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Conventional soaps usually contain harsh detergents, and they can dry out the natural moisturizing oils in the skin which then may also cause irritation and inflammation.
Fortunately, there are available soap-free cleansers. They can work with the same way as soap, but they are relatively safer for your skin since they contain milder ingredients that are less likely to deplete skin oils.
In addition to the recommendation of skipping harsh detergents in soap, look for a face cleanser that is also free of chemicals, alcohol, antibacterial, or even fragrance. Your skin may be also too sensitive to glycolic acid or other exfoliants – this can vary from person to person, ask your doctor for more advice!
Whatever your choice, your skin should become smooth and feel soft after cleansing. If you feel the opposite result such as tight, dry, or even irritated – your choice may not meet to what your skin needs, try a different one!
There are lots of products for face cleanser. In general, one with added moisturizer is also recommended for dry skin.
Dry skin on the face can be bothersome, particularly when it comes with acne! To cope with the problem, you may spend lots of money to buy expensive scrubbers or other products to find solution as soon as possible.
But the good news, actually you don’t need the use of scrubbers! Instead, rubbing & scrubbing may worsen the problem or even may irritate your skin face!
Moreover, it’s much recommended to use both of your hands to gently wash your face. Never use a sponge since it can cause a friction with the skin which then may cause irritation.
Wash both of your hands first before you use them to wash and clean your face. Then gently dampen your face with your hands.
The mild cleanser is less likely to dry out the skin, and it is also less likely to lather as much as strong cleanser. Your concern should not about having a good lather for squeaky clean, instead your goal is to make your skin moist, smooth and supple!
Furthermore, use your cleanser wisely because more is not always better when your concern is to cope with dry skin. Squeeze about a quarter-size of your cleanser, and then apply it gently & evenly with your fingertips to your face.
Use circular motions and never scrub your face (even with your fingertips). Be particularly gentle around eyes!
After cleansing, don’t disturb your effort by rubbing your face in order to make your face dry quickly! Rubbing may cause irritation because it can cause abrasion to the skin. Instead, allow your face to dry naturally or use a clean towel to gently pat your face (but don’t dry your face all the way in order to leave some moisture).
Baths and showers can add moisture to your skin. However, you need to do it as short as possible – limit it not more than 5-10 minutes! Long showers can be counterproductive, because it can remove more natural oils of your skin!
This can get worse when you take shower with hot water, because hot water can dry out your natural skin oil faster. For best deal, choose lukewarm water instead of hot water! And while you bathe, it’s also recommended to close your bathroom to keep the room humid.
As mentioned before, low humidity can be bad for dry skin. Your skin needs moisture to keep moist. Though it has its own natural lipids, but low humidity can dry out the skin.
Low humidity is common in the winter. The use of heater can make the humidity low even more. For this reason, the use of a humidifier can help.
Dry skin is less commonly associated with what you eat. There may be also no clearly answer about specific nutrients that you should eat to help improve the ability of skin to keep moist. However in general, your diet is the key of your overall health – including for your skin!
So far, hydrating foods are the best recommendation of proven way to help cope with dry skin. These include fruits, vegetables, or soups. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is also so essential since it is the most effective way to keep hydrated.
Another thing that may help is healthy fatty acids found in salmon, flax seed, canola oil, and walnuts. These fatty acids are thought helpful in the production of healthy cell membranes. And one of functions of these cells membranes can help hold water.
- If you drink, do it in moderation! Too much drinking alcohol can cause dehydration, and that can dry out your skin.
- Swimming is great cardio exercise (great for the health of your heart). But be careful with chlorine! Swimming in chlorinated pools can worsen dry skin, particularly if you do it too often. And always wash your body with free-chlorine water each time after swimming!
- Control your stress! How you look on the outside could be affected by what you feel on the inside. Some studies found that emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress can increase the risk of some skin problems. In addition, excess cortisol stress hormone can break down collagen, the essential protein to keep your skin elastic and smooth.
- Get plenty of sleep! Lack of sleep (particularly for chronic sleep loss) is linked to many health conditions, including some skin problems. Furthermore, when you have sleep deprivation, you tend to become easier to lose control on your stress.