Knowing your skin type is the be-all and end-all of a good skin care regimen. If upon examination of your skin you find that your skin falls into the category of the dry skin type, and, if your desire is to give your skin the proper care and attention it deserves, then the question that would be uppermost in your mind would be what is the best treatment for dry skin.
Before we go into discussing what is the best treatment for this skin type, you may want to know a little more about the dry skin. For instance, you may be curious to know how did you get this skin type, what causes it, and so on and so forth. Well, here we go.
A Little About The Dry Skin Type
Whereas genetics plays a principal factor in your skin’s appearance, hormonal changes, dietary habits and the environment all influence your skin’s behaviour as well. Dry Skin therefore occurs when, due to the action or effect of one or more of these factors, the glands of the skin fails to produce enough moisture or oil for the skin.
Other factors such as cold temperature, age, overall health/medical condition, low humidity down to some foods we consume also have a profound effect on the condition and appearance of our skin.
What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Skin
Dry Skin is characterized by several symptoms. They consist of skin redness, roughness, dry patches, itchiness, etc. People who have dry skin experience tightness or tautness when they wash or cleanse their skin. Because the dry skin is dehydrated it sometimes looks flaky or scaly with invisible pores.
Treatment Of Dry Skin
Whereas it is not possible to change the genetic traits of an individual’s skin, the nature and quality of care given to the skin would go a long way in alleviating the symptoms as they appear on the skin. To this end treatment may take several forms
This takes the form of things which you have to do as a matter of routine to care for your skin to ensure its wellness. They are as follows;
Cleansing : The skin care regimen for dry skin must, as a matter of importance include cleansing. The appropriate cleanser here is a gentle one that would not dry out the skin. People with this skin type are generally advised to avoid products containing benzyl peroxide as this ingredient would further diminish the amount of oil the glands produce.
Rather, they should use products containing replenishing moisturizing ingredients, like green tea extracts, to ensure the skin remains moisturized and supple even after cleansing.
Harsh cleansers that strip away the skin’s lipid should be replaced with mild cleansing milk.
Toning : Toning lotions are water-based products to which are added a range of active ingredients, such as precious botanical extracts, each with its own beneficial properties.
Because dry skin does not produce oil like oily skin, it is devoid of moisture, which could make it look lackluster and dehydrated. Toners are important as they help in binding moisture to the skin. Choose a gentle toning lotion containing natural botanical cleansing agents such as chamomile and tea, rather than one with harsh chemicals. More dirt that had been missed with the cleanser will be removed with the cotton swab and toner.
For optimum results, toning should be done twice a day; morning and evening.
Moisturizing: This is also a must for the dry skin. When shopping for a moisturizer, it is better you look for a cream. Creams are preferable to lotions. The reason for this is that creams contain more oil which makes it thicker and more moisturizing. The more oil that a moisturizer contains the better it can absorb throughout the barrier of the epidermis to help hydrate the tissue. In addition, those who suffer from slight allergic reactions would benefit more from creams rather than lotions.
Most importantly, moisturizers for this skin type must of necessity contain a quantity of SPF = Sun Protection Factor. Many moisturizers have SPF built into them but when a cream does not, SPF, which are commonly found at drug stores, can be applied on the skin after moisturizing especially on areas exposed to sun. SPF protects the skin from sun damage which can lead to dry skin. SPF should be applied in the morning irrespective of whether it is sunny or not
Moisturizing day cream which contains Urea and Lactic Acid should be avoided. They have the same effect on the skin. Moisturizing should be done both morning and evening. For best results, it should be applied after bath when the skin is still damp to lock in moisture.
Exfoliation : This is not too necessary for this skin type. Rather, gently massage the skin with a soft wash cloth with warm water to remove dirt. However, because of the importance of this treatment, it may be done but only once in a week, and with gentle exfoliating creams.
Aside adhering to the skin care routine and treatment suitable for your dry skin as I have enumerated above, there is the need to feed the skin with certain ingredients which are necessary for it to help to heal and repair itself. When you eat the right foods, it can heal your dry skin. They are foods that when taken would help to moisturize your skin from the inside out.
Examples of such foods are those containing ingredients like Omega-3 fatty acid, Silica-Rich foods and foods that are rich in Anti-Oxidants. These ingredients can be found in foods like Avocado, Banana, Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Coconut oil, Fatty Fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, mackerel, sardine and so on. These foods will help hydrate and moisturize your skin and make it glowing and flawless in no time.
Avoid foods that have high salt contents and preservatives because they make your skin puffy and dry.
Also, avoid smoking and alcoholic drinks
Drink water regularly, or in the recommended dose as this ensures not only that your body is moisturized but is healthy as well. In addition, water cleanses your body of toxins and hydrates your skin, and a hydrated skin always looks much younger.
Effects Of Environment On The Skin
Environmental pollution, and indeed different kinds of environmental factors can have their own effects on the skin. For example, exposure to building materials such as insulation, formaldehyde and aerosols are known to cause dry skin.
Cold temperatures and dry climates are also causes of dry skin. To prevent skin from drying out in those environments, it would help to humidify the indoor environment especially during the drier, winter months. Sometimes decreasing the frequency of bathing would be helpful just as avoiding exposure to strong chemicals as those in building materials would in improving dry skin.
So if you really want your skin looking beautiful and flawless, make a commitment right now to treating it the right way. Follow the above guides constantly and consistently. In addition, give it some time and I assure you that before long you will begin to see results
Hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions or need assistance, leave your questions or comments below and I will happily get back to you.