· By Mary Ware
4 Tips To Spruce Up Dry Skin This Season
Why Dry Skin?
Dry skin cannot be ignored. Dry skin leads to cracking of the upper layer of the skin and gives it a real bad appearance. The main causes of dry skin include dry climate, hormonal changes, too much exfoliation and treatment of other skin disorders. Moreover, dryness could be the inherent nature of one's skin. Whatever be the cause, 'dry skin care' is very important (but not very difficult).
Four (4) Top Tips For Dry Skin Care
The best 'dry skin care procedure' is to cleanse the skin before the application of moisturizer. You can make your 'dry skin care' even more effective by applying the moisturizer while the skin is still damp after cleansing. Also the best water temperature to use for shower or for washing your face while cleansing is warm water; too hot or too cold water can cause dryness too.
2. Be Gentle;
'Dry skin care' is also about being gentle with your skin. You should avoid harsh detergents and alcohol-based cleansers. Also, after a face wash, do not rub your towel on your face, just pat gently to soak the water off.
Exfoliation does help in dry skin care by removing the dead skin cells. However, don't exfoliate too hard. Endeavor to use gentle exfoliator.
'Dry skin care' starts with moisturizers, the most effective remedy for dry skin. In fact, moisturizing is the most important part of facial skin care routine. Moisturizers prevent your skin from getting dry.
Generally, moisturizers are classified under 2 categories based on the way they provide moisture to dry skin care.
The first category includes moisturizers that provide 'dry skin care' just by preserving the moisture within the skin e.g. Vaseline. These moisturizers are relatively inexpensive and are readily available (even at grocery shops). However this category are often greasy and contains petrolatum.
The second category includes moisturizers that work by drawing moisture from the environment and supplying it to the skin. This is a very effective way of 'dry skin care' in humid conditions. The moisturizers that provide 'dry skin care' in this way are also called humectants.
For proper dry skin care, you must use a non-greasy type of moisturizer, as far as possible. Humectants fall in this category. The ingredients of humectants include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Vegetable Based Conditioner) etc.
Good practices like applying the moisturizers while the skin is damp, using upward strokes for better penetration of skin care products, removing the make up before going to bed, cleansing before moisturizing or applying make-up, using the correct amount of skin care products, etc. Thus, increasing the effectiveness of your skin care products is another focus area of serious skin care.Again, use light upward strokes to make the moisturizer more effective. moisturizer’s work the best when applied on warm and damp skin. So do not try to remove all the moisture in the previous steps of facial skin care routine.
On the whole, dry skin care is really simple for anyone who takes the above tips seriously.