Finding the right skincare for dry skin can be a challenge. Many of the products you see on store shelves aren’t ideal for dryness and you could end up with more problems if you use them on a regular basis. Women with dry skin need a routine that focuses on hydration, especially in the winter when dry air tends to make the issue worse.
Your goal is to get smooth, flake-free skin that is nourished so it always looks its best. So how do you do that? Follow these steps and it won’t be long until you’re loving the skin you’re in:
Use the Right Cleanser Daily
You’ve no doubt heard that you should never go to bed without washing your face. For women with dry skin, this is especially important. Sleeping with makeup and other products on your skin can lead to flaking and discomfort, not mention clogged pores and acne. It’s also vital that you wash your face in the morning too. A clean face is the ideal palette for your skincare products, giving the best opportunity to soak into your skin and keep it healthy.
Experts recommend using a cleanser that hydrates so that you don’t have to worry about it stripping the moisture already present in your skin. Hyaluronic acid and ceramides are two ingredients to be on the lookout for. If you have redness that goes along with your dryness, look for niacinamide.
Add a Serum to Your Routine
If you have dry skin and aren’t already using a serum, now is the time to start. Serums are great because they are concentrated, which means you get more of the good stuff with each application.
In addition to their spectacular hydrating properties, serums also infuse your skin with antioxidants that protect them from the dry air and other damaging elements that lead to dry skin.
Keep in mind that retinol can be a bit harsh on dry skin so choose those that contain gentle ingredients to get the best results.
Choose Moisturiser for Dry Skin
When you’re choosing skincare for dry skin, the products you ultimately decide on should be marketed for your skin type. That means choosing ultra-hydrating moisturisers for both your morning and evening routine.
Dry skin requires the use of a thicker moisturiser than other skin types to help lock in the moisture and prevent dryness. You want a product that is non-comedogenic and that is free of oils.
Look for ingredients like glycerine, dimethicone and ceramides to get the best hydration for your dry skin. Make sure to apply your moisturiser to clean, dry skin in the morning and before bed.
Try Using Eye Cream
Piling on more products isn’t always the best approach to taking care of dry skin. However, if you suffer from dryness, you may notice that the problem is more pronounced around your eyes where the skin is thinner. For that reason, you need a hydrating eye cream that you can apply before you go to bed at night.
If the problem persists, you may find that applying eye cream in the morning, as well as at night, helps treat the problem.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Wearing sunscreen daily is something that everyone should be doing, not just those with dry skin. However, if you suffer from dry skin, protecting it from the sun helps keep it from getting worse. That’s because the sun, as well as the heat, sucks the moisture from your skin. Sunscreen creates a barrier that locks in moisture and keeps dryness at bay.
Look for one that is a serum formula to keep from having to deal with white streaks on your skin.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Face Mask
Hydrating face masks are a powerful solution for dry skin and using one on a regular basis can really help battle dryness. The ideal face mask is one that contains hydrating ingredients like vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and colloidal oatmeal.
Sheet masks are a trendy choice, but other options are just as great. Be sure you read the directions carefully to be sure that you’re applying the mask properly and don’t overdo it or you could wind up with other skin issues.
It’s always a good idea to work with a dermatologist if you have dry skin to get the most out of your products and to treat issues as they arise. Staying on top of your healthy skincare routine is a step you’ll never regret.
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