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Skin Type Spotlight

Skin Type Spotlight: Dry Skin

October 30, 2020

In this next blog in the series of skin type spotlights, we’re focusing on skin care for dry skin—how can you manage dry skin? Read on to find out!

We’ve already discussed skin care for normal skin and oily skin. In this next of our skin type spotlight series, we’re focusing on the next skin type in our roster: dry skin. 

What is the dry skin type?

People who have dry skin have a damaged moisture barrier. The result is skin that looks dull and rough, with red patches and flakes. People with dry skin also have more visible lines and their skin is generally less elastic than other skin types. In extreme cases, such as in extreme weather, sometimes your skin can crack so much that it starts bleeding. 

If you have dry skin, you’ll feel a tightening of your skin within an hour after washing if you don’t use moisturizer at once. You’ll notice this the most around your eyes and your mouth area. Your skin may also feel itchy in the areas with dry patches. 

What should people with dry skin focus on?

Dry skin has invisible cracks in it that let moisture escape and irritants come in more easily. That’s why your focus should be on rehydrating your skin and keeping the moisture locked in. 

When choosing products, you’ll have to avoid ingredients that can make your skin drier, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), retinoids, and alcohol, with the exception of hand sanitizers. You should also avoid products with fragrances, including deodorant soaps—stick to fragrance-free products to avoid further irritation.

Skin care tips for people with dry skin

If you have dry skin, you should focus on finding products that have humectant ingredients in them—these are ingredients that help keep the moisture in your skin. These include hyaluronic acid, ceramides, dimethicone, glycerin and hydrating mineral oils. Petroleum jelly also helps keep the moisture in your skin. 

The following tips will also help keep the moisture in your skin and alleviate the irritation: 

  1. Don’t stay too long in the shower. Dermatologists recommend that you keep your shower time short, around 5-10 minutes, to keep your skin from drying out. You should also use warm water instead of hot water and keep the shower door closed. Use gentle cleansers and don’t lather on too much—just enough to cleanse your skin thoroughly, because too much product will strip your skin of its natural oils that keep your skin moisturized. 
  2. Rebalance your skin with a toner. Toners restore the pH level of your skin, which helps in keeping it moisturized. Pat your skin dry gently with a soft towel and apply toner immediately. 
  3. Use an antioxidant serum. Antioxidant serums help prevent the breakdown of collagen, which are the building blocks of your skin. Use a potent serum with vitamins A, E or C before putting on your moisturizer and SPF during the day. 
  4. Use a moisturizer with SPF. Choose an ointment or cream formulation for your moisturizer instead of a lotion—these are richer formulas that are able to retain moisture in dry skin more effectively. As mentioned earlier, you should also choose a moisturizer with humectants in it to help seal in moisture. 
  5. Use eye cream with peptides. To help boost collagen production and prevent dryness around the eyes, use an eye cream with peptides at night. 
  6. Don’t forget your lips! If you have dry skin, chances are your lips are also prone to chapping. Don’t forget to give them some love—use a hydrating lip balm to keep your pucker hydrated. 

Next on the series, we’ll be discussing how to care for combination skin types. Don’t forget to sign up for our email updates to be notified when it’s up! 

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