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Dry skin: We’ve all had it, and nobody wants it! Very dry skin can flake, feel rough to the touch, itch, crack, and just be overall uncomfortable. Whatever your age, gender, or skin type, dry skin is very common and it can plague anyone, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Although it’s not out of the norm to experience dry skin, there are plenty of steps you can take in your skin care routine to help ward it off—and we’re not just talking about using a facial moisturizer. Read on to learn more about what causes dry skin and our best dry skin remedies to try.
Skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil, and any given person can have dry skin either chronically or at different times throughout their life. While very dry skin can mean that your skin cells aren’t producing enough oil to provide the right amount of hydration, there are also other external causes that can play a part in making skin feel dry, such as living in or visiting an extremely dry or cold climate. According to the AAD, age can also be a factor, as skin becomes thinner and drier as we get older.
Ready to combat dry skin? Try the following seven dry skin remedies:
We know—nothing feels better than a long, hot shower on a cold winter day. Unfortunately, the longer and warmer your showers are, the worse they are for your skin. The more time you spend under the faucet means the more natural moisture your skin loses, so try to spend just five to ten minutes in the shower. Additionally, hot water removes the natural oils from your skin (and hair), so get in the habit of dialing down the water temperature as well.
If you’re very prone to dry skin or you feel it coming on, switch your facial cleanser from a foaming cleanser to one with a creamy, hydrating formula, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser. This cream cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse skin while also helping to replenish its natural oils, so as to leave your complexion feeling hydrated and soft.
This is an extremely effective trick that not enough people know: In order to lock in the moisture from your shower or face wash, apply moisturizer on clean skin when it’s still damp. After cleansing, simply pat your face with a washcloth a few times then apply an even layer of a facial moisturizer or serum formulated with hyaluronic acid, like the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
If exfoliating isn’t part of your regular weekly skin care routine, it should be. It’s important to slough off dead skin cells that can accumulate on the outer layer of your skin (which can leave your complexion looking dull and feeling dry). Use a face scrub that’s suited to your skin type and concerns and apply it gently, using small, circular motions. If you’ve got dry skin with an uneven skin tone, try the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub. If you’re prone to an extremely dry, flaky complexion, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub.
The AAD recommends using a humidifier at home, as it can help add moisture back into the air, which will, in turn, help keep your skin hydrated.
Why not pamper your skin while you sleep? Not only will applying an overnight mask, like L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Mask, help hydrate very dry skin, but it also offers anti-aging benefits.
Similarly, a night cream can work wonders in helping to keep your complexion hydrated. Try the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm on your face, and the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm – Face/Neck/Chest/Hands on your neck and décolletage.
We love micellar water for many reasons, not least of which is because it removes makeup, dirt, and debris gently without stripping your skin of moisture. When battling dry skin, the last thing you want to be doing is scrubbing your makeup off with a harsh cleanser! Try the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, which can tackle everyday makeup removal and cleansing in one step.
If you’ve tried all of these dry skin remedies and are still experiencing a flaky complexion, it might be time to reassess the facial moisturizer you’re using. Read about Our Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin and learn how to choose the right formula for your skin.