5 Dry Skincare Tips Everyone Should Know
We’ve all used skincare products that have been recommended by friends or family but just don’t seem to work for you. It’s no wonder why—skincare doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all formula and you need to make sure you have the right routine for you!
Tight skin, rough to the touch and flaking in all the wrong ways; we know the signs of dry skin all too well. It can be a frustrating part of life but there’s no reason you have to just sit back and deal with it! We’ve collated some of the best dry skincare tips that you should know, whether you have dry skin all year round, in the cooler months or just every now and again.
1. Avoid hot water
We get it! A hot shower can be such a nice way to wake up in the morning or wind down in the evening. Plus, nobody wants to be washing their face with cold water in those cool winter months. Sadly, washing in hot water can be really bad for your skin. While the heat may feel great at the time, the hot water actually inflames your skin, stripping it of its natural oils. By disturbing your natural moisture balance, the hot water is actually causing your skin to dry out, creating flaky patches and an itchy feeling.
Instead, keep your showers cool or lukewarm to still have that refreshed feeling without damaging your skin. As for washing your face, use cool water to keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Your skin will thank you for it later.
2. Find the right products for your skin
It sounds obvious, but hydrating products can often be overlooked! We’re often told by family or friends what skincare products they like without actually finding the right products for your skin type. Instead of just opting for the first thing you see or what someone has recommended to you, try finding products with hydrating formulas to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh.
For dry skin, the perfect products vary from person to person, but here’s what you want to look for:
- A hydrating cleanser (possibly even one that’s formulated for sensitive skin). Bonus points if it uses hyaluronic acid.
- An alcohol-free toner to restore your pH balance without drying out your skin further.
- A hydrating serum that targets a specific aspect of your skin (eg. wrinkles, under-eye bags, breakouts, etc.).
- A noncomedogenic facial moisturiser to keep your face hydrated without blocking your pores.
- An SPF30+ sunscreen.
3. Always, always, always wear sunscreen
Seriously, sunscreen is so important that we mentioned it twice. A good sunscreen is essential not only for dry skin, but for every skin type. With that being said, those of us with dry skin would find it extra beneficial as sunscreen can add some extra hydration to your and ensure that your skin doesn’t get damaged and become even drier.
4. Use petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly can be a controversial topic when talking about skincare, with the common misconception being that it clogs your pores. Well, petroleum jelly is noncomedogenic and absorbs deeply into your skin without clogging the pores, making it perfect for keeping your skin smooth and hydrated. While it won’t remove wrinkles, applying petroleum jelly to your skin or dry spots after your regular skincare routine will lock in the hydration and help refresh dry skin.
5. Look after your lips
When dealing with dry skin, your lips can often be overlooked and left suffering. Well, this is your sign to look after them! While it may seem tempting, avoid exfoliating them and instead keep a non-irritating lip balm or lip moisturiser close by and apply several times a day and before bed (even when you don’t think they look dry). If your lips are especially cracked and dry, apply a thick ointment (like petroleum jelly) before bed to keep you waking up with hydrated lips.
What are your top tips for looking after dry skin? Let us know in the comments below! xx