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When you have dry skin, you know how challenging it can be to care for your complexion. In fact, you might find that putting together a skin care routine that helps address your specific needs to be quite difficult. Why does it feel like no matter what you do, your skin still feels super-dry? Well, moisturizer should definitely play a key role in your beauty regimen—and that’s especially the case if you have very dry skin. Here, get the lowdown on what’s causing your skin to be extra dry, how to incorporate a water-based moisturizer into your skin care routine, and other tips that will help you care for your uber-dry complexion.
If your skin feels drier than a desert, then you know how delicate it is—and that means it needs special care. Extra dry skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated and feeling tight and uncomfortable. No fun!
Regardless of your skin type, you should moisturize twice daily—and that’s definitely the case for extra dry skin. If you’re looking for a new moisturizer, consider using the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration. It envelops skin with moisture to help it feel comfortable and soothed. Apply it morning and night after cleansing.
In addition to using a moisturizer formulated for your specific skin type, there are other tips you can incorporate into your routine if you have extra dry skin. Let’s get to soothing that complexion!
1. Use gentle cleansers. Since extra dry skin is fragile, make sure you’re using gentle cleansers to wash your face and body. Make sure you check labels—according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), soaps and products with fragrances can irritate dry, sensitive skin, so you may want to steer clear of these.
2. Limit your time in the shower. A long soak in a hot bath can feel super-relaxing, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for your complexion. That’s because high temps can actually strip your skin of moisture—and that’s not exactly something you can part with if you have extra dry skin. So, the next time you’re in the shower, turn the dial down and rinse off in lukewarm water. It may not feel quite as good in the moment, but your skin will thank you!
3. Apply facial moisturizer and body lotion to damp skin. After cleansing your face or hopping out of the shower, don’t towel off immediately. Applying your moisturizer or body lotion to damp skin can help lock in hydration, so act fast!
4. Don’t harshly rub your skin. If you are drying your skin post-shower, gently pat yourself dry.
5. Invest in a humidifier. Do you live in a dry climate? The low moisture levels in the air can contribute to skin dryness. Using a humidifier can help add some much-needed moisture back into the air.
6. Keep your clothes soft. The AAD states that wool and other rough fabrics can irritate skin—so try to wear soft fabrics that breathe, such as 100 percent cotton. If you are wearing wool or the like, be sure to wear a soft fabric underneath.
7. Pay attention to your hands. When it comes to extra dry skin, your face may not be the only area affected. While frequent hand washing is necessary to remove germs, it can lead your skin to feeling dry, too. The AAD recommends applying a hand cream regularly—and wearing waterproof gloves when you wash the dishes!