Dry skin is something that a lot of us struggle with in winter. It leads to dullness and flakiness, and makes the face look lifeless too. Whether you are someone who suffers from dry skin all year long, or are prone to dryness in the cold weather, this article is meant for you. Today, our guest blogger Sonali from https://theblissfulbeauty.com shares her tips on how to deal with dry skin. Keep on reading to find out her favourite products for dry skin.
Symptoms of Dry Skin
Before jumping into how to take care of dry skin, we need to identify what are the common symptoms associated with it. If you can see the following signs on your skin then your current skin type is dry –
- Lack of natural oil on the skin.
- Skin looks dull and dehydrated.
- Skin feels dry and flaky.
- Face constantly feels tight.
- Skin does not absorb products easily.
- Skin is prone to irritation and redness.
How To Take Care Of Dry Skin
1) Skip hot showers
If you have dry skin then you must avoid hot showers because hot water strips the natural oil from your skin, making it even drier. Avoid washing your face with hot water in general, you can opt for lukewarm water in winters instead.
2) Avoid harsh cleansers
Cleansers that contain SLS are an absolute no for those with dry skin. Sulphates produce a harsh lather that strips the natural oil from the skin, leaving it dry and tight. Instead, opt for a creamy SLS-free cleanser that produces a gentle lather. Even non-foaming cleansers are sufficient for dry skin.
3) Use the right moisturizer
You must always choose your moisturizer according to your skin type, and dry skin needs a rich moisturizer. Opt for a formula that contains a balance of humectants, emollients and occlusives. The humectant will draw the moisture onto your skin while the occlusive will seal it in place. The emollient will soften your skin and remove any roughness. Honey, glycerin, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid are some of the popular humectants that work wonders on dry skin. Plant oils and plant butters usually work as both emollients and occlusives. Look for a moisturizer that contains all these ingredients in significant quantities. For the best results, apply the moisturizer on slightly damp skin.
4) Don’t skip the Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen is a must for every skin type. Dry skinned people should opt for a cream based sunscreen to protect their skin from sun damage instead of a gel-based sunscreens.
5) Use gentle exfoliants
If you have dry skin then you must avoid harsh exfoliants because they can cause irritation and inflammation. You should exfoliate once a week with mild chemical exfoliants such as Mandelic Acid. Avoid gritty, physical scrubs altogether.
6) Skincare on the Go
Dry skin tends to feel tight and stretchy after a few hours of the morning skincare routine. To keep the skin soft and hydrated on the go, carry a hydrating mist and facial oil in your hand bag. Just spritz the mist on your face and massage a couple of drops of the facial oil on the skin. I love rosehip oil for my dry skin as it contains Vitamin A that nourishes and repairs the skin.
7) Drink plenty of water
External care is important, but you should also take care of your internal health and drink plenty of water daily to stay hydrated. Invest in a cute bottle or sipper that will encourage you to drink water more frequently.
8) Emergency care for dry patches
A layer of Boroline or Vaseline helps my dry patches a lot. Both these products are great for extremely flaky patches and provide instant relief to me.
9) Don’t ignore the lips and body
Dry-skinned people often struggle with dryness not just on their face, but on their lips and body too. For your body, pick a body butter instead of a body lotion. Body butters are usually thicker in consistency and offer more hydration and protection than lotions. Also, for your lips, apply a thick layer of Vaseline or Boroline at night to wake up to soft and plump lips in the morning!
Product recommendations for dry skin
- Boroline is a multi-purpose cream that can work as a skin salve as well as a lip balm for those who struggle with dryness.
- Cetaphil moisturizer:
It is a great moisturizer for dry skin and suits sensitive skin too.
- Glamaroma Beauty Vanilla moisturizer:
I have personally used this moisturizer and it hydrates my skin very well.
- The Body Cupid Body Butter:
It has a thick, creamy consistency and one jar will last you really long.
We hope that you found this skincare guide useful! If you have any skincare tips of your own then do drop them in the comments below!
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