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!
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.
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.
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:
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!