Having dry skin means that you have a low level of sebum and that causes your skin to be more sensible. Also, it means that your skin has a problem maintaining a normal level of moisture. If your skin chaps and cracks, that is a sign of extremely dry, dehydrated skin.
In this post, we’ll talk about how you can take care of dry skin and how to maintain moisture on your skin.
Skincare routine for dry skin
Preserve your natural oils.
Body oils protect and prevent the skin from drying out. But there are many things you do throughout the day that remove these natural oils.
Your bathing routine is one of the biggest threats to your skin's natural protection. Water that is too hot and soaps that remove too much oil from your skin are both harmful. Take showers at a temperature you can stand and use only soaps that contain moisturizers or are marketed for sensitive skin.
Exfoliating is good for removing dead skin and prevents infections or acne. But if you have dry skin, you shouldn't do it too often. Once or twice a week can be plenty, especially for sensitive areas like the dry skin on face. Don't use harsh exfoliants, like a loofah or pumice stone. Instead, baking soda paste or a clean washcloth will get the job done without causing damage.
Dry your skin carefully.
When you dry your skin, be careful. Rubbing vigorously with a towel can irritate your skin as well as remove too much moisture and oil. This can cause dryness or make an existing problem worse. Instead, air dry your skin when you can and gently pat your skin dry with a soft, clean cloth or towel.
Apply a moisturizer for dry skin.
After you bathe or get your skin wet, you should always apply a layer of moisturizer. This will help lock in moisture and return the natural oils that you may have removed. This basic layer does not need to be thick, necessarily. Just a basic layer of protection can make a difference.
You can choose a body lotion for dry skin, which helps you keep your skin moisturized, and then apply body oil.
Body oil nourishes your skin and helps it stay hydrated for a longer period. At the same time, it's helpful to introduce it into your routine if you want soft, glowing, and healthy skin.
Our body oils are 100% vegan and made out of plant oils, which are more effective than animal-based body oils.
Apply a thicker layer of body oil or face cream for dry skin at night.
When possible, apply a thicker layer at night, and then cover the area in clothing to protect it. This will give your skin more moisture and nutrients to absorb and more time to absorb them.
How to maintain your skin moisturized
Forming a routine is essential if you want to have real results that last. You have to moisturize your skin regularly and for a long time before you can see results. Be consistent, persistent, and above all: patient. You will see results but you need to be sure to moisturize every day for a long time.
Protect your skin from the cold.
Cold air precipitates out moisture. As a result, the air begins to suck moisture out of your skin, causing dryness. This is why you are probably most affected in the winter. Cover up in warm clothing, and apply body oils or creams to lock in the moisture that you have on your skin.
For example, wear gloves to protect your hands and socks to protect your feet. Scarves and cowls can be worn across the face to shield your skin there.
Protect your dry skin from the sun.
The sun also causes problems with dry skin, by irritating your skin and causing damage. You also risk skin cancer by getting too much sun exposure. When going out on a sunny day, make sure you wear protective clothing as much as possible and apply sunscreen to any skin that is not covered by clothing.
SPF 1000 sunscreen is just not needed. Sunscreens of 15 or 30 should be enough. You will want to be sure, though, to get a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB).
Also, wear sunscreen even though it’s winter because the UV light may harm your skin. We also talked about this in the Skincare routine for winter if you want to check out that post too :)
Use a mild soap.
Some soaps, especially those with high levels of synthetic surfactants can ruin your skin and can cause damage and dryness. You'll want to find a mild soap that suits your skin, to prevent dryness.
Check your home for hard water.
Hard water, or water that contains a large concentration of calcium, is common throughout the world. This excess calcium can irritate and dry out the skin by leaving some calcium behind on your skin. You should have your home tested for hard water to see if this is causing your skin problems.
If you do have hard water, it's possible to treat the water so that it comes out of the pipes calcium-free. Your local hardware store should be able to help with this.
Maintain healthy humidity in your home.
You can combat this by using a humidifier in your home. A basic place to start would be running one in your bedroom at night, since this will also help you sleep, along with a caring body oil massage and a cup of warm tea.
When you choose your products of skincare for dry skin, make sure that you choose something effective and friendly with your skin. So you can use them daily with no side effects.
Take care of your skin and you’ll feel happier, healthier, and more confident while wearing your favorite clothes.