We all have skin issues that we either choose to address or make amends with. If your pain point in beauty includes dry patches on the face then, that could be a more major skin issue than you think.
Dry skin: What's the problem?
There is a lot about dry skin that you should be worried about if you have been observing your own facial skin to manifest this condition. Before inquiring about how to treat dry skin, here are some dry skin facts you must know now:
Dry skin can affect everyone.
Some are more prone than others to develop or exhibit dry skin and show it more often. If you have a frequent concern with dry skin, you should have your skin looked at because skin usually manifests symptoms for other underlying diseases that may be connected to your skin or some other part of your body. If there's an underlying condition then, no amount of moisturizer can treat your dry skin. The underlying cause must be treated in parallel.
Dry skin is a top cause of skin aging.
That includes premature aging. When skin is dry, your skin cells lose their ability to capture moisture and keep it in. When absorptive capacity declines, poor elasticity sets in. Then, the damages start to manifest — wrinkles and age spots most especially.
Dry skin may signal damaged skin.
There can be several causes of damage such as pollutants, UV, stress and poor diet but, the most pitiful fact is that your skin routine may be the real culprit. You may be scrubbing your face too hard or too often or, using the wrong products to treat your skin.
Dealing with the dry patches.
So, how can you start renewing your damaged skin? There are definite solutions and, yes, you can start improving your skin right now. Follow these tips to start seeing and making improvements to your dry skin:
Tip No. 1: Clear your routine of all drying alcohols.
Products containing this type of alcohols are what leaves your skin dry, patchy and dull. Specifically, the kinds of alcohol you should be ridding your beauty stash of are alcohol denat. (denatured alcohol), ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, and ethyl alcohol. Some alcohols, such as cetearyl and stearyl alcohols are fatty alcohols which actually work to moisturize your skin.
Tip No. 2: Stop washing and showering with tap that's very hot or very cold.
Either water temp removes the moisture that's sitting on the surface of your skin. Always use only water that is lukewarm when bathing, and no facial cleansing and bathing more than twice daily. Also, refrain from soaking in a tub for a hot soak.
Tip No. 3: Apply petroleum jelly on the dry patch.
You've probably heard a bad thing or two about petrol in cosmetics. The truth is, petroleum jelly isn't all that bad. The problem is in how these products are processed because that's where some components may accidentally combine with carcinogens. So, when you get a petroleum jelly, make sure to get a product from a reputable brand. If you want to be sure, check out the product's hazard grade from ewg.org
Tip No. 4: Include an essential oil in your routine.
The beauty of plant oils is that these very closely resemble the skin's natural oils. Why is that beneficial? The similarity allows the essential oils to be easily absorbed by the skin and then use it immediately at the same time to stimulate the skin's natural healing process. When you do choose to add essential oils, stick to the non-fragrant or fragrance-free forms.
Tip No. 5: Refrain from subjecting your skin from extreme weather conditions.
It's one of the top tips on how to treat dry skin that often gets forgotten and neglected. Staying indoors most of the time is one way you can fulfill this requirement. Control the temp and use a humidifier to add moisture in the surrounding air.
Tip No. 6: Makeup still works as a quick fix.
You will need a nude and a tinted concealer plus a good matte foundation to pull off a good cover. For more subtle dry skin imperfections, a BB cream may be all you need.
Keep in mind that: "Beautiful skin takes a daily commitment." You'll never get beautiful skin when all you're doing is patch the damage. You should begin with prevention in the first place.