Like regular basic good skin care, dry skin care must be performed on a daily basis. Proper cleansing, toning, and moisturizing practices should become as natural and routine to your day as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, working and getting plenty of rest.
Dry skin results from a low level of skin oil, or sebum.
But how can you care this type of skin?
Here are a few solid dry skin care tips to heed:
1. In winter, when the air’s humidity is lower, your skin dries out faster. Keep that in mind when you choose a moisturizer. Use a stronger moisturizer in the winter and a lighter moisturizer in the summer, when the humidity is higher. This will help to prevent wrinkling down the road.
2. As we age our skin becomes thinner and drier. As a result our skin is more prone to damage in the form of cuts and cracking. Be especially careful when handling tools and utensils, and when coming into contact with harsh or abrasive surfaces or objects.
3. Exercise regularly to increase blood circulation, which helps to nourish your skin and cleanse it from within.
4. Dry skin care no-brainer: drink plenty of clean water to improve skin hydration. At least 2 quarts every day.
5. Clean your skin carefully. Because dry skin is more easily damaged than oily or normal skin, practice good, safe cleansing to prevent dead skin cells mixing with dirt and grime and leading to infection.
Note: A quality cleansing mask applied a couple of times a month can help remove toxins from your skin and give it a youthful glow. You may want to look into a good skin cleansing mask that is all natural, that works with all skin types, and is quite affordable.
6. Avoid excessive washing, especially with hot water, which evaporates more rapidly than tepid or lukewarm water. Too much contact with water will remove natural oils and moisture from the skin and encourage further drying. People with dry skin, especially the elderly, should avoid bathing or showering with hot water.
7. Keep your baths or showers to less than 15 minutes to avoid the loss of natural oils that help retain your skin’s moisture.
8. Avoid commercial soaps that dry out the skin. Choose a natural moisturizing soap that has a neutral ph value and is free of any fragrances, alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, and dioxanes.
9. Great dry skin care technique: after showering lightly apply virgin coconut oil to your face and massage gently to get your blood circulating and to refresh your face.
10. Avoid cold cleansing creams, which are made from hydrogenated oils. These oils actually dry out the skin and lead to wrinkles. Try instead patting virgin coconut oil or pure olive oil on your skin to cleanse it. Wash off with tepid or warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
11. Always moisturize your skin – face, neck, body – after your bath or shower. Moisturize your hands after washing them.
Note: The benefits of a good facial cleansing mask (see item #5 above) are increased with the use of a good facial hydrating mask. Apply a couple of times a month along with the cleansing mask, but do them on alternate weeks.
12. Take evening primrose oil supplements to strengthen your skin and increase your skin’s moisture content.
13. Get plenty of sleep to allow the skin to repair itself at the cellular level.
14. First, make the decision to practice regular and consistent good skin care. That may mean giving up something (something that is probably bad for you anyway), or taking whatever measures are necessary to promote your overall physical and mental health and the health and appearance of your skin.
Once you’ve committed to making your skin look and feel great, use common sense. Keep in mind the guidance and tips provided above for practicing proper dry skin care, and enjoy healthy better skin for the rest of your life!