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People have been practicing skincare since way back in antiquity. Through the ages, it has evolved considerably especially with the use of science and technology. This practice was not meant only for beautification, but also to protect oneself from the elements like the sun, wind, and even insects. Today, people continue to protect their skin especially with the onset of environmental pollution.

One of the most pressing concerns is how to care for dry skin. When you suffer from dry skin, you feel itchy and uncomfortable. The skin may turn red, flaky, and have dry patches. Severe dry skin may crack and bleed. Although this is not a life-threatening condition, your self-confidence could take a nose-dive. Following a regular skincare program will help rejuvenate your skin and avert any future dermatological issues. Here are some recommendations that you might be interested in making your dry skin soft and glowing. You will come out feeling and looking healthier and lovelier.

Steaming hot shower
Steaming Hot Shower
  1. Don’t take hot showers or baths.

Dr. Shari Marchbein, a renowned board-certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology repeatedly warned about the pitfalls of taking hot showers or baths while suffering some skin ailments, included in these conditions is dry skin.  Dry skin does not have enough moisture in it, so it is not soft and supple to the touch. It does not have sufficient good fats in the top layer such as ceramides, to maintain good healthy skin. If you continue exposing yourself to hot water, there will come a time when the outer layer of your skin will be stripped of its protective lipid layer. Lipids are important elements of the skin which include fatty acids, oils, and many others that are an essential part a of healthy skin. It is better to start or end your day with a lukewarm shower or bath.

Woman exfoliating her face
Woman exfoliating her face

2. Exfoliate.

The skin naturally sheds off dead skin cells usually every 30 days in order to create space for new cells. Oftentimes, dead cells don’t shed off totally which sometimes results to dry flaky skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation is an indispensable tool for dry skin.  Exfoliation for dry skin is necessary to remove the dead cells lying on the surface and change it to healthy ones. A weekly exfoliation would do the job. Employ a gentle scrub like a warm soft towel using natural products. There are many exfoliators and forms of chemical exfoliation in the market which you could use but it is wiser to ask professional advice first.

3. Use a hydrating moisturizer.

Moisturizer is used to protect, salve, and lubricate dry skin. Moisturizers hold water in the outermost layer of the skin to prevent drying. The Mayo Clinic Staff emphasized the importance of using moisturizers that contains ingredients that can help retain water. If the hands, arms, and other lower extremities are still dry after you used moisturizers then it is time to use one that has lactic acid and urea in it. Find a moisturizer that works for you and if you see that your skin is becoming duller and some fine lines are appearing then you need to use hydrating moisturizers.

4. Add a hydrating hyaluronic acid face serum to your routine.

According to Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, dry skin needs a serum containing ingredients that can bind with water to create a protective layer that holds water in the skin. With this, a hyaluronic acid serum will be a good addition to your skincare routine. Though hyaluronic acid is already a natural component of our skin, supplementing it could help make your skin smoother as well as reducing wrinkles and redness of the skin. This type of serum also contains wound healing properties.

Humidifier
Humidifier

5. Use a humidifier at home.

The skin requires humidity levels between 30% – 40% to stay healthy. From a statement of Dr, Riley Greene of the Denver Skin Clinic, using humidifiers at home could be very useful for people with dry skin. Studies reveal that using a humidifier prevents or alleviates eczema or itchiness that are common outcomes of dry skin.

6. Use skin foaming or milky cleanser

Milk cleansers are one of the best cleansing options for people with sensitive and dry skin. It works by removing make-up and other dirt particles from the skin without drying it out or irritating it. Compared to surfactant-based cleansers, milk cleansers do not strip the oil of the skin, making it soft and healthy. Milk cleansers can also hydrate, moisturize, and reduced redness and irritation of the skin.

7. Use a weekly hydrating mask.

Face masks with ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen and elastin, avocado, Vitamin E, oatmeal, and essential oils like aloe, argan, calendula, and jojoba oil is best for dry skin.

8. Flood skin with a nighty moisturizing cream.

Night creams are best before sleeping because it boosts collagen in your skin, improves your blood circulation, and soothes your face while you are asleep. It also makes sure that you have an even complexion and a finer skin texture.

Remember that when your skin is healthy, you won’t only feel better, but you will look better too!