Dry Skin Care
With too many roles for women to juggle in today’s fast paced, high pressured lifestyle, there is very little time for her to pamper herself.
With tension, worries, anxiety and age, the skin becomes less active leaving it drier, fragile, prone to wrinkle, lines near the eyes and mouth and losing the youthful color and glow.
Failure of oil glands to release enough oils to moisturize and protect the skin results in dry skin. Environmental causes like dry air, harsh wind, hormonal imbalance, usage of aggressive chemicals, cosmetics or excessive bathing with harsh soaps zaps the moisture from the skin making it dryer, flakier and chapped during winter.
Caring for Dry Skin
- Cleanse and Moisturize: Dry skin should be cleansed with a cold cream and alcohol-free skin fresheners. After cleansing, the skin needs a lubricating emollient or a moisturizer when the face is damp after the wash.
Cream Cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of “milk” or “lotion.” Ideal for: Dry and sensitive skin
Micellar Cleansers feature “micelles”—or tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water—that attract oil, dirt and makeup. Another great thing about them: You don’t need to rinse them off with water. Ideal for: Dry and sensitive skin
- Splash your face with cold water or gently wipe the skin with rose water to tone the skin.
- Avoid using highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing sodas and powders.
- Avoid the sun, harsh winds and hot baths. Use oil-based creams and make-up products only. Use soft towels or wash cloth to avoid irritation to the skin while wiping it.
- Smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients it needs for good health making the skin dry and leathery.
- Chapped or cracked skin - increase consumption of water. Keep chapped areas well lubricated and protected from the elements using a good nourishing cream or moisturizer.
- Use creamy, mild, pH-balanced products such as moisture based cream gels, lotions, etc for dry skin care.
A well balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and nuts provides the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin. Drinking water and reducing solar exposure to a minimum is also beneficial. Garlic, onions, eggs and asparagus help to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Carrots, apricots, rich in vitamins A, C keep the skin supple. Increase intake of foods like leafy raw green veggies, dairy products like yogurt, milk. Lessen fried foods, soft drinks, sugar, chocolates, junk foods, alcohol, caffeine and other foods that have diuretic effects causing the body and skin to lose fluids, vitamins and essential minerals.
CREDIT BYLINE: Jenna Williams, Skincare Coach for Makeup My Way. All Rights Reserved
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