Like flowers, we are all unique. While there are general rules to care for all types of skin, it’s important to know your specific skin type and make sure you care for it in the most suitable way.
Today we focus on dry skin. Let’s face it: Dry skin sucks. It’s uncomfortable, unattractive, and annoying to deal with—especially when it’s on our face—and the sheer number of potential causes is mind-boggling. No matter what your age, dry skin can happen and the symptoms range from a slight dryness when you touch your face to red irritation and flakey skin.
How do you know if you have dry skin?
Even after cleansing and moisturizing your skin can feel dry to the touch. You tend to have smaller pores and when you feel your face, you may notice a bit of flakey skin or roughness when you touch across your cheeks or forehead. Levels of dryness range and those who suffer from extremely dry skin feel it the most during winter months when the air is cold and dry.
No matter how severe your dry skin is, it is the number one culprit in making you appear older than you are and accentuating wrinkles to make them more noticeable. When your skin lacks hydration like most dry skin does, it can make the creases and sagging around your eyes, mouth, forehead and neck look far worse than it really is.
When caring for your dry skin you want to follow a few important rules to help you look and feel your best:
Choose short showers over baths. Long baths or showers, especially in hot water, increase the loss of natural oils from the skin and can cause dry skin even if you’re not prone to it. Regardless of your skin type it is always best to shower and wash your face with warm water instead of hot. If you suffer from extremely dry skin, make sure to apply your face and body moisturizer right when you come out of the shower so it can absorb well into your skin.
Drink Water! Believe it or not the amount of water you drink can directly impact the amount of moisture your skin can retain. By not drinking enough water, your skin can become irritated, your skin tone can become less even and your face will feel more dry than usual. The fact is that skin is an organ, and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. Your easiest and best defense against the signs of dryness and aging is saying hydrated!
Moisturize to Avoid Wrinkles! Your skin needs help and a high quality moisturizer with natural, quality ingredients is the perfect sidekick! When skin is dry or prone to dryness, it can accentuate wrinkles and make you look decades older and let’s be honest, none of us need help looking any older than we do.
Cream moisturizers disappear when rubbed into the skin but leave a soft, hydrated feel almost instantly. They protect damaged and dry skin and make skin softer and smoother. They preserve natural skin lipids and limit dehydration trapping and sealing water into the layers of your skin. If you suffer from moderate to dry skin, you should be applying your moisturizer to a freshly cleansed face at least twice a day.