How to deal with very dry skin
I would classify my skin as the ‘needs work’ kind. Having struggled with bad acne from a young age, I went on medication to put a stop to that.
BAM, dryness kicked in. Unfortunately, as dryness was the most common side effect, this couldn’t be helped.
Over the years I have tried almost everything to combat incredibly dry skin and here’s what worked (and what didn’t) for me.
Products you’ll need
Moisturiser: You will not only need a daily facial and body moisturiser, but you’ll also need ones that are classified as ‘deeply nourishing’. I found the best thing to do was moisturise my whole body after a shower to replenish the moisture that had been lost, and to use a gentle moisturiser – particularly on my face.
Lip Care: When it comes to lips, your lips will most likely be the driest part of your skin. This means you need to go all out and find the most hydrating one of all and in my experience, this means Carmex. I made an effort to remember to remember to apply a heavy serving just before bed – that way I didn’t wake up in the morning to find that my lips resemble the Sahara Desert!
Hand Cream: Keeping your hands hydrated is hard in winter as the skin on your hands is a lot thinner than other parts of your body, and because you use your hands to do almost everything, they often get dry without you even noticing. It’s really important to regularly apply hand cream in order to rejuvenate your skin.
Eye Cream: You will find that the area around your eyes gets dry really quickly and regularly applying a hydrating eye cream will help alleviate the issue and leave skin feeling soft and moisturised.
What you need to look out for
Products that are classified as gentle:
When your skin is very dry, it can be extremely sensitive and products containing a variety of chemicals can damage your skin even more. Look for products classified as gentle or unscented as these will treat your skin much better whilst still doing the job it’s meant to.
Products that are deeply hydrating or moisturising:
It’s not enough to just use regular moisturiser on very dry skin; you need to look for products that say ‘intensive’ or ‘deeply moisturising’. Whilst some can get away with using regular products, those with dry skin need to look for extra nourishment to satisfy their skin.
- Moisturise your hands with a nourishing hand cream every time you wash your hands.
- It also helps to wear gloves in winter in order to protect them from the wind and cold.
- If you’re going to wear lipstick, first apply lip balm and wait for it to completely absorb before applying your lipstick
- Always remember to apply a large amount of heavy-duty lip balm before going to bed.
- If applying make-up, make sure you moisturise first and let it completely sink in before applying anything else.
- Avoid having really hot showers – the hot water removes the layer of natural oil, stripping your skin of moisture. Try not to stay in the shower for more than about 10 minutes, too!
- Never rub your skin dry after a shower or a cleanse – pat it dry instead as this isn’t abrasive and leaves some moisture in your skin.
- Cold, dry air is the main cause of dry skin in winter. Try using a humidifier to replenish the moisture that has been removed by your heater.
- Remember to apply sunscreen before leaving the house, as sun damage is one of the main causes of dry skin – even in winter!
- It’s really important to cleanse your face well at the end of the day to get rid of all the products you’ve used but don’t forget to apply your night moisturiser just before you get into bed!
Do you have dry skin? How do you deal with it?