Know Your Skin Type: Dry Skin

I hope you’ve have the chance to read the last three posts on skin types. So far, we’ve looked at oily skin, normal skin and combination skin. Up today is dry skin, which is very sensitive. It produces very little sebum (the oil the skin produces), and as a result becomes very dehydrated. It is usually tight after washing, dull and parched. This skin type requires thorough care.
Follow these tips to manage your dry, sensitive skin.

  1. Never use hot water as it will dry out the skin even further. Use lukewarm water.  Avoid hot showers as it strips the skin of oil much faster than warm water.
  2. Use a mild, unscented, soap-free cleanser.
  3. When you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry but, leave it damp and apply a moisturizer. This will lock the moisture into your skin.
  4. When purchasing a moisturizer, look for moisture retaining ingredients such as, Dimethicone and glycerine, which draws water into the skin and retains it.
  5. Use sunscreen on exposed parts of the body. Be sure use an SPF 0f 15 or more.
  6. Drink lots of water.
  7. Exfoliate before applying makeup. This removes the dead cells.
  8. After cleansing, apply a rich, non-greasy  moisturizer. Oily formulas can clog pores.
  9. Apply a makeup primer that’s made especially for dry skin.
  10. Use an oil-based or water based foundation. Do not use powders, as they will dry the skin further.
  11. Eat foods that are rich in omega-3. Essential fatty acids helps enrich the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Good foods include, fish(salmon, halibut, sardines), flax, walnuts, and safflower oil.

As usual, see your skin care specialist or dermatologist if your problem is beyond your control. If you suffer from dry skin, we’d love to learn how you deal with it. Leave us a comment.

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