Hey friends, it has been a long delay and to me it seemed like leaving a task unfinished. I started with sharing the ‘Know your Skin Type Knowledge’ and then wanted to write about skincare for each skin type but after writing about normal skin; some personal priorities and commitment took over and had this little break of almost 45 days 😉 Never mind (but actually yes, it was not really right either). OK so I am back on the blog again and let’s talk about skincare for the dry skin type now.
In my last blog I mentioned that skin type does not remain static; it will change based on several factors, including age, climate, hormonal shifts, stress, and, most significantly, how much sun damage you accumulate over the years. I also wrote about skincare for normal skin. In this blog, I am going to discuss dry skin.
DRY SKIN: If your skin is flaky, tight and dull, you have a dry skin. Dry skin does not retain moisture and is very fragile making it more susceptible to UV radiation and extreme weathers. The skin tone is uneven and pores are noticeable.
- For an extremely dry skin, moisturizing cleansers can be used without water; however, water is essential to healthy skin and should play a role in your daily skin care regime.
- Limit your showers to one 10-minute shower a day and keep the water temperature from getting too hot.
- Moisturizing is important. Ensure you use a mild moisturizer at regular intervals. Keep a moisturizing lotion in your toilet, near the bed, in your bag so you remember to dab a little morning, noon and night.
- Scrubbing is usually not recommended for dry skin. Instead, once a week use a mild soap which will gently exfoliate your skin without causing irritation.
Food for dry skin:
- Eat omega-3 foods. Essential fatty acids can help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Foods rich in omega-3 include cold-water fish (salmon, halibut, sardines), flax, walnuts, and safflower oil
- Raw vegetable salads with lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and bell peppers will remove the toxins from your skin. Cucumbers help tighten your skin.
- Vitamin A and C keep the skin healthy and glowing. Lime, oranges and grapefruits along with other citrus fruits should be consumed.
- Vitamin E rich green vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean meat should also be part of your diet. Vitamins C and E makes the skin moist and free from blemishes
- Antioxidants make your skin clear and healthy. Antioxidants are found in plenty in dark green, yellow and orange vegetables as well as in fruits. Apricots, sweet potatoes and spinach are rich in beta carotene.
- Green tea is a skin friendly beverage. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins and keeps your skin healthy and glowing.
Products for dry skin:
Oils are the key ingredients in lubricants that moisturize your skin, but not all lotions are created equal. If your skin is extremely dry, try a lotion that contains shea, olive or cocoa butter. These ingredients further protect skin from dryness by holding in moisture and forming a barrier between the skin and outside elements like the sun and wind. Ointment moisturizers, lotions with a thicker consistency, are recommended for problem areas like heels and elbows.
Natural creams and lotions are extremely beneficial for dry skin – they heal, deeply moisturize, and protect skin from aging.
Home remedies for dry skin:
- Mashed Avocado with honey applied as a mask & washed with water after 10 minutes helps a lot
- Cucumber is a cooling agent. Mash and apply it as above but wash it after 30 minutes.
- Yogurt mixed with a few drops of lime juice and one teaspoon of honey is such an excellent remedy. Repeated use of this will make your skin smooth & bring a glow.
- Some fruit face-packs for dry skin are papaya, banana, almond. Mash (or paste) any one of them, mix it with honey and apply on the face atleast 2-3 times a day.
For on the counter brand recommendation, I suggest Clinique Moisture Surge, Vichy Aqualia Thermal, Ponds Dry Skin Cream, Vaseline Total Moisture, Garnier Moisture Rescue for Dry Skin. Having said that, I always do not fail to mention that buy products only after trying it for a week to 10 days and one that suits your skin type.
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