10 Fabulous beauty tips for dry skin
Your skin feels dry, itchy and flaky when the skin is either not producing enough sebum or it is unable to retain its moisture. Dry skin can be caused by a number of things. It can be hereditary, it can be caused by some types of medication, it can be caused by pollution and by a poor diet. Whatever the cause, dry skin can be more than a nuisance and, in very bad cases, your skin can crack and bleed. To soothe and heal dry skin, you may need a different approach at different times of year, as the moisture levels in the air change, so here are ten different approaches to help you with dry skin:
1. Try using natural oils and homemade face masks for dry skin
Off-the-shelf moisturisers are fine, but they can be a bit heavy, clog up the pores in your skin and they can be very expensive. Natural oils, such as sweet almond oil, sesame oil, olive oil and coconut oil are far closer in composition to your own oils, than commercial moisturises and so will be absorbed quickly and are far less likely to clog up the pores.
Here are some of the very efficient homemade face masks for dry skin:
Face mask 1: Mix half of ripe avocado with a teaspoon of avocado oil and a teaspoon of sesame oil. Apply it to your clean face, leave it on for about 5-10 minutes before washing off.
Face mask 2: Mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of sweet almond oil and a teaspoon of honey, apply to your face and wash off after 5-10 minutes.
Face mask 3: Mix one tablespoon of plain oatmeal with 2-3 tablespoons of slightly warmed up milk and wait until the oats get soft, then add a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil and apply to your clean face for 5-10 minutes, and then, wash off with lukewarm water.
You can do one of the above face masks once or twice a week and you will see how your skin will become nourished, soft and glowing.
(Make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients of these face masks.)
2. Protect your skin
Sunlight can be one of the causes of dry skin. You can prevent the sun from drying out your skin by always wearing sunscreen, all year round, wearing a hat during especially in sunny weather. In the cooler months, wearing loose fitting, layered clothing for warmth will help to prevent overheating and sweating, which can dry out and irritate your skin too.
3. Use only gentle cleansers
Use a gentle, soap-less cleanser when you shower and avoid using harsh antibacterial or deodorising soaps and shower gels, as these will dry out your skin. Cleansers that contain ceramides can also be useful. Ceramides are fatty molecules that are found in the outer barrier of your skin, which help to hold moisture in.
4. Shower with warm water, not hot
When you shower, have the temperature set at warm, not hot and don’t spend too long in the shower. A long, hot shower will strip all the natural oils from your skin and leave your skin feeling even dryer. Experts recommend that you should only spend 5-10 minutes in the shower or bath.
5. Use a humidifier
It’s not just the sun that can dry out your skin, the cool, dry air in the winter will do it as well. Central heating is the biggest culprit, as that also dries out the air, so use a humidifier in your bedroom, especially during the summer and winter months and you should notice the difference in your skin.
6. Feed your skin from the inside out
What you eat also has a direct impact on your skin, so be sure that you are eating a healthy and balanced diet. Choose foods that are high in essential fatty acids (especially Omega-3 and Omega-6), such as oily fish, and also look to increase the amount of magnesium, beta-carotene and Vitamin C in your diet.
7. Gentle exfoliation
Exfoliation is important and it can help to remove the dead skin cells and the flakiness from dry skin. Be gentle to dry skin though, as it is likely to be more sensitive and use a natural exfoliator, such as a mixture of olive oil and softened oatmeal, so that you get both the gentle exfoliation and the moisturising effect of the oil, at the same time.
8. Use pure Shea butter
One of the best remedies for very dry skin is Shea butter. Be careful of what you buy, though, some products that contain Shea butter also contain many other ingredients as well, so look for 100% pure Shea butter, as this will be the most effective and the gentlest in your skin.
9. Avoid anti-ageing creams
Some anti-ageing products can be extremely irritating to dry skin and will definitely make the problem worse. If you are using anti-ageing creams, make sure that they don’t contain retinoid or AHAs, as these are the worse ingredients for people with dry skin.
10. If all else fails, see a dermatologist
If nothing else works and you have extremely dry skin, then it might be time to see a dermatologist. It may be that you have a treatable skin condition, like eczema that can be treated with prescribed medication.
What are your favorite beauty tips for dry skin? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Stay beautiful and happy!