Dry skin isn't just something that happens to us as we age. It can be caused by overexposure to the elements, harsh soaps and even spending too much time in a hot shower. Aside from being itchy and uncomfortable, dry skin also makes us look older by accentuating fine lines and wrinkles.
Our skin is covered with a natural layer of fatty lipids that offer protection and seal in moisture. When this layer is disturbed, skin loses nutrients and is more vulnerable to damage from environmental stressors. For skin that looks smooth, vibrant and resilient, make sure you are using products that are naturally nourishing and hydrating. Also, drinking plenty of water will replenish your body's moisture levels to keep skin healthy from the inside out.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Skin
Should I wear sunscreen even if I have dry skin?
Yes, you should always wear sunscreen. However, some sunscreens that are not made specifically for the face can dry out skin. Be sure to use products that contain moisturizing ingredients, and only use sunscreen on your face that is specifically formulated for it.
How can I keep my skin soft and smooth?
Definitely avoid long, hot showers and using hot water on your face, which can strip skin of natural oils. Harsh, perfumed soaps and cleansers that are not formulated for dry skin can also exacerbate the issue. Also, be sure to use your moisturizer correctly. Always apply it immediately after cleansing while skin is still damp enough to lock in moisture.
Should I vary my routine for the summer and winter months?
Skin will often become more depleted in cold winter months. If you notice that your skin texture is changing, it is probably a good idea to use a richer moisturizer or hydrating overnight treatment during the winter.
How about Eczema?
Eczema is a fairly common ailment that is characterized by dry, flaky, inflamed skin. It can be caused by skin allergies, stress, and even diet. If you notice a flare-up, treat your skin gently. Use products that contain few ingredients and no harsh or heavily fragranced soaps. Also, try taking vitamins A and E, which will help skin heal and relieve itchiness and dryness.
I have dry skin around my eyes. What do you recommend?
Skin around the eyes is extremely delicate. Make sure you remove eye makeup every night and apply a deeply hydrating eye serum and eye cream. To protect your eyes from daytime damage, be sure to wear sunglasses, layer eye cream under your makeup and always drink plenty of water.
Hydrate. Be sure to always hydrate skin with a moisturizer that contains essential vitamins, which help protect against harsh, moisture-depleting elements. Face Oasis™ Ultra Hydrator contains antioxidant multivitamins and hydrating marine botanicals keep skin nourished, healthy and resilient against damaging elements throughout the day.