Your skin can become dry even if you hydrate regularly for a number of reasons, including dry and cold climate, using skincare products that do not meet your skin's needs, not moisturizing properly, relying on a low-nutrient diet, hormonal changes, certain medications, etc.
So why is this a problem?
Dry skin can become a problem because it is just plain uncomfortable.
This is due to the lack of our natural oil secreted by our sebaceous glands and moving up the pore to sit on the surface of the skin and lubricate it.
When the skin is not lubricated, it dries up and begins to flow, peel, crack and even bleed depending on the severity of the dryness.
So the instinctive thing to do is hydrate him immediately after he starts to feel uncomfortable, right? Well that will help, however, it's more like fixing things.
A much better thing to do is get to the root of the problem so you don't have to rely on moisturizers that sometimes don't do the job effectively.
Here are some potential explanations as to why your skin feels so dry even if you moisturize:
You hydrate poorly
The purpose of hydration is to create a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture inside the skin from evaporating.
This is also what sebum does, however, when you don't have enough sebum on the surface - moisture freely evaporates from the skin with nothing to stop it, essentially leaving the skin dry.
Therefore instead of just applying a ton of moisturizers or oils to create a seal, first go for a humectant which is a component that draws moisture into the top layers of the skin and then seal it with a emollient while your skin is still damp. keep humidity inside.
Good humectants include hyaluronic acid and glycerin while good triglyceride, squalane and wax emollients. When choosing a moisturizer for dry skin, make sure your moisturizers contain these components.
My favorite moisturizers are:
You use dry cleaners
Cleansers are products that can be the hardest to notice if they make you dry, especially if you already have dry skin.
For example, oily skin types like me can easily notice if a cleanser dries too much if after using it the skin looks shiny and clean and is just taut.
Dry skin, on the other hand, is used to this feeling because this is how the skin feels all the time. So it can be difficult to tell if your cleanser is the only product causing your dryness.
In that case, turn to the texture and ingredients for help. Instead of going for foaming cleansers, go for milky emulsions or cleansing creams, and never wash your face with hot water. Instead, use lukewarm or cold water.
On the other hand, avoid cleansers that contain alcohol denate or isopropyl alcohol very high on the ingredient list, as they are notoriously dehydrating to the skin.
My favorite gentle cleansers are:
You exfoliate badly
Exfoliation is one of the best things you can do to improve your complexion and get rid of acne, discoloration, post-inflammatory scars, dullness, uneven skin tone, etc.
The results of exfoliation are pretty obvious. After all, who could look away from that glow? But doing more exfoliation won't give you a better glow - it will give you a damaged skin barrier and dry, itchy skin.
Constantly shedding dead skin cells from the skin's surface can prove to be detrimental in the long run, because this way you expose young and new skin cells that don't have the same ability to cope with the outside world. .
New skin cells also don't have the same moisture holding capacity that mature skin cells have, therefore excessive exfoliation is an important thing that will leave your skin dry.
But aside from exfoliating too often, you might be making the mistake of exfoliating with products or ingredients that may not be suitable for your skin's individual needs.
So what do you do in this case?
Well, on the one hand, you have to slow down and give your skin a break from exfoliation. Exfoliate once a week and no more until you notice a change in your skin.
Plus, choose products that contain gentle exfoliating ingredients that hydrate the skin and improve its moisture-holding capacity like lactic acid or a small percentage of another exfoliating acid.
My favorite gentle exfoliators are:
Living in a dry and cold climate
The climate in which we live has a big impact on our skin. These changes can be dramatic or barely noticeable, but nonetheless, they happen.
I first noticed this while traveling from my very hot and humid home on a vacation in northern Norway.
My skin started to feel dry from the moment I got off the plane, however, it wasn't until a few days later that I started to see literal flakes peeling off my forehead, my skin. cheeks and around the mouth.
My regular cleanser started to burn and leave my skin excessively dry, so I had to run to the drugstore to refuel, even though I got there with a small suitcase full of my usual skincare products.
I ended up using nothing for the two weeks I was there and had to purchase a new cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen to keep my skin from hurting.
It stopped the moment I got home. My skin immediately became oily in all areas and I quickly resumed using my usual skincare products without any problems.
I personally notice a dramatic change when I visit cold climates, but not all skin types react like this. However, if your skin changes with the seasons or if you live in a cold, dry climate and have dry skin, here are two ways to keep it hydrated:
- keep your environment moist by using a humidifier
- regularly reapply ointments like petroleum jelly or CeraVe to areas where your skin is driest
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Using prescription drugs
Some prescription drugs can dry out your skin and even make it more sensitive to the sun.
The most notorious drug that requires you to have a huge tube of moisturizer and lip balms with you at all times is isotretinoin, which is prescribed for patients with severe acne.
Additionally, prolonged use of certain other medications that are not often associated with skin changes such as antihistamines, diuretics, and cholesterol medications can impact your skin.
It is always a good idea to do your research on the effects that medications can have on your skin, especially if you are prescribed a long-term dose.
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take good care of their skin, and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on the skin care products I have tried. You can find out more about me here.
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tonalités of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry femme mûre skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alfa hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin expert we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, évidemment, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. to fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
to fight épidémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.