A skin that is unable to retain oil and moisture is called dry skin. Dry skin usually has parched appearance and has this feeling of tightness that becomes pronounced after washing and cleansing. In some severe cases, skin appears cracked and reddish because of irritation. The good news is, dry skin can be managed with these very easy tips.
Cleansing – a good-looking skin always have the fresh, clean glow. Unfortunately, cleansing washes away all the vital moisture that your skin needs. To clean dry skin, use mineral water. Tap water is treated with chlorine that dehydrates your skin. Commercial soaps are not recommended because most of them have high alkaline levels that can cause irritation. Use instead neutral-ph cream or lotion type cleansers to preserve your skin’s natural moisture.
Gently pat your skin dry once you’re done cleansing as rubbing makes your skin even dryer because it roughly wipes out moisture.
Exfoliating – scrubbing is very important to help remove dead skin cells. However, exfoliating dry skin can be difficult because it will only increase dryness. You can do this by scrubbing your face with the use of a microdermabrasion kit. Make sure that the scrub you’re using has fine grains for a gentle, controlled exfoliation. Don’t even consider buying those cheap scrubs as they have large grains that will only cause further skin irritation.
Moisturizing – moisturizers can now relieve irritation for dry to very dry skin. Moisturizers add and seal in moisture to your skin, relieving redness and irritation. Look for moisturizers that have vitamins A, C, & E to help skin cell renewal. Petroleum jelly is very beneficial in moisturizing dry to very dry skin, but it’s very greasy and not very appealing for some. Creams can also moisturize your skin by sealing in moisture because of its oil content. If you wish to have a lighter feel, look for a moisturizing lotions instead as they contain more water than oil for faster absorption. Your moisturizer should be free of any colors or fragrances because dry skin is very sensitive to irritants.
Lesser time in the shower – the less time you spend under the shower, the less amount of moisture is lost. 10-15 minutes of bath time is enough. Use cold water as it shrinks your pores, preventing oil from getting washed away.
If you prefer to soak in a bath tub, add Epsom salt or oatmeal as they have natural oils and soothing properties that will lessen irritation.