With the weather growing colder, many people are finding their skin feeling more dry, flaky and itchy. Dealing with dry skin can be tricky. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right regimen that can actually make a difference. First, let’s talk about what can cause dry skin in the first place.
Finding the Problem
Here are the most common causes of dry skin:
- seasonal changes causing your skin to dry out
- not moisturizing with the right lotion
- hormone changes
- a health issue such as psoriasis, or dermatitis
- you are using a product that is too harsh
Once you can identify the culprit, you’re one step closer to finding the right solution.
Make sure you’re using a very gentle cleanser. I recommend Aveda All Sensitive Cleanser because it’s very lightweight, and fragrance free. Fragrance can sometimes cause more irritation. You want to use a milky or creamy cleanser. Foams and gels can over-dry.
During the cold months, run a humidifier when you’re home. Cold weather soaks all of the moisture out of the air, which then causes your skin to feel dry and itchy.
Take warm showers instead of hot ones. Your skin has a natural oil barrier, and when you take hot showers it’s stripping the skin of that oil. We need that barrier to trap moisture in our skin.
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Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Do I need to say it again? Moisturize. I recommend a lightweight moisturizer for the daytime, and a heavier cream at night. Being consistent can help with replenishing your skin’s barrier.
Don’t over-exfoliate. Many people think that exfoliating a lot can help smooth out those rough patches, but I actually think that it’s only necessary once or twice a week. Exfoliating too often strips those oils from your skin, irritates it further, and can actually cause it to feel worse. When choosing an exfoliant, stick to one that’s very gentle and doesn’t contain nutshells. Nutshells can cause little scratches on the surface of your skin and make it feel rough and look red.
Avoid products that contain retinoids. Yes, they help with signs of aging, but they cause your skin to thin out and become sensitive and flaky.
Best Lotion and Cream of 2016
If you’re looking for something to help you decide which products to use, Reviews.com did a study on finding the best face moisturizers. They ultimately decided that the top daytime lotion of the year is Dermalogica UltraCalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30, and they decided the best cream to use at night is Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.
My final piece of advice is to be consistent with your regimen to see the best results for smooth, healthy skin.
In the Tulsa Area?
Come visit me at Ihloff Salon and Day Spa for your skin consultation. Request Ashley Erdogan when booking your appointment.