What are some beauty tips for dry skin?


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Answered on February 27, 2019.
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Finding the right skin care routine for dry skin can be challenging. Trying to find the right moisturizer that will actually do its job keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated throughout the day or finding a cleanser that won’t be too drying and irritating to the skin. With so many products out there, finding the one that works can be daunting. The key is to keep your skin care routine as minimal and simple as possible to let your skin breathe, heal, and not *** the necessary oils it produces to moisturize itself.

Working with my clients, I have figured out a few things that help dry skin types stay balanced and healthy. Over time they feel less like a rough, cracked desert.

What is Dry Skin

Before we can talk about how to treat dry skin, we need to define some characteristics. Dry skin has small pores and oil production is minimal. Dry skin does not produce enough oil to moisturize itself. We need oil secretion to help protect us from environmental damage, so dry skin needs some extra love since it lacks this protection. The lack of this protection also causes dry skin to be more sensitive. Skin texture of dry skin can be slightly rough and feel tight. It’s important to use products that will help hold in moisture and protect the skin’s top layer of skin, which helps combat dryness.

Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin

I have found working with my clients that most people don’t know the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Here it is. Are you ready? Dry skin lacks oil. Dehydrated skin lacks water. That is it. It is important to know the difference because oily skin can be dehydrated and need to be hydrated.

Caring For Dry Skin

It is best to use an occlusive product on dry skin. Occlusive is a product that reduces transepidermal water loss or TEWL (is the loss of water from inside the body through the epidermis by evaporation) to help hold in moisture and protect the skin’s top barrier layer. This is totes important for dry skin since it needs as much moisture as it can get. Some good occlusive products are rosehip, avocado, *** seed and Shea butter. I prefer oil-based moisturizers because my philosophy is we should copy nature. If our skin naturally produces oil to moisturize itself than that is what we should give it. Since dry skin is lacking oil it makes sense to give it some yummy oil. Because of TEWL, it is important to also hydrate dry skin before applying oil. My absolute favorite is rose water. Spritz on the rose water and then apply your oil moisturizer. Just because you use oils on your skin doesn’t mean you will feel greasy and gross. Massage a little oil onto your face, let it sit 5 minutes. If it feels a bit slick you applied too much. Your skin absorbed what it needed and the rest is just sitting on top of the service serving no purpose besides driving your crazy. Just wipe this excess off.

Suggested Daily Routine for Dry Skin

  • Rinse with water in morning. Do not use a cleanser, please. No matter what you are told. Cleansing is stripping and can dry skin even more than it already is. Unless you sleep in a mud pit, you aren’t getting dirty when you sleep. If you cleansed the night before there is no reason to wake up and cleanse again. It’s just overkill and actually causing more inbalance. Dry skin can’t afford to lose the necessary oil your skin produced during the night.
  • Apply your rose water. Rose water is hydrating for dry skin, full of antioxidants, and is soothing and calming, which can be great if you are a bit sensitive.
  • Moisturize. Use those oils. Make sure they are nice and absorbed into the skin. You may play around with different oils to see which one your skin likes best. You may even find that you prefer one oil in winter and another in summer. Some of my clients prefer nut and seed butters in the winter and oils in the summer.
  • At night, use a cream cleanser. Also, try cleansing with oil.
  • Apply any self-care into your routine to help create balance in your skin, body, and mind.

Suggested Monthly Routines for Oily Skin

  • Once or twice a week use an exfoliating scrub to help slough off dry skin. Gentle is key here. I personally add some white sugar with water. It is gentle but effective. The good thing about sugar is that is dissolves as you use it. Oat flour, almond meal, rice powder are some good alternatives.
  • Apply an acud mask monthly to help hydrate the skin, renew and refresh stressed dry skin.

Dry Skin Isn’t a Bad Thing

Dry skin can be a challenge to find the right balance and not feeling super tight and uncomfortable. I witness my clients doing too much for their skin and drying up the precious oil their skin produces, so just be mindful of overdoing your skin care routine and causing more damage than good. Don’t be afraid of oils and try many to find what your skin loves the best. Enjoy your dry skin with its little amount of blackhead and blemishes. Wear that beautiful skin with pride!

For more info read Awakened Skin blog about natural and minimal skin care.

Answered on January 14, 2019.
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