One of the worst things that can happen to a budding glamour girl is to have dry skin. It makes makeup difficult to apply and set, it can feel itchy or flaky at times and there is a higher tendency for you to look older because of the skin damage (as opposed to oily-skinned individuals, who tend to retain the smooth, “plump” look because of the excess oils that coat their facial skin). Fortunately, you need not suffer the days looking like reptilian because there is still something you can do to help keep your dry skin under control – four ways, actually. Without further ado, here are the four things you need to do and incorporate into your beauty routine to prevent dry skin from emerging its ugly and flaky little head:
Choose Your Beauty and Bath Products Wisely
Fighting dry skin starts with knowing what kind of bath and beauty products to use on your skin. Using the wrong one can actually exacerbate your skin condition, because you might unknowingly strip off your skin’s natural moisture or not replenish the lipids. Those who are suffering from dry skin should invest in creamy products that are packed with organic, and all natural moisturizers. Stay away from clear gel cleansers – this is not the best cleanser for dry skin. Clear cleansers have more cleansing properties than ones that retain moisture, so using this will just encourage further drying out. So always remember, use cream-based ones!
Rethink Your Makeup
Are you using the right makeup for your skin? As a tip, buy makeup in cream form as this will stay put on your skin and smooth over the rough patches. The worst thing to use on dry skin is powder-based makeup, which will highlight fine lines and emphasize shadows where the patchy or peeling skin is. Compared to oily skinned folk, you have the advantage of using more makeup on your skin for as long as you use the right ones. You can even choose makeup that has built-in moisturizers to further up the softness ante.
If oily-skinned individuals are advised to wash their faces midday to manage the oil slick, then dry skinned folks are advised to reapply the moisture at the same time. Take caution not to wash your face midday if it will dry it out; you can instead use a moisturizing wipe to get rid of the dirt and grime and then reapply your favorite day cream designed for dry skin. Afterwards, you can reapply makeup if needed.
Pick up the Pace on Face Creams
If the general recommendation is to use a rich overnight cream once a week, people suffering from dry skin may have an allowance of an extra day a week to pump moisture in, big time. If you are sure you are not allergic or have any adverse reaction to a facial cream, you can do this once a week ritual twice in seven days, spaced two or three days apart.
Do A Gentle Exfoliation
It might be tempting to rub out all the flaky stuff on your face, but your best bet is still gentle exfoliation. Doing so will manage the amount of flaky skin while still avoiding further aggravation. For this, you can use a combination of milk powder, ground oatmeal and honey mixed in a paste and applied on the skin. The oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliant while the milk and honey will ensure that the lost moisture is replenished. These four easy tips will do a lot to prevent your dry skin from getting worse and have you presenting best face forward!