Skin Care for Dry Skin: The How, Why and What
If you have dry skin, chances are you also have a drawer full of half-used creams, oils and lotions that you hoped would be your salvation. But before you add any more jars to the pile, take a minute to find out what causes itchy, flaky, dehydrated skin, and the best dry skin care routine to manage it.
Why So Dry?
First off, let’s figure out the culprit. Most of the time, dry skin is caused by environmental factors like very cold or hot weather, pollution, diet or even the temperature of your shower.1 This is all good news, because we can at least partially control these things, and how our skin reacts to them. Of course, sometimes dry skin is caused by more serious underlying issues like eczema or psoriasis, and these usually require a doctor’s care.2
Dry Skin Tips
Good news: most dry skin issues are relatively easy to address, and there are lots of ways to do it. Here are some top tips you may not have considered:3,4
• Close the bathroom door when you shower to build up steam
• Keep showers to around 5 -10 minutes and use warm water, not hot
• Blot skin gently with a towel when drying
• In winter, use a humidifier in your bedroom
• Get plenty of sleep – our skin repairs itself while we sleep, so don’t skimp
Determine Your Dry Skin Routine
A skin care routine for dry skin doesn’t have to be complicated. Keeping a regular routine and using the right naturally replenishing ingredients are key.
Cleanse: Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser, and avoid irritating synthetic chemicals. The amount counts – use enough to cover your face, but not so much that you get a thick lather.3
Treat: Serums and ointments are absorbed more easily than lotions.3 Look for products with natural essential fatty acids like rosehip or grapeseed oil, or natural hydrators like Clary Sage.
Moisturize: Look for antioxidants and rich, natural ingredients like glycerin, stearic acid or shea butter.5 Whichever products you choose, apply them while your skin is still slightly damp for best absorption.
And of course, since sun damage is a direct cause of dry, damaged skin, remember your daily SPF 30 or higher.
Eat to Glow
You already know that drinking lots of water helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy. But the rest of your diet is super important, too. Fresh fruit and fruit juice provide antioxidants (and more of that all-important water), and citrus fruits even support collagen production in the skin for a plump look and feel. Leafy greens like spinach and broccoli hunt down free radicals that can give skin a dull look, and their phytochemicals help fight damage from sun and pollutants. And a study from the British Journal of Dermatology found that foods with lipoic acid, like tomatoes, poultry and round steak, can reduce dry skin and the effects of sun exposure.6 Score!
Dry skin doesn’t have to be a drag. With powerful help from nature’s best ingredients and a few simple tweaks to your daily routine, you’re on your way to healthier, happier skin.