Changing the care system led by scientists, not bloggers from the Internet
Dry skin occurs when it does not retain enough moisture. This can happen as a result of frequent washing, using harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for those living in colder climates, this may be due to the cold, dry winter air. However, you don’t have to accept rough, flaky skin as an inevitable consequence of aging or the climate – there are several treatments for dry skin that Woman Hit will cover in this resource.
Start at the base
Moisturizers are the first, but not the only way to treat dry skin. You need to start by changing your habits, not choosing cosmetics. The following may help:
Use a humidifier in winter. Set it to about 60%, which should be enough to hydrate your skin.
Shower quickly. Limit yourself to one 5-10 minute bath or shower a day. If you bathe more, the lipid balance of the epidermis changes – excess fat is removed from the skin, which causes a rapid loss of moisture. Use warm, not hot water: it washes away sebum but does not injure the skin.
Minimize the use of soap. Stay away from deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps, and alcohol-based products. It is better to choose a gel for washing with a mild pH, directed more towards an acidic environment. This will allow the skin to renew itself more regularly.
Be gentle on your skin. Do not use brushes or natural fiber scourers on your face – they injure the skin. For the same reason, do not scrub your skin after a bath, but pat it dries with a paper towel. To exfoliate, wash with a gel and a silicone brush, and acid-based masks.
Moving on to leaving
Now let’s talk about cosmetics. No matter what you say, you cannot do without an additional layer of cream in the cold season. “Think of moisturizers as a barrier between your skin and the cold, dry air,” says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. A quality cream contains three types of ingredients:
Moisturizers. These substances help to attract moisture. These include ceramists, glycerin, sorbitol, hyaluronic acid, and lecithin.
Occlusive. These ingredients, including petroleum jelly, silicone, lanolin, and various oils, help to retain moisture within the skin.
Emollients. These products contain oil, water, and an emulsifier so that the previous two substances do not separate into layers. They are lighter in texture and easier to apply than petroleum jelly or oils.
Generally, the thicker and fattier the product, the more effectively it moisturizes your skin. Some of the most effective and least expensive is petroleum jelly and plant-based substitutes, and moisturizing oils, including vegetable oils. Since they do not contain water, it is best to use them while the skin is still damp after bathing in order to retain moisture. Lotions designed to moisturize the skin contain water.
How to use the cream
It’s not enough to buy a quality cream; you need to learn how to use it. First, learn: the cream should be stored in the refrigerator, and you need to pick it up with a clean spatula that comes in the box or you can buy it at a cosmetic store. This measure will protect the product from germs and fungi that accidentally get from your hands into the nutrient medium. Also, the cold cream has a thermal effect on the skin: muscle relaxation and lightening of the vascular networks due to vascular contraction. You need to renew the cream layer 1-2 times a day after washing your face and applying tonic – it prepares the skin for the cream and allows it to be absorbed faster. A drop the size of a pea is enough for the face: due to silicones in the composition, the cream is distributed in a thin layer. If you are going to run out into the street, you should blot the rest of the product with a paper towel. In another case, it is worth walking around with the cream on the face for 3-5 minutes, allowing it to be completely absorbed.