Dry skin can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include dry environment, frequently washing hands, inadequate hydration, swimming in a chlorinated pool, living in an area with dry climate, or jobs that are rough on the hands such as mechanics or farming.
What skin type do you have?
Many people are unsure what type of skin they have, and this leads to using the wrong products. Which of the below resonates? Don’t forget that you can have combination oily/dry skin, and that dry skin can be normal or also sensitive.
- Dry – can’t get enough cream? Flaky or rough skin?
- Oily – if your skin is often greasy-feeling or extra shiny, you likely have oily skin.
- Combination – a mix of areas that are dry and oily.
- Normal – no notable problems, and not sensitive to most products.
- Sensitive – likely reacts to common products, stinging or burning after use.
If the description of dry skin resonates with you, it’s important to keep a few tips in mind.
Choose Products & Ingredients Carefully
Before we get into active skin care tips, all products you use should be organic and fee of toxic ingredients, carefully chosen to avoid worsening dry skin or making it unhappy in general.
Dry skin can handle heavier oils, and indeed often should use them, but there are certain actives and additional ingredients to avoid.
Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin
- Alcohol (except for hand sanitizer)
- Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
- Fragrance, including deodorant soaps
- Harsh or too-strong cleansers
- Anything you’ve found to cause irritation
Fabulous heavier plant oils and strong emollients and humectants can add and help maintain moisture in your skin. In addition, some skin-safe acids are wonderful to alleviate dry skin.
Ingredients to Use if You Have Dry Skin
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Shea Butter
- Goat Milk
- Aloe Vera
- Hyaluronic Acid
Baths and showers
Tempting as it is to linger in a hot bath or shower, this is one of the worst habits for dry skin. Too-hot water dries skin out, leaving dry skin even drier. Try to keep showers only warm, rather than hot, and limit your time in them. Be sure to moisturize skin as soon as you get out, too.
Stay away from hot Jacuzzi!
Use a gentle cleanser
As you might have guessed, dry skin needs only a gentle cleanser. If your skin feels tight immediately after washing and drying your face, the cleanser is probably too drying for your skin type. We recommend using a cleanser meant for dry skin or a cream cleanser to help restore hydration as you remove oils and dirt.
Check out some of great cleansers:
Whether caused by genetics, temperature changes or chemical irritants, dry skin needs the right skincare products designed to increase the skin-s water-binding capacities and prevent the loss of moisture from the deepest skin layers. Contact your dermatologist if your dry skin conditions persist or appear to worsen, even with treatment.
Moisturizing is a must to keep all skin types looking plump and healthy, and this is particularly true for dry skin. Find a cream that absorbs well and leaves your skin feeling soft for as long as possible. If needed, use something closer to Vaseline for those extra dry spots that need more love. Additionally, consider carrying around a small, non-greasy hand cream to apply after every hand wash. Exposed to hot water, soil and weather extremes, the skin on your hands can easily become overburdened and damaged. Dry and cracked hands are prone to more serious conditions like eczema and dermatitis. So keep them well moisturized, and protect them with gloves in cold weather, when using cleaning products or gardening.
Here are some of our favorite organic moisturizers for dry skin:
- Peptide Collagen Repair Cream
- The Blue Dream Moisturizer
- Organic Luxurious Serum
- Silk Body Oil
- Caviar Luxury Lifting Serum
Be careful of hot dry heat
Hot dry heat, just like hot showers, tends to dry skin out. In the winter this becomes particularly noticeable as you spend more time in heated buildings without much moisture in the air. Try to avoid sitting too close to the fire, and consider using a humidifier where possible in dry seasons to give your skin a break.
Humidifier therapy adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause irritation in many parts of the body. Humidifiers can be particularly effective for treating dryness of the skin, nose, throat, and lips. They can also ease some of the symptoms caused by the flu or common cold.
Summary – How to Care for Dry Skin
Dry skin needs low heat and extra moisture, and with a few simple tweaks to your products and routine, you can help skin stay hydrated and happy. We’d love to know how you cater to dry skin and what products your customers are most into. Your skin should start to feel better quickly. If these changes do not bring relief, you may want to see a dermatologist.