Hi everyone! So, as you may have gathered by the title, I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to care for dry skin. Let’s hop right in, shall we?
How do you know if you have dry skin?
If you have dry skin you most likely know it. If you may have a dull complexion, dry patches, small invisible pores, tight skin — then you have dry skin.
What causes dry skin? It’s tough to determine the actual causes of dry skin but other factors that may contribute to dry skin — include aging, seasonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, genetics, etc.
Creamy cleansers will work best on dry skin to gently remove dirt and impurities (some can even get away with just a splash of cold or lukewarm water in the morning) I would advise staying away from foaming cleansers because these usually strip the skin of moisture. I like to use my Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser in the morning and evening. Be sure to always use warm rather than hot water when cleasing your skin as cleansing with hot water can further strip the skin of moisture.
Now toners have never been my thing. Due to the fact that I’ve tried various toners and they always ended up drying out and irritating my skin, and not to mention that I thought toners were only a optional step. (Oh, boy, was I so wrong) a well-formulated toner can provide amazing benefits for your skin, but finding the perfect toner for your skin isn’t easy because there are so many poorly formulated toners containing alcohol, and overly fragrenced ingredients that can further dry out and irritate the skin. A little while ago, I then discovered Rose Water & Glycerine. Which works wonderfully as a toner. When used together, rosewater is known for it’s amazing beauty properties and glycerine being one of the most moisturizing ingredients you can use on your skin. This combination leaves my skin feeling smooth, refreshed and hydrated and gives my skin a radiant, healthy glow. I apply this using a soft cotton pad, or spritz it on the skin with a misting bottle.
Everyone needs to moisturize! No matter which skin type you may have, with that being said — for drier skins types moisturizing is extremely important. You want to moisturize at least twice a day. Using a rich moisturizer in the evening after washing your face, and a lighter moisturizer with SPF in the morning. Never forget the SPF! Keeping your skin protected from the sun can prevent aging, hyperpigmentation and in the long run — skin cancers. After cleansing, apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp. I apply my moisturizer using light patting motions into the skin. For some reason I find that it absorbs into the skin way better than apposed to rubbing. I also love using facial oils! Facial oils are personally my favourite way to moisturize and occasionally cleanse my skin. They help with a multitude of skincare concerns. The best facial oils are made from pure oils and other plant-based ingredients. My favourites are Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil. When i’m not feeling up for a full on facial oil treatment. I add a few drops of any facial oil and mix it in with my moisturizer. Not only will this add extra hydration to your skin but i’ll also give your skin a dewy healthy glow.
Regular exfoliation is a priority in any skincare routine. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells, dry patches, hyperpigmenation, aging skin, improve skin texture and it also helps the skin absorb products more effectively, so moisturizers are able to sink into the skin and deliver more hydration. But over-exfoliating is only going to irritate (and therefore dry out) your skin more. Limit your exfoliation to once to twice a week. My skin is prone to getting dry patches, so I exfoliate using a finely textured scrub with my Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansing System twice a week.
Facemasks: Using a face mask is a great way to hydrate the skin, but many masks promise to purify, shrink pores and remove blackheads which can be extremely drying on dry skin. Instead, opt for a cream formula (rather than a clay or exfoliating mask) and look for masks that offer hydration, soothing, or added moisture.
I really hope you found this post helpful. Don’t have dry skin? Don’t worry! My next skincare routine post will be for oily/combination skin. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so share them down in the comments below!