Dry skin is sensitive. It produces very little sebum and as a result becomes very dehydrated. It is usually tight after washing, dull and parched, so requires thorough care. Avoid hot water, as it will dry out the skin even further. Instead, try water that’s lukewarm. The same goes for hot showers, as it’ll strip the skin of oil much faster than warm water. Use a mild, unscented, soap-free cleanser.
When you exit the shower, pat your skin dry but, leave it damp and apply a moisturizer. This will lock the moisture into your skin.
- Use sunscreen on exposed parts of the body. Be sure use an SPF 0f 15 or more.
- Drink lots of water. 70% of the body is water. Therefore, the body needs water to carry out its functions.
- Exfoliate before applying makeup. This removes the dead cells.
- If you use makeup primer, use one that’s made especially for dry skin.
- Use an oil-based or water-based foundation. Avoid powders, as they will dry the skin further.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3. Essential fatty acids help enrich the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Sources include fish (salmon, sardines), flax, walnuts, and safflower oil.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.