Dry Skin – Signs of Dry Skin and How to Treat

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Dry Skin – Signs of Dry Skin and How to Treat

Moisturiser. Moisturiser. Moisturiser. Yes, but then what more?

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Whenever someone complains about their skin being too dry, our first reaction would be telling them to use more moisturiser.  Well it’s not wrong, but dealing with dry skin is a little more problematic than that. Don’t worry! Once you get a hang of how your skin behaves it soon will be a breeze. I’m going to break down and group a zillion questions you have about your skin now and answer them one-by-one. Shall we begin?

Question #1: What are some signs of dry skin?

There are a few tell-tale signs e.g. red patches, flaky skin or eczema (a rash-like condition). You can also feel your skin getting dry quickly throughout the day, even 1-2 hours after applying, we all know this word now, moisturiser. Dry skin could be very sensitive to many types of skincare and makeup products. Therefore using the wrong/not suitable ones will cause redness and even itching.

Or you can carry out this simple test to determine your skin type. Wipe your face in the morning with a clean facial tissue or paper. You skin would be ‘dry’ if the paper is still clean and your face feels a bit itchy and tight afterwards.

Nightmare, I know.

Question #2: What causes dry skin?

First, let me clarify to all you hopeful people out there. You CANNOT change your skin type because it, including lipid-level and moisture, is determined genetically (Mom, why?). Wait! Let’s not go blaming Mom yet, what if I told you that there is… a cheat way? You heard me right. But I’ll save this part till later.

Anyways, in order to cheat we have to understand what affects our skin dryness. Under our skin there is layer of lipid tissue, which helps trapping moisture. This lipid barrier can be disrupted by many external factors that lead to natural moisturising factors evaporating more quickly. These external factors can be UV lighting, harsh weather, polluted environment or inappropriate face care routine. Besides our skin could also be affected from other factors. Age is one example. As we get older our skin’s ability to produce sweat and lipid decreases (as if aging is not horrifying enough). This would leave our skin not being hydrated most of the time and cause wrinkles later on. There are also hormonal changes, smoking, diet and medication intake contributing to skin dryness.

Now that we are clear of what the problems behind this are we can finally move on to tackle these issues and make peace with it

Question #3: How to treat dry skin?

(a.k.a. How to cheat genetics?)

So how do celebrities like Lea Michelle, Nicole Richie combat skin dryness? By spending $250+ on Dermal Quench Oxygen Treatment every few weeks, no biggie.

Not a celebrity yet? There are a few steps you need to add to your routine and they only follow one simple rule – by learning what your skin needs and provide it with plenty of that.

That’ here being, yes you guessed it right, moisture

Moisturiser (lotion or cream): We’ve been over this since the beginning; so let me make it short. Choose the one that is best suited for your skin, preferably without perfumes and colourants to prevent irritation.

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Lukewarm water helps opening pores, let our skin breathe and detox but doesn’t make it drying out fast like hot water. Therefore using warm water for your skin is a great way for cleansing yet still staying hydrated.

Short shower: Keep your shower short and cool (or lukewarm). This way you can lock in the moisture and prevent skin from getting dry. Your singing can wait; don’t worry. *Tip: Make sure skin still feels fresh and moist after drying off with towel. Apply moisturising cream or lotion right away.

Humidifier is a good investment for winter time. Dry skin can get a lot more uncomfortable during this season due to too much dryness in the air. *Tip: Or try placing a pot of water next to your heater.

Tone down on cleanser: Try to opt for a milder facial cleanser. You could also try washing your face with milk since it acts as both a natural cleanser and natural moisturiser. Avoid soaps and scrubs at all costs. Remember, your skin needs to be treated delicately and softly.

Sunblock is a must. Being exposed to harsh UV rays for a long period is no fun. Anyone experienced sunburn knows what I am talking about. The damage the Sun can do to your skin can be pretty severe (dryness, roughness and wrinkles), especially in sensitive area like your face. Go for sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it half an hour before going out, and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.

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Shave carefully: Unwanted hair is… well, unwanted. But little did we know that they are there to help trapping our natural oils. So there is a chance that you’re scraping off those precious oils while shaving. The best time to shave is after shower when your pores are more relaxed and hair is softer. Always use a sharp razor and shave in the direction that hair is growing to reduce the irritation level. And don’t forget shaving cream and lotion.

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Exfoliate very gently: Very gently. Some would say it’s best to avoid exfoliation because you’re losing more skin and natural oils. However sometimes dead skins builds up as layers and give our skin the flaky look. Exfoliate could help you getting rid of those old skin and leaving your skin looking smooth and fresh afterwards with young skin cells.

Some more side tips that could help you go miles in the ‘cheating’ process:

  • When choosing moisturiser, don’t go for ones with fragrances because normally they come with alcohol. You can use shea butter or ceramide products.
  • Don’t forget your lips. Lip’s skin gets dry easily and needs to be protected. Therefore be sure to glam them up with lipstick, gloss or at least some lip balm day and night.
  • DIY mask by using aloe vera or egg (whip up some egg white, apply and rinse after 10 minutes; repeat with egg yolk) would increase the moisture.

Adapting these tips and tricks to your daily routine would benefit you now as well as later on. However if you don’t feel your skin condition getting better after a few weeks it might be best to see a dermatologist.

Share with us your thoughts on this. Do you think dry skin is the most difficult to treat out of all skin types?

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