Dr. G. Todorov, “Skin is a dynamic system whose condition and properties depend on temperature, hydration, environment and other factors. Therefore, the skin’s ability to absorb topically chemicals can vary greatly.”
Dry, patchy, scaly, itchy skin. At some point in our life, we all have this condition to some degree. Dry skin can happen anywhere on the body. Fortunately, if you suffer from dry facial skin, there are ways to combat it. If you currently have dry skin, you’ll be happy to learn that your skin care regimen needn’t be a complicated multi-step process. It actually could be as simple as a good moisturizer to make dry skin a thing of the past. And, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Healthy Daily Skin Care Regimen
Cleansing 2X’s Per Day.
It’s very important to apply products to clean moist skin so cleansing is very important. Assemble what you need beforehand and get your hair up off your face (use clips, a headband, hair pins, etc.). Then, wash your hands. To cleanse your face, use warm not hot water. Hot water increases skin aging. Remember when touching your facial skin, be delicate. Don’t pull, stretch the skin, or rub. Be careful to avoid cleansers with harsh detergents (such as glycerin, cetyl or stearyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate and its related chemicals), and soap (including scented, deodorant and antibacterial soaps). Soap is drying and too harsh for your face. A dermatologist may recommend that you use a wax-free and oil-free cleanser for very dry or sensitive skin. You want to achieve healthy supple skin. Don’t waste your cleanser. All you typically need is about the size of a US nickel. With dry skin, I would recommend just using your hands and fingers to wash your face. Even a wash cloth can be too irritating or harsh. Gently splash some cool water on your face when you have finished cleansing in order to close pores. When finished, pat your face with a towel if it is too moist to apply products. Do not wipe and dry your face. Leave it slightly moist. Warm moist skin is ideal when you are ready to apply products.
Getting the Best Results: Applying Moisturizer or Other Products
Everyone knows that product results can vary widely from user to user. This is often explained as variations in individual body chemistry, which may be the case. But, more often, it varies due to the way the user applies the product. Keep in mind that a topical skin care product, such as a skin cream, gel or lotion, is a mixture of chemicals. The products will include some active ingredients (either natural or synthetic substances responsible for biological action of the product), while the rest are inactive ingredients (this includes substances that help protect and deliver active ingredients). Depending on the product, your results will be determined by two main factors. 1) if the active ingredients actually work, and 2) whether you have applied the product in a way that makes sure they penetrate into your skin deeply enough and in sufficient amounts to do their job. Avoid scented products. Cleanse your skin; make sure the skin is warm and moist. Next, apply your moisturizer. Applying a moisturizer after cleansing seals in moisture and helps maintain a healthy skin barrier. Then, use short, firm strokes to apply skin care products. Experts suggest it is best to use the middle finger. It usually doesn’t take much product to work effectively. After you have applied it, gently tap the area with your fingers for about half a minute to help the skin receive it.
If you applied makeup, don’t forget to completely remove it prior to retiring. It is unhygienic to leave makeup on while sleeping and will almost definitely lead to skin issues. You’ll sleep a lot better, too! Speaking of sleeping well, don’t forget to change your pillow cases regularly. If you use the same pillow case night-after-night for too many nights in a row, it can lead to breakouts! This tip is from my Mother. She sure was smart!
To your success and empowerment,