Dry skin type is not easy… it requires extra care and attention, and can be very irritating, tight and flaky. Dry skin may also be very sensitive; therefore regular skincare products may be too harsh for this type of skin. If your have dry skin, always make sure to choose skincare products that will not dry out or aggravate your skin.
Dry skin type suffers from lack of moisture and sebum. While it may not be prone to breakouts, the lack of moisture and sebum makes it look more patchy and fragile. Dry skin can flake easily, so fine lines and wrinkles are much more obvious.
Dry skin needs special attention, especially in the winter time when low temperatures, low humidity, and strong, harsh winds drain skin of its natural moisture. Also, dry hot air from heating sources can dry out skin even more.
In order to keep your skin moisturized at all times, try using lukewarm water instead of hot water when washing your face or hands, because hot water tends to dry out the skin. Once your skin is clean, always apply a rich moisturizer and apply it when skin is still a little damp. For dry skin on large body areas, choose Shea body butter instead of body lotion because it is richer and creamier.
You can and should exfoliate your skin, even dry skin, gently once per week. Choose a delicate scrub to remove all dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, to help it look more refreshed and less flaky. If you feel weekly exfoliation is too drying, you can reduce the frequency to every other week. It is also very important to hydrate from the inside and drink a lot of water throughout the day.
Dry skin can also be a sign of skin disorders that may require medical care or special skincare treatment, including Eczema and Psoriasis. To read more about those skin disorders click here.