“Don’t go a full day or night without washing your face. You have to get all the dirt and makeup out of your pores,” singer, Mary J. Blige, once advised about skin care. A cleanse, as you know, is never enough. The basic skin care routine reads: “Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize.” — Your top 3 musts to claim your beautiful skin like you’ve never seen it happen before.
How To Make Your Skin The Watering Hole For Moisture
Every skin type has its own set of issues, yours just happened to be chronic dryness — one of the top three reasons for skin aging, the other two being UV and free radical damage. You’ve probably experimented with either a personally recommended or, a professionally prescribed skincare regimen before, like a L’amour skin care, and you’re reading this blog now because none have worked so far.
You know your skin better than anybody does so when you gather your resolve to try resolving your dry skin problems your way, make this list of top 5 tips to pick up the right moisturizer for your dry skin guide you in your journey to a dewier, softer, silkier complexion:
1. Make an assessment of your other skin issues
Is your dry skin caused by a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis? Or, is your dry skin a result of aging and maturing skin? Do you have other skin issues, like perhaps, allergies or acne, that must be considered when choosing topical products to heal your dry skin?
It’s a must that you get this assessment right because you must get to the root of your chronic skin dryness issues to resolve it right.
2. Do an online research
Most people stick to the products that they’ve been using for decades. Some even continue to rely on products handed down to them by their moms and aunts. One of the main reasons is that people are scared of change plus, seeing rows after rows of products that practically promise to deliver the same things can be overwhelming.
Narrow down your choices by googling up the best moisturizers for dry skin. Keep in mind that many of the lists you will find are brand sponsored anyway so, you’re better off checking product websites, online stores, and user testimonials to make informed choices.
3. Do a more thorough research on the ingredients
If you can’t find the full ingredients list of any product or, miss the company information, those are reasons enough to cross out these products from your list. Missing those two very important information is a sign of irresponsibility and dishonesty.
In general, here are the ingredients you should be looking for to complement your dry skin care regimen.
- Oil-based emollients, moisture attracting humectants, and other skin conditioners. These ingredients moisturize your skin in two ways. First, by leaving your skin surface comfortably hydrated. Second, by bringing the moisture deep into your skin. Choose easily absorbent oils, including sunflower, marula and raspberry oils, that leave a thin film on the surface but not make it sticky nor greasy.
- These protect your skin from UV and free radical damage which your dry skin is prone to. Vitamin C will be a powerful antioxidant to have in your moisturizer.
- Dry skin is a result of lack of synergy between skin shedding and regeneration, and is generally characterized to have a weak skin barrier that allows moisture to evaporate into thin air. Ceramides strengthen your skin. Look for ingredients like Vitamin E and aloe vera.
4. Say ‘No’ to harsh ingredients
Cross out any product that contains toxic ingredients, fragrances, artificial dyes, and drying alcohols. All of which can potentially irritate any skin type but, since you have dry skin, which means you have broken skin, more of these ingredients penetrate your skin and run a higher risk for irritation.
5. Have two moisturizers at any given time
Get one for daytime which should contain broad spectrum UV protection with SPF 30. Your evening moisturizer has to have more regenerating components and heavier emollients in it. In both cases, antioxidants and skin rebuilding ingredients are a must-have.
Time to test and try. At the end of the day, how your skin responds to the product is what matters the most. Be careful when testing products. Always perform a patch test. Be patient and keep in mind that it may take several weeks before you see any improvements so, wait until then before you try something else.
Kelly Everson is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a fashion and beauty writer who has written numerous articles. She likes to get insights on various trends being followed in the fashion industry. She has been sharing her knowledge by being a contributor to various beauty, fashion and makeup related informative sites. She is also a regular contributor to The Beauty Insiders.