Do you suffer from dry, flaky, itchy skin? Easing your skin isn’t just about what you put on it but it has to do with your clothes, weather around you and how you clean your skin. The following are a few things I’ve picked up that help me with my dry-dehydrated skin. I won’t go into a full skincare routine today, that is for a later post, but hopefully these tips will help you until then.
- Considering washing your body with a soapless cleanser.
- A cleanser with ceramides in it will help your skin hold in moisture. Ceramides are fatty molecules that make up the outer layer of your skin.
- Go easy with rough toners, peels, and other astringents made with alcohol, it can dry out your already dry skin even more. If you exfoliate go with a gentle exfoliant too rough of a scrub and you can damage your skin barrier causing your skin to prematurely age and get rough.
Warm Water, Yes. Hot Water, No
- Skincare experts recommend short 10-15 minute showers at a medium temperature to avoid stripping your skin of excess moisture. Too hot of water can damage and strip off naturally occurring oils in your skin.
- Always remember to moisturize after the shower. My personal favorite is Cerave in the tub.
Sunscreen & Cover Up
- There is nothing worse for your skin than sun damage. It is one of the main causes behind wrinkles, dry skin and roughness.
- You can prevent sun damage by always wearing sunscreen. I personally use Biore Watery Essence Sunscreen, it is SPF50 and PA+++.
- It isn’t just about sunscreen, make sure you dress appropriately as well. Wear a hat to the beach or hiking and cover up sensitive parts of your body. The last thing you want is skin cancer or other severe skin damage. Being tan might seem like the best thing now but it isn’t for the future and the long term care of your skin.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
- I have adapted a Korean Beauty skincare routine that has helped put the pep back in my skin. (I will detail my full morning and night routine in separate posts.
- Double Cleanse, using a foaming (Cerave) and gel cleanser (Corsx Low PH). One will clean your face of makeup (ladies and gents) and other dirt while the second cleanser will clean your face.
- Toner, I use a tea tree toner from LJH or a rice ceramide moisture toner from The Face Shop.
- If you’re in a rush you can simple apply your choice of moisturizer. I use an all in one Snail or Honey Ampoule from Scinic and a facial oil from Innisfree.
As always I hope these tips help. I am not an expert and am just speaking from my personal experiences with my dry skin. I will detail my full routine in another post this week with pictures and details on each product. I can truly say that they have all turned my skin around.