6-Step Routine to End Dry Skin in Winter

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You say your face feels tight, especially after coming in contact with water? Does it look and feel rough, or have a tendency to flake or peel? Then your skin is definitely in the “dry” category. There are numerous factors that cause dryness, to include your genes, hormones, a change in seasons, using too aggressive of a skincare product, the environment you live in, some medications, or even a combination of the above. When left untreated, deep cracks, fine lines, itching (pruritus), and severe redness can develop. But by making a few tweaks to your beauty routine, you can maintain a glowing, hydrated complexion year-round.

Basic Tips For Combating Dryness

● Avoid taking long, hot showers or baths ● Don’t use overly-aggressive products (think peels or other alcohol-heavy and/or chemical-based products) and consider a adopting a gentle, natural skin care routine ● Always moisturize immediately after cleansing or swimming ● Avoid makeup that dries matte (creamy formulas should be your go-to) and use powder sparingly ● Add moisture-promoting foods such as avocados, salmon, coconut oil, and homemade probiotics into your diet ● Aim to drink two liters of water daily ● Realize that alcohol and coffee affect hydration levels

Adopt A Results-Driven Skin Care Routine

Cleanse: Choose a cleanser that dissolves makeup and dirt without stripping your face of vital oils like an ultra-foamy formula, for example. Look for formulas with hydrating ingredients like olive and camilla oils, milk, and shea butter. When it comes to getting a gentle but thorough cleanse, oil-based cleansers are extremely effective because they dissolve impurities and makeup while leaving behind a protective layer after being rinsed or wiped off. Mud-foams and gel-foams are great alternatives if you can’t get behind something that doesn’t lather. Tone: If you have dry skin, you may be apt to skip a toner due its notorious reputation for stripping the skin — but hold up for a second. The toners of today are not the alcohol-infused, astringent formulas that you’re used to. There are many options — especially in the popular Korean beauty arena — that provide a base layer of hydration, soothe irritation and redness, and balance the skin’s pH. Look for plumping and hydrating ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. A great natural skin care option is pure rosewater. Quick tip: In lieu of a cotton pad, apply a toner with your hands — your body heat will help with product absorption. You can also make your own sheet mask by saturating cotton rounds with toner and applying on face for a period of 10-15 minutes. Exfoliate: Exfoliators should be used sparingly — especially the harsh grainy variety. However, to dissolve dead skin cells and banish flakiness, opt for a gentle chemical exfoliator made with lactic acid — it’s a larger molecule compared to other alpha hydroxy acids, so it won’t penetrate the skin as aggressively. Mask Regularly: Avoid clay-based masks designed to deep clean pores. Instead, opt for a cream or gel-based formula packed with nourishing ingredients like aloe, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter. There are several sleeping masks on the market that work their magic while you’re getting some shuteye. Sheet masks are the perfect option if you’re notorious for saying you don’t have time to mask because you can multitask while giving your skin a spa-like moisture boost. Boost With A Serum: A serum is a crucial step to any skin care routine because the concentrated formula is comprised of smaller molecules than other products so a high level of active ingredients can penetrate deeply into the skin to target the problem at hand. Look for serums with hyaluronic acid — ideally, the first ingredient on the list — as well as aloe vera and avocado to promote cell turnover and soothe inflamed skin. Always Moisturize: There’s a lot more that goes into moisturizing your skin than slapping on a random cream. To get the most out of this oh-so crucial step, you’ve got to make sure you’re using a formula with ultra-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides that help your skin retain moisture longer — and possibly improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier over time.

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