When we talk about skincare, there’s no universal routine for everybody. We’re all unique.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t tailor your skincare routine to your skin type. Once you have determined it, you’ll be more comfortable to choose the appropriate products for you!
In the case of dry skin, you’ll have to meet several challenges. And those include flaky skin, wrinkles, itch, and crocodile skin among others. Fortunately, there are many skincare tips for dry skin that will help you with these challenges. Let’s discover them together!
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Forget hot water
Do you enjoy long hot baths or showers? If this is your case, then you should know that they’re bad for dry skin. Indeed, they further dry out skin and worsen your skin condition. Consequently, the American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends you stick to lukewarm showers. Then, come and tell me how your skin is doing!
Cleanse your skin gently
Dry skin is not fit for harsh cleansers like soaps. They’re vintage and may smell good, but they’re not good for your dry skin.
Indeed, they are aggressive for your skin and strip it from the little oil you have. Consequently, you must choose cleansers that get rid of oil and dirt without stripping your outer layer of skin. I recommend you choose a non-foaming cleanser like CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
In addition, to cleanse your body, you must also rely on soap-free shower gels or dermatologic bars. The latter is a soap but is much gentler than a classic soap. In particular, I especially like Rogé Cavaillès Extra-mild super fatty soap with milk and honey.
Select heavy moisturizers
How to moisturize your face
Contrary to oily skin, dry skin needs heavier moisturizers as it needs to lock in moisture. Consequently, you must attention to the ingredients of your moisturizers carefully.
For your face, you must choose moisturizers containing vitamin C, squalane, and hyaluronic acid. Indeed, these ingredients will nourish your skin in depth. Also, they will help you to address fine lines and wrinkles.
Another skincare tip for dry skin is to top your face moisturizer with oil. Thus, you will retain moisture while addressing itch and flaky skin. and your skin will glow! I particularly like Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Formula.
If you don’t have enough money to buy a facial oil, don’t worry! You can use a few drops of olive oil and it will do the job!
How to moisturize your body
For your body, forget body lotions! Instead, you must rely more on ointments and heavy creams. Here are the ingredients you must look for in a moisturizer:
- petroleum/mineral oil
- shea butter
All these ingredients are effective emollients, humectants, and occlusives that will help you lock in moisture easily. Also, if you’re inclined to more natural ingredients, then you must choose natural butters. Shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter…it’s up to you!
Moreover, when you apply your moisturizer, don’t forget to apply it on damp skin. Thus, this will help to lock in moisture lastly. Also, you must absolutely moisturize your skin after washing it. Otherwise, your skin will be flaky and you will feel uncomfortable.
In particular, I recommend you to try Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula if you have dry skin. This lotion has never failed me since my childhood and I still use it today, despite me trying other lotions. I always, always come back to this butter! If you have dry skin, try it and tell me how it went for you!
Exfoliate your skin
Another misconception when you have dry skin is that you must not exfoliate. Well, it’s both true and false. Actually, you mustn’t exfoliate often like oily skin. However, you must remember that dry skin is dull and often lacks glow. Therefore, exfoliation can help in this matter.
What I can recommend is that you exfoliate twice a month, if you use a manual exfoliant. However, you may choose to exfoliate more regularly. In this case, always choose a chemical exfoliant that will gently remove dead cells.
For instance, you may use a glycolic acid toner that will even your skin texture. Also, it will brighten your skin without causing excessive dryness. I recommend The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Resurfacing Solution.
Let’s be clear: all skin types must wear sunscreen. However, this applies for dry skin in particular because you are more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, you must never forget to apply sunscreen before going out. Indeed, SPF will protect your skin from the harsh effects of sun and other environmental factors on your skin.
Do you wonder what’s the proper coverage for you? Then, you must strive to use an SPF that is 30 or higher. For dry skin, Anthelios from La Roche-Posay is appropriate for you. However, if you don’t have a huge budget for your beauty products, you can buy your sunscreen in your drugstore. But you must absolutely look for the coverage level that I mentioned above.
Don’t forget your lips
When you have dry skin, your lips generally follow. And your lips tend to be dry and chapped. This isn’t good, especially if you want to kiss your loved ones! That’s why you must keep your lips dewy and moisturized.
Choose lip balms with heavy ingredients that will keep your lips soft and shiny. In particular, I recommend lip balms with shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax. And if you don’t have enough money, you can use the good old petroleum jelly!
Avoid harsh ingredients
Some ingredients are very harsh and irritating for dry skin. Therefore, you must absolutely learn to read the labels before buying your skincare products. In particular, look to avoid the following ingredients:
- alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHA)
If you avoid all these harsh ingredients, your skin will retain its natural oils more easily.
Protect your skin
When you have dry skin, people notice it first on your hands and legs. Thus, you must absolutely protect your skin besides moisturizing it. This is true in winter, but also in summer because you evolve in places that have air conditioning.
Thus, here are some skincare tips that you can apply to protect your dry skin:
- wear gloves and tights
- always moisturize your skin with heavy creams after washing your hands
- choose hypoallergenic detergent to wash your clothes
- always wear natural fabrics: cotton, silk, wool…
Bonus tip: always wear a tube of hand cream in your bag!
Add moisture in your environment
When it’s dry and cold outside, your skin will suffer. And this is especially true if you have dry skin because the loss of moisture will make your skin drier than ever. Therefore, you may invest in an air humidifier to add moisture in your environment. Turn it on during your sleep and watch the moisture miracle happen in your life!
Elodie’s vanity for dry skin
Do you want the appropriate products to apply these skincare tips for dry skin? Then, here are the products you will need. As you will notice, I’ve chosen cheap skincare products. Sometimes, they’re even more effective than the more expensive ones!
- CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
- The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Resurfacing Solution
- CeraVe Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin B5 and Ceramides
- Cetaphil Deep Hydration Healthy Glow Daily Face Cream for Dry Skin
- Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Formula
- Rogé Cavaillès Extra-mild super fatty soap with milk and honey or Rogé Cavaillès Milk and Honey Shower Gel
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
- La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen SPF 50
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm or Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Hand Cream
- Vaseline Hypoiallergenic Original Petroleum Jelly
- Aquaphor Healing Ointment
- Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
Summary: what are the best skincare tips for dry skin?
The best skincare tips for dry skin are rather simple. However, you must apply them regularly to watch some results. I sum up these skincare tips for you:
- forget hot water
- wash your skin with gentle cleansers
- use heavy moisturizing formulas for your face and body
- exfoliate your skin gently
- apply sunscreen religiously everyday
- moisturize your lips
- select the right ingredients for your skin type
- protect your skin
- use a humidifier
Well, that’s it for today? What do you think of these skincare tips for dry skin? Do you apply some of them in your daily routine? Don’t hesitate to share your experience in the comments below!
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