Dry skin can lead to skin problems such as wrinkles, redness, and itchy skin. Other skin conditions that can be found on dry skin include acne and age spots. Skin care regimen for dry skin helps your maintain nature moisture, add extra moisture, and prevent and treat the skin conditions.
Cleanse Your Skin without Drying
- Remove your makeup. The first step of the dry skin regimen is to remove all makeup so that a moisturizer can effectively penetrate into the skin. A good makeup remover gets rid of all dirt, makeup, and excessive oils without striping nature moisture from the skin. Try Pond’s Cold Cream or Cetaphil. If you prefer a towel, consider COMODYNES Make-Up Removers for Face & Eyes, Oats (Sensitive and Dry Skin).
- Wash your face. Use a gentle, soap-free cleanser such as Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash or Cetaphil. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Hot water can cause broken capillaries. Gently pat almost dry with a towel, rather than rubbing. If you skin is very dry, use a cleanser only in the evening. In the morning, lukewarm water alone is enough.
Avoid rinsing your face with tab water. It often contains chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals which make your skin even drier.
Seal in Moisture
Apply moisturizer immediately after cleansing (when your skin is still damp) to seal in the moisture from the water. Choose a moisturizer that is hypoallergenic because this type of skin is likely to become itchy and irritated easily. Effective moisturizers for dry skin contain glycerin, mineral oil, linoleic acid or ceramides.
If you look for anti-aging skin care products, consider antioxidant ingredients such as vitamin c, e, and coenzyme Q-10. Vitamin C also fades age spots and lightens your complexion. You may use vitamin
A derivatives like retinoids or retinols to fight acne, fade dark spots, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, retinoids and retinols are peeling agents so consult your dermatologist before applying retinoids or start with an over-the-counter retinol which is less irritating.
Exfoliate and Mask Dry Skin
Exfoliate ashy, flaky skin with a non-abrasive exfoliant once a week. Moisturizer is more effective on properly exfoliated skin. Non-abrasive exfoliants contain ingredients such as ground cornmeal, almond, lactic acid and peach extract which are suitable for dry skin. Don’t overdo the scrubbing because doing so causes skin irritation.
Also, hydrate and soothe the skin by applying one of homemade masks for dry skin once a week.
Protect Dry Skin
Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or above every morning to prevent age spots, premature aging, and skin cancers.