- 1 Why do you have dry skin at the first place?
- 2 How to fight persistent, dry skin
- 3 To make it easier for you, we’ve created a list:
- 4 Conclusion
Why do you have dry skin at the first place?
Ever notice you get dry skin in winters more often? This is because dryness generally occurs when your skin doesn’t have sufficient oil or water; the low humidity and temperature in colder months can aggravate an already flaky situation.
Some people struggle with itchy, dry skin on their face when they travel to areas with a dry climate, or swimming in a chlorine-concentrated pool or just because they have too much sun exposure.
The bottom line is, having dry skin is not an ideal situation. Sometimes it can get so severe that cracks can become visible; which is not only a cause of facial concern but also for your health; cracked skin encourages bacteria to enter, and any infection can quickly spread.
Luckily, you can deal with the dry patches covering your beautiful skin, using this guide.
How to fight persistent, dry skin
We can fall victim to dry skin at any point in our lives, but hiding it can be hard, high coverage foundation fails many times and ultimately causes more problems than we asked for. So, the question arises: how do you shed the dryness and revive your radiant, healthy skin?
After consulting with many specialists and going through well-known tips, we’ve made a list of great tips that are known as an effective treatment against dry, flaky sign:
Know Your Ingredients
Many of us have sensitive skin; which can easily be made worse by harsh chemicals commonly found in facial soaps, cleansers, and toners. If you experience a tightened sensation in your face after using a specific product, throw it out. It is preferable if you go for mild, fragrance-free facial products and soaps as well. Herbal products are amazing for the skin and rarely have side effects!
Towel the towel
There’s a general misconception that allowing your face to remain damp retains moisture, but it is not the case at all! When the water evaporates, your skin has more chances of drying out more. Which is why drying your face completely and using a mild moisturizer after cleansing is always encouraged.
We say towel the towel because many times, a rough towel can harshly exfoliate your healthy skin, damaging it and increasing the itches. Healthy skin advocates are always using a soft cloth to dry their face, for a good reason!
Longer the bath, the dryer the skin
We get it, who doesn’t like a long, hot shower after an exhausting day? But sometimes what we want isn’t good for us. Taking long showers can strip your skin off of essential oils that keep your skin moist; this takes an even more alarming turn when you use harsh products.
All of these tips are inter-related; making small but valuable changes in your daily lifestyle can go a long way.
Make the right choice
So, we’ve mentioned a lot about harsh products. Naturally, the next question would be what exactly should you look for?
Mild products which are jelly based moisturizers work most effectively on dry skin and other face skin types in general because it can easily lock in moisture, oils and prevent more dryness. Ignoring your skin and not doing anything about it can cause your skin to work extra hard for producing sebum oil, which is not a good thing. When you next visit the store, consider opting for a non-comedogenic or lightweight skin product which encourages hydration; not greasiness.
Opt for natural remedies
There are many home-based remedies out there which do not use chemicals or processed elements; such remedies may take more time to be effective but rarely have any side effects.
One such popular way to get rid of dry skin is applying an aloe mask. The aloe plant is famous for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties and is still widely used in Asian cultures for not only healthy skin, but for healthy hair and internal cleansing. Invest in a fresh bunch of aloe leaves and apply the sap straight to your face, gently massage and rinse it after 15 minutes.
You can use commercial forms as well; it is encouraged that you use it at least once a week for better results.
So far we’ve discussed all the steps you should take to deal with the dry patches on your face, once and for all. While we’re on this topic, it is also important to mention the steps you should STOP taking; which unknowingly may be worsening your situation.
To make it easier for you, we’ve created a list:
Get rid of abrasive scrubs
Many of us go for facials every month, even weekly. Facials are good for your skin as long as the products used are soft. Many spas use abrasive scrubs to get rid of dry, dead skin which can make your skin even worse. Ask your specialists to use gentle, leave-on products which effortlessly remove dead skin.
Stay away from clays
If the products you use have clays or starches, they won’t damage your skin as absorbents. These elements are harmful to people who don’t naturally have oily skin.
Using old creams
Things are expensive, trust us we know. But dry skin is even more damaging; avoid choosing just any cream off the rack or using the one that’s been on your dressing table since ages. Take out some time to know what your skin type really is and opt for specific creams that compliment your skin.
Cleansing too much
We’ve stressed on the importance of cleansing, but there is a thing called too much cleansing. According to skin care specialists, you should only wash your face twice a day, and after a sweat session. If you gym a lot, go for no-rinse cleansing options such as micellar water; which has tiny oil molecules fit for dry, patchy skin.
Wearing matte makeup
Makeup is an essential part of many people’ lives; it is a confidence boost. Matte makeup is super trendy these days but can be a real cause of concern for dry skin types. This is because matte finishing can make your skin look even dryer and bring more attention to your patches.
The best way to deal with this is to invest in luminous foundation, concealer, and liquid highlighter. A light setting spray can help your case as well.
We hope that this guide has given you many tips which you can easily incorporate into your daily life routine, and get visibly healthier skin in no time. Remember, small changes in how we deal with things can eventually give us substantial results. The above-mentioned tips will help you get back your complexion and radiance.
We hope to see your dry patches gone soon.