All About Dry Skin

Did you know that only 10% of the entire world population has truly dry skin?  The rest who experience dryness have "dehydrated" skin.

Truly dry skin lacks oil, and therefore has less natural ability to keep water in the skin. The skin uses its oil to lubricate itself and keep water from escaping.  The hallmark of truly dry skin is very small pores, because pores expand to accommodate larger oil flow.  Dry skin is typically thin, delicate, often fair but can be dark, too, and can sometimes get very slightly congested due to a lack of momentum of its oil; not enough is produced to push it out, so some oil can get solid by mixing with dead skin cells, and can get stuck.  But with truly dry skin this is actually not common.

Dehydrated skin may produce enough oil for the whole face, or just enough for parts of the face, but because of lack of humidity, lack of proper exfoliation, use of rubbing alcohol, use of cleansers that are harsh and irritating, sun exposure, and consumption of cigarettes and alcohol, the skin can lose the water it needs very readily.  Since this can also just as easily happen to an oily skin, especially from use of the wrong products, the skin can often have oiliness on top of tightness or flakiness.  Truly dry skin doesn’t experience this oiliness.

So if you do actually have skin that does not produce enough oil on the entire face, or just parts, this is what you can do:

1) Cleanse with a lotion cleanser that is thorough and rinses well, yet feels comfortable.  In other words, you should not feel tight or dry after you rinse, but you shouldn’t feel like it takes forever to rinse completely.

2) Use an alcohol free toner, one that sprays on.  Leave it wet on the skin, do not blot.

3) Immediately apply an antioxidant lotion, firming serum, or moisture boosting serum right on top of the wet toner.  This will help hydrate, soothe, nourish and is great for anti-aging as well. If you’d like to use more than one of these, they can be mixed in your hand before applying, one pump each.

4) AM – apply a sunscreen that hydrates as well as replaces lipids.  It is not necessary to use an SPF higher than 30, but do not use any number below 15.

    PM – apply a hydrating moisturizer that replaces lipids and helps to add water to the skin.

  1. 5)If your skin is especially dry, use a lipid replacement serum that will help restore the skin’s natural moisture balance and help repair skin whose integrity has been compromised by dryness.  Apply after moisturizer morning and night, and before makeup. For flakey or tight skin, this kind of serum can allow for a smoother makeup application, like a primer.

  1. 6)Use of a lipid-rich, ultra hydrating mask once a week or as needed will greatly boost any skin care routine for dry skin.

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