Whether it's due to misinformation or plain laziness, we all acquire bad skin-care practices. However, before you choose new products or begin a new regimen, you should consider your skin type.
Dry skin is particularly difficult to diagnose. It's what happens when your skin can't hold on to its natural moisture or the moisturizing substances you use. It's troublesome because it is often sensitive or acne-prone. Hence, choosing the perfect component to care for dry skin is essential.
It's to this end that this article is centered on revealing some of the things you're doing that could be aggravating your dry skin. Check them out below:
1. Using a moisturizer that is inadequate for your skin's requirements.
You're correct if you believe moisturizing is an important part of caring for dry skin. However, if your skin is deteriorating rather than improving, you may have picked the incorrect moisturizer.
Your products should always include substances that have been scientifically demonstrated to be beneficial.
According to Dr. Begoun, you should search for a moisturizer that has antioxidants, skin-nourishing ingredients, emollients, and sunscreen. All of these components have been scientifically proven to be important.
2. Forgetting to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun
I will advise you to use a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Sun protection is vital for everyone, but it is especially important for dry skin. Sun damage is unavoidable, even with the greatest moisturizer and skin care routine.
Sun exposure harms your skin over time and impairs its capacity to retain moisture. In addition, it reduces your skin's capacity to renew and restore itself. Choose a moisturizer that offers broad spectrum protection or wear a separate sunscreen all year.
3. Scrubbing your skin to remove flaking and dryness
Scrubbing dry, flaky skin away may seem like a sensible reaction when you wake up with it. However, cleaning your face harshly or using harsh chemical exfoliants can only irritate dry skin in the long run.
Gritty scrubs, which harm the skin's surface, are always preferable to gentle chemical exfoliants.
4. Using a strong soap or a drying cleanser to clean
You must wash your skin in some way. A harsh soap or a drying cleanser, on the other hand, isn't the way to go, especially if you already have dry skin. These types of cleansers aggravate dry skin. If your cleanser makes your skin feel tight or dry, it's not the right cleanser for you.
Instead of picking up any old bar soap or the first liquid cleaner you encounter, seek for gentle and hydrating solutions. Also, pay attention to how you wash your face and body when you're changing up your cleansing routine.
Don't scrape with a scratchy washcloth, and avoid scorching hot water on already-dry skin. It's far better to keep things gently and moisturize as soon as possible after cleansing.
5. Showering for long periods of time in hot water.
If your skin is dry, it's simply not a good idea to take long, hot showers or baths. Dry skin can be harmed by a variety of factors, not only hot water. Hanging out in a car, house, or office with an excessive heating system can dehydrate your skin, but this is far more difficult to control than your bathing habits.
It makes it easier to keep your showers short (or turn the water temperature down a bit). If you do take a hot shower or bath, you'll probably find that moisturizing from head to toe is beneficial. That way, you'll be able to assist your skin replenish the moisture it lost when cleansing.
6. Using irritant-causing items on your skin
If you have "normal" skin — and we're not sure if anyone does — you can probably use just about any products you want without worrying about how they'll respond.
If you have persistently dry skin, however, this is clearly not the case. You may be aware that certain products do not agree with your skin. However, you may not be aware that a number of irritating components should be avoided.
Fragrance is a typical offender, and whether natural or manufactured, it can irritate your skin. If it's in the form of an essential oil, don't think it's OK. Other ingredients to avoid are alcohols, citrus, peppermint, and menthol – all of which may be OK on normal skin but will wreak havoc on dry skin.
7. Ignoring the use of face oils as a moisturizer
Anyone who has struggled with acne will be wary of using a face oil. A face oil, on the other hand, may be just what you need to soften and smooth your skin if you have consistently dry and flaky skin.
You can use an oil to offer extra hydration to your skin by layering it under your moisturizer or alternating it with it.
If you decide to try a facial oil, like these Allure picks, bear in mind that even the best oil on the market won't be able to replace an entire shelf of skin care products.
Although many non-fragrant plant oils are high in antioxidants and emollients, they can't replace retinol, niacinamide, ceramides, or hyaluronic acid. As a result, you should consider about oils as an addition to your skin care routine, not as a replacement.
8. Ignoring your dry skin in order to get rid of acne
It's a frequent misperception that having both dry skin and acne is impossible. But, as the unfortunate few can attest, it does happen. If you have dry skin with breakouts, you'll need to experiment to discover the ideal products and routine to address the dryness while also combating the outbreaks.
The worst thing you can do is ignore the dry skin in order to cure the acne, because the harsh products sold in every drugstore for acne-prone skin are guaranteed to aggravate dry skin.
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