The care you needed for dry skin?
Whether you have naturally dry skin or seasonally dry skin from the sun or cold weather, keeping it hydrated has never been easier with our amazing deeply nourishing products. Keeping skin clean and moisturized and so soft and supple, proper care for dry skin can also help slow down the signs of aging (yes, thank you!). Read our 101 guide to dry skin care, from choosing a facial for dry skin to the benefits of hyaluronic acid.
Here are some ways to combat dry skin that work with consistent practice:
- Use a moisturizer in the winter. Set it to about 60%, which should be enough to fill the top layer of skin.
- Limit yourself to one 5-10 minute bath or shower a day.
- If you wash more, you can remove much of the sebum from the skin layer and lose its moisture.
- Use lukewarm water rather than hot water, which can remove natural oils.
- Minimize the use of soaps; If necessary, choose moisturizing products such as Dove, Olay and Basis, or consider free cleansers such as Cetaphil, Oilatum-AD and Aquanil. Avoid deodorant soaps, scented soaps, and alcohol-based products that can strip natural oils.
- To avoid skin damage, keep away from bath sponges, scrub brushes and washcloths.
- If you don’t want to remove them completely, remember to use a light touch.
- For the same reason, pat or wipe (don’t rub) the skin while drying with a towel.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing hands.
- It helps to seal the spaces between the skin cells and moisture while the skin is still moist.
- To reduce the greasiness of petroleum jelly and heavy creams, rub a small amount into your hands and then massage into areas of skin until your hands or areas of skin no longer feel greasy.
- Never, never scratch. In most cases, a moisturizer can control the itching. You can also use a cold pack or compress to relieve itchy areas.
- Use unscented detergents and avoid fabric softeners.
Avoid using wool and other fabrics that irritate the skin.