Monday, June 11, 2007

Dry Skin Type

Dry skin is caused by under or inactive oil glands that do not produce enough sebum to keep the skin naturally lubricated. It usually has a dull appearance, feels dry and itchy and is sometimes sensitive. Dry skin must be hydrated regularly from the inside (with fresh water) and outside with (mists), as well as moisturized with rich hydrating creams or lotions.

Dry skin routines usually include the following recommendations:

  • Cleanse your skin once or twice a day with a moisturizing, soap-free cleanser. Never use cleansers or toners with alcohol, soaps or harsh detergents.
  • After cleansing, apply moisturizer while skin is still damp to help seal moisture.
  • It is best to use non-greasy moisturizers. However, as opposed to oily and normal skin types, dry skin moisturizers may contain some oil or similar hydrophobic emollients.
  • If your skin becomes dry again soon after moisturizing, you may need a long-lasting moisturizer. Certain ingredients make moisturizers last longer. For example, moisturizer with milk protiens.
  • Some people with dry skin may benefit from a moisturizing mask once a week.
  • Use sunscreen whenever sun exposure is expected.
  • Drink plenty of water. Eight glasses a day is generally recommended.
  • Avoid exposure to harsh detergents, whether directly or via clothing washed in harsh detergents. Sometimes one can improve dry skin by simply abandoning the use of shower gels and/or changing the brand of laundry detergent.

Next article: Oily skin type Recommendations

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