How to Care For & Manage Your Dry Skin
With too many roles for a woman to juggle in today’s fast paced, high pressured lifestyle, there is very little time for her to pamper herself.
Add in tension, worries, anxiety and age, and the skin become less active leaving it drier, fragile, prone to wrinkle, lines near the eyes and mouth and losing the youthful color and glow.
Failure of oil glands failing to release enough oils to moisturize and protect the skin results in dry skin. Environmental causes like dry air, harsh wind, hormonal imbalance, usage of aggressive chemicals, cosmetics or excessive bathing with harsh soaps will strip the moisture from your skin making it dryer, flakier and chapped during winter.
As we transition between seasons, so should our skin care routine. Dry skin needs special attention all year long. Follow these steps to care for your dry skin not only during the cold winter months, but also during the warmer temperatures as well.
Steps to Caring for Dry Skin
Cleanse and Moisturize. Dry skin should be cleansed with a cold cream and alcohol-free skin fresheners to remove the cream. After cleansing, splash your face with cold water or gently wipe the skin with rose water to tone the skin nicely. The skin needs a lubricating emollient or a moisturizer when the face is damp after the wash.
Avoid harsh winds and hot baths. These will dry out the skin even more. When shopping for skin care products, look for oil-based creams and make-up products only. Use a soft towel or a wash cloth to avoid irritation to the skin while wiping it.
Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. UV sun rays are not only damaging to the skin, but they cause premature skin aging. Our SPF 45 Mineral Sun Block Powder blocks these harmful sun rays for approx. 45-50 minutes. And the best part is that you can apply it over your makeup and reapply throughout the day as needed.
Manage Your Dry Skin from the Inside Out
For chapped or cracked skin, increase your water intake. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and must be kept hydrated in order to avoid cracking. Hydrate your body with fluids and reap the benefits of a healthy glow. It is important to keep chapped areas well lubricated and protected from the elements by using a good nourishing cream or moisturizer.
Finally, dry skin can be managed from inside the body. A well balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and nuts provides the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin. Garlic, onions, eggs and asparagus help to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Carrots, apricots, rich in vitamins A, C keep the skin supple. Increase intake of foods like leafy raw green veggies, dairy products like yogurt, milk. Lessen fried foods, soft drinks, sugar, chocolates, junk foods, alcohol, caffeine and other foods that have diuretic effecting causing the body and skin to loose fluids, vitamins and essential minerals.
Having dry skin doesn’t have to be a cumbersome experience. Our skin renews itself every 28 days, so there is always an opportunity to improve our skin’s feel to the touch. Take these simple measures to add moisture to your skin, both from the inside with water and nutrition, and from the outside by using topical products. Your skin will thank you!