If there is one crucial life changing step in your skin care routine, that would change your whole progress and results, it would be identifying your skin type, once you understand what your skin texture is and once you identify which products suits your skin texture, surprising results are guaranteed.
Skin type is determined by how much oil the skin on your face produces; depending on this, your skin type can be categorized as dry, combination and oily. Dry skin doesn’t retain sufficient oil.
What is dry skin?
Dry skin occurs when skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture to keep it feeling soft and supple
What Are the Causes of Dry Skin?
- Harsh detergents or soaps: Soaps, shampoos, and detergents are made to get rid of oil on your skin which may dry your skin
- Heat: Any heat source, from space heaters and central heating to fireplaces and wood stoves, can lower the humidity in a room and make your skin dry.
- Hot showers or baths: Taking long, hot showers or soaking in a hot bath could cause your dry skin.
- Other skin conditions: People with certain conditions, like psoriasis or eczema, can also get dry skin.
- Swimming in pools: Chlorine, a chemical that keeps some pools clean, can dry out your skin.
- Weather: During the winter, humidity and temperature usually drop. This can make your skin drier.
How to identify dry skin?
- Dehydration, Flakes, rough texture, Cracks in the skin, Itch & Peeling skin are all signs of dry skin type.
How to manage dry skin?
- Use a humidifier in the winter
- Limit yourself to one 5- to 10-minute bath or shower daily.
- Minimize your use of soaps; if necessary
- To avoid damaging the skin, stay away from bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing your hands
- To reduce the greasy feel of petroleum jelly and thick creams, rub a small amount into your hands and then rub it over the affected areas until neither your hands nor the affected areas feel greasy.
- Never, ever scratch.
- Use fragrance-free laundry detergents and avoid fabric softeners.
- Avoid wearing wool and other fabrics that can irritate the skin.
Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin
- Cleanse with a hydrating cleanser that doesn’t disrupt the outer skin layer.
- Tone with an alcohol-free toner to restore skin PH.
- Target specific skin concerns with a serum.
- Moisturize with a nourishing, non comedogenic moisturizer to lock in hydration.
- Protect from harmful UV rays to prevent sun damage.
The key is neither eliminating the oil nor increasing it, it is controlling it. although dry skin may appear as ‘rough’ or ‘flaky and it tends to age faster, the chances of acne breakouts, clogged pores and other skin imperfections are much lower and less likely to occur
Each and every skin type has its bags of pros and cons, the key is knowing your skin type to take care of it accordingly, and thank us later!