There’s a question on my client card which asks all my clients if they have any concerns about their skin. And as sure as eggs are eggs, 9 out of 10 of my ladies will always say that they have issues with their “dry skin”.
With so many of us, (including me too), having issues with dryness, I have 7 ways that can help relieve dry skin on your face and make your skin look and feel more dewy, plump and with no itchy feeling.
Exfoliating regularly would have to be the most important thing to do in my opinion. Skin cells renew between 7 to 28 days depending on your age group.
Those with more mature skin can take up to a month to renew, so those older cells stay stuck to the outer layer of the skin’s surface. This is when they need to be gently nudged off, and on a more regular basis.
When you exfoliate regularly you reveal a much dewier, smoother complexion and this allows all your skin care products to penetrate more deeply.
When you don’t exfoliate, your old skin cells will create a layer that becomes like cling-wrap over your face and that will hinder moisture from sinking in.
The Right Way:
Do it at least twice a week. In the shower or over the basin is fine. Choose a non-soapy exfoliant that won’t’ dry out your skin any further. Or even use a AHA peel mask to exfoliate if you prefer.
Peel style exfoliating masks are great for those with delicate skin, as a mask can be applied over your face without the “scrub” type application. It’s a great way to exfoliate if you are not of fan of granular or grainy type of exfoliants.
The Wrong Way:
Avoid exfoliating excessively. Remember a little regular exfoliating is good- takes off the old cells that are stuck hard to the skins surface. But the next day, when you have all that beautiful dewy new skin, to exfoliate again will be working hard on that new skin and actually start to damage your new complexion. This will make it tender and may even start to dry out your skin and create dry spots and peeling.
2 To tone or not to tone, that is the question!!
This would have to be the most forgotten step in a lot of women’s skin care regime.
I remember being at beauty school saying how I wasn’t a fan of toners. I often avoided using them as I thought they were mainly for oily or congested skin.
But on further investigation and learning how toners actually work (and using them properly), I’m a convert now and love them!
I actually felt the difference in my skin straight away. It felt dewy and I wouldn’t get that tight feeling halfway through the day.
So how to do it the right way?
After cleansing, the pores in your skin are open, empty and need re-filling with moisture. Spray or pat on your toner after cleansing and then pop on a nourishing moisturiser. This causes a barrier to keep all the moisture locked in.
If you can imagine that your skin is a bit like a vase of flowers. You empty out the water from a vase, clean it and then pop the flowers back in without refilling the water and hope they will still survive.
Always look for an alcohol free toner and soap free cleanser. Much kinder on your skin.
3 Moisturise-but not too much.
You are probably thinking that moisturising is the most important step in the care of dry skin. And it definitely is! I love how you get that skin quenching feeling when you pop on the moisturiser and your skin says ”Ahhh”.
But piling on loads of cream isn’t always the answer, and not all moisturisers are great for dry skin. Dry skins do benefit from creams that contain both a combination of water and oil. Ingredients such as Aloe Vera and sesame oil would be an example of that combination. Another wonder ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid and known for it’s ability to retain moisture.
4 Drink lots of water
H20-water, is free and when you have a good dose of it will also aid in relieving the dryness and plump in your skin.
It will help eliminate all those bad toxins and keep your skin looking nice and clear. So simple!
There’s nothing more relaxing than having a nice hot shower on a cold night. Or sitting by a lovely warm fire or toasty air conditioning. But excessive heating will often be one of the biggest moisture sapping things for your skin.
It’s something that we can’t avoid as freezing isn’t an option.but minimising excessive heat does help. The air in overly warm rooms and offices has no humidity and will take moisture our from your skin right out. Drinking water will help replenish skin’s water content.
6 Alcohol and Caffeine
I won’t talk too much about these two drinks as it’s a personal choice whether you want to consume them or not. I know I love to start the day with a coffee and feel better for it.
These two beverages when consumed excessively will not only dehydrate your skin, but also your body. Probably not what we want to hear! A little is OK, a lot is not! I’ll leave that one up to you.
7 Alpha Hydroxy Acids
So many skin care products such as serums, moisturisers, toners, masks and body lotions contain AHA- which stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid. This super ingredient has the ability to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells by un-sticking them from outer layer of the skin. This allows all the good nourishing ingredients to be absorbed.
The percentage of AHA’s in these take home products are usually lower than a peel you would have in a salon, but it’s always good to check or ask the strength if you’re not sure.
Be aware that AHA products can make you more sensitive to the sun, so it’s super important that you also use a good sunscreen.
If you do become red and irritated it’s possible that you may be sensitive to Aha’s or the percentage of the ingredient is too high for your skin. Even though the benefits of using AHAs are often very of benefit to dry skin, it’s always good to be cautious. Your skin is the biggest organ of the body and we all have to take very good care of it.
I hope that’s given you a few ways to help you deal with your dry skin and if you have any comments or questions feel free to pop them in the comments or you can email me on the contact form at the bottom of the Home page if you prefer.
This is only a very few of the solutions that I’ve come up with for you, as there’s so many other factors that could play apart in the dryness of your skin. Everyone is so different and have varied lifestyles and other factors.such as medication, diet, health, lifestyle and even the location were you live will play a part. The list is endless. And if you are concerned or unsure-you can always ask your GP .