Your skin is flaky, and no matter how many products you apply, it continues to look dull. Don’t worry! Estheticians tell us how we can reset it and make it glow again!
Treating dry skin is not an easy task, and you might not need to exfoliate every day or apply tons of heavy moisturizers to make it glow again –though that is what we all want to do, right? It is important to consider several aspects before deciding on any treatment at all.
1. Are you drinking enough water?
It is easy to mistake dry skin for dehydrated skin. While dry skin is a type of skin –like oily or combination–, dehydrated is the condition. If you suffer from dehydrated skin, it might be due to caffeine or alcohol consumption or simply because you are not drinking enough water. To determine which is your case, check if you are prone to pimples or enlarged pores –dry skin does not produce oil, so if your pores are small and you don’t usually blemish, then you have dry skin.
2. Avoid over-exfoliation
While you might think using your facial cleansing brush twice a day, scrub or overusing acid and retinol is a good idea to reset your skin, maybe you are just weakening your skin barrier. The skin reacts to over-exfoliation triggering an inflammatory response. You shouldn’t, however, stop exfoliating all together, because the buildup of dead skin cells might prevent your moisturizers from penetrating and hydrating your skin. But don’t exfoliate more than once or twice a week and if you have super dry skin, consult a dermatologist for the right treatment.
3. Don’t let your toner dry
After cleansing and washing your face, apply an alcohol-free toner and no more than 30 seconds after, moisturize. If your skin stays bare for more than one minute, it starts to dehydrate.
4. Don’t underestimate the power of a night cream
Some people completely overlook applying night creams –don’t. Night creams work better because during the night the skin is in repair mode and allows active ingredients to absorb deep in the skin.
5. Go for an oily serum
For a healthy skin barrier, you need ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol. Go for purified oil serums so you will avoid clogging your pores.
6. Use sunscreen
Even if you are inside all day, you need protection against UV light coming from your windows. This is key to prevent signs of premature wrinkles and it will accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
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