Dry skin is uncomfortable and at risk for painful cracks and flaky itching. As the weather gets colder, more and more people who struggle with dry skin are going to be experiencing symptoms and trying desperately to fight back and keep their skin happy and moisturized. There are so many things you can do to help your dry skin stay moisturized. Here are our top six tips to keep your skin supple and healthy during the winter months and throughout the year.
When you are fighting against dry skin, you are most likely fighting against your genetics. People are born with oily, dry, or combination skin, and if you naturally do not have a more protective lipid barrier, then germs and irritants can get into the skin while moisture escapes (these irritants and germs are why so many dry skin sufferers get red and itchy skin). Depleting elements include harsh winds, dry heat and low humidity, sun, alcohol, and long baths. Staying away from these things can significantly improve your skin condition.
Carefully Choose Soaps
Many soaps strip the skin of natural oils. Your natural oils help protect your skin and keep it moisturized, and if you have dry skin, then you are not suffering from too much oil production anyway. Stay away from these five ingredients in your soaps and cleansers if you have dry skin:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Fragrances and preservatives
Other than fragrances and preservatives, which should always be avoided in products, the other four ingredients can help people with certain skin conditions such as acne or oily skin. They are not suitable for people with dry skin specifically though, and if you are using a product with these ingredients to treat acne then stick to spot treatment not to dry out the rest of your skin.
Stay Away from Anti-Aging
Anti-aging treatments are a big no for those with dry skin. They are notoriously irritating and often have many of the ingredients listed above that should be avoided.
Exfoliating can help dry skin a lot, but over-exfoliating can be very bad for you and damage your skin, especially if it is dry. If you have oily skin then exfoliating every other day is ok, but if you have dry skin then just doing it once or twice a week is enough. Use a gentle exfoliator or a sonic brush to do the job.
Use a moisturizer daily and make sure that it has sunscreen in it or that you are using sunscreen in conjunction with it. This will help keep your skin happy and protect you from UV rays which can dry out your skin further as well as age your skin.
At home care is necessary to treat dry skin and keep your skin supple, but if you want more immediate and visible results, then you should go into a spa and get a dry skin facial treatment. You will get a big “push” towards more moisturized skin and having good skin will encourage you to work hard to keep it rather than trying to reverse dry skin on your own.
If you have dry skin, then come into European Beauty. Our beauty spa in Toronto is a European spa that offers facial treatments for all skin types. Call us now for a consultation on our products and treatments that you need and guidance on how to use them at home from our esthetician.