The Guide to Your Dry Skin: How to keep it under control.

The Guide to Your Dry Skin: How to keep it under control.

Dry skin is more than just frustrating - it can be both painful and embarrassing as well. One of the drivers of the frustration is that there is no single cause you can peg a dry skin condition to, rather, it can manifest due to a variety of factors. However, with knowledge of the potential causes and triggers,  you can both treat and manage your dry skin with a proper skincare routine, the right products, and maybe a few changes to your routine.

People with dry skin always struggle to maintain skin hydration levels properly throughout the day. To prevent your skin from feeling dry, flaky, and uncomfortable by the end of the day, you need a routine that helps it hold onto moisture. 

The drier the air, the drier the skin. 

To maximize the amount of water in the air, we recommend placing a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time, which, in many cases, is the bedroom. A cool air humidifier increases the moisture level in the air, helping skin’s barrier stay hydrated. In addition, be sure the heat is kept on low or at a moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air. 

Prevents baths and showers from making your skin worse.

When taking a bath/shower make sure to use warm rather than hot water, and limit your time in there to 5 - 10 minutes. Wash with a gentle cleanser, only applying enough to remove dirt and oil, but avoiding excess such that you see a thick lather. Finally, at the conclusion of any bath or shower make sure to slather on moisturizer immediately!

Change Up Your Diet. 

With a direct connection between the gut and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Marchbein recommends eating a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados (but not to sub them for a proper skin-care routine). While that extra glass of full-bodied red wine may seem like a good idea, alcohol, caffeine, and coffee are diuretics that will cause dehydration. 

While most summertime products get swapped out come winter, serums are the one exception to that rule. “As long as it’s alcohol-free, an antioxidant serum is perfect for year-round usage,” says Marchbein. No matter the climate, skin “gets attacked by free radicals,” she explains, causing sun spots, the breakdown of collagen, and premature fine lines. 

To prevent the damage, apply a vitamin C formula as a first layer in the morning, before layering on heavier products. And don’t forget the sunscreen—a daily dose of SPF 30 will keep skin covered, even on cold, cloudy days. 

Switch to a Heavy Face Cream 

Perhaps one of the most important and commonly overlooked steps in the dry skin game is changing to a seriously hydrating moisturizer. Look for creams, rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Ceramides aid in the prevention of the skin’s barrier, which is easily broken down during the winter. If you have severely chapped faces, pack on a hefty amount of product, morning and night.