Is your skin is having a dull, flaky, rough mask, tight feeling with dry skin patches in your cheeks and arms, and your makeup seems to look cakey instead of dewy? All these symptoms indicate a dry skin. When you have a dry skin, you need to think about skincare a little differently, Things like physical exfoliants, alcohol, and foaming cleanser can make flaky skin even worse.
Here are a few things that may be responsible for your dry skin.
You Use A Soapy Or Acne-Fighting Cleanser
Your ace wash greatly affects your skin. So avoid using foamy and soapy cleansers, which can strip your skin of its natural oils.
There are some cleansers which are fine for normal-to-oily skin types, but if used by those with dry skin, and products that are used to treat acne can also be very drying. So you should go for gentle cream or oil-based options. Oil cleansers wash away what you want to clean but leave behind natural oils and they don’t strip your skin of moisture.
You Turn Up The Heat In The Shower
Although a superhot and steamy shower can feel relaxing, it can be troublesome if you have itchy, dry skin. Hot water temperature will leech your skin of oils and lead to dry skin. The best thing is to keep your water at a warm-to-tepid temperature. In winter, your space heater can also be to blame. The dry heat sucks moisture from the air and your skin. So, invest in a humidifier, which helps balance out the humidity in the air.
You Apply Your Skincare Products In The Wrong Order
After getting more moisture for your dry skin you need to use products that lock in the hydration. So, layering is very important. After cleansing, apply a moisturizing serum and then immediately top it with a cream to restore essential oils and fats to the skin. This helps to seal in the hydration and give you moisturized skin for longer periods of time, and may be all day. If you are still feeling dry, add oil as the final step. Rosehip oil or coconut oil will create a stronger water barrier and may be more suitable for an overnight treatment or winter months.
You Use Scrubbing Exfoliants
Exfoliants that have micro-beads and small scrubbing particles are not the only way to get rid of flaky, dead skin. In fact, over-scrubbing can be harsh on delicate, dry skin types. Use a chemical exfoliant that is packed with alpha hydroxy acids. For the body, a lotion with lac-hydrin or a glycolic cream is great. For the face, a glycolic based cream or mild AHA will be best for dry skin types.
You Buy Skincare Products With Alcohol As A Primary Ingredient
Alcohol is a harsh ingredient for sensitive and dry skin types as it steals moisture away from your skin. Alcohol-based products cut through oils and can disrupt the skin barrier, leading to even more dry skin.
Note: Dry skin is different than eczema and psoriasis. These conditions are typically characterized by itchy, raised, red, or thick flakes that can sometimes appear crusty. If your dry skin extends to other areas along with your face, it could be a sign of hypothyroidism, diabetes, or some medications. If this is a new change, you need to see a physician just to be sure.