When it comes to skin, It’s best to know what it is then to guess and pray for the best. When it comes to dry skin, it’s important to understand that it is a skin type before anything. Yes, a person can have dry spots and not deal with having dry skin.
So what is the difference? Dry skin is one that produces little to no natural sebum (oil). The texture of the skin is often rough, scaly, or flaky. And not easy to remedy with simple lotions or water-based moisturizers. The follicular appearance is dry and barely visible to the naked eye due to the lack of sebum to plump and fills them.
But wait! Little to no sebum production, barely visible follicles; It's every woman's dream. Right? Wrong, the lack of sebum production reduces the protective barrier that your skin needs to deal with the natural wear and tear of life. Furthermore, the lack of a protective barrier means that skin can become sensitive and easily irritated.
When it comes to creating a skincare routine for dry skin, the main goals are to stimulate sebum production, hydrate, nourish, and protect. Aim for products that consist of moisturizing agents that work to form a protective layer on the surface of your skin and create a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Things like Shea Butter, Squalane, Castor Oil, and Cocoa butter are all occlusive ingredients that reduce moisture loss, combat dryness, and balance the skin. A word to the wise, be sure to use your skincare products according to the instructions. While dry skin requires additional hydration and moisture, overdoing it can result in clogged pores and breakouts.
Tips and Tricks
exfoliation (helps improve cell metabolism)
avoid using hot water to bathe or shower
shower every other day instead of every day
keep your shower time to less than 10 minutes
use a moisturizing soap when you bathe or shower
apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or showering
pat, rather than rub, wet drying with a soft towel