorbs easily into the skin to soften and protect it from drying out. You can apply petroleum jelly directly to the affected area after washing with soap and
Consider mid-day moisturizing.
For many people, moisturizing is an established part of their daily routine. After cleansing in the morning and before bed, they apply a rich cream or lotion to keep their skin hydrated—and that’s it. But if your skin is already dry, this might not be enough; you may need to find time for a mid-day moisturizer as well.
As with nighttime routines, there are lots of options when it comes to daytime moisturizers: creams, gels and mists can all work well depending on the severity of your dryness and what type of product fits most comfortably into your routine.
One thing’s for sure: don’t wait until you feel dry or flaky before applying something extra onto your face! When applied regularly throughout the day (and night), these products will help prevent skin from getting too dehydrated and will keep your complexion looking smooth and soft all day long
We hope you enjoyed learning about the best ways to care for dry skin! We know that it can be difficult, but if you follow our tips and keep them in mind when washing your face or moisturizing your hands, it’ll become second nature soon enough. Dry skin doesn’t have to be a big problem if you’re willing to put in some extra effort in caring for it properly. Contact us and try our Profhilo and skin booster treatments to hydrate your skin from the inside out!
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