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Experiencing a dry spell—when it comes to your complexion, that is? It’s time to kick your skin care routine up a notch. The following hacks can help make caring for dry skin a little bit easier. From applying moisturizer to damp skin to using a humidifier to pump moisture back into the air, there are a few simple steps you can take to help keep your dry skin looking and feeling its best.
Every skin type should moisturize morning and night—but if you have dry skin, it’s especially important that you do so twice a day. That’s because dry skin faces external factors like pollution and UV rays that can damage skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin surface loses its natural glow, becoming dull. Try a water-based moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration and make your skin look more radiant. Just one note: Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher over your moisturizer in the A.M.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the best time to apply moisturizer is after cleansing, when your skin is still damp. So, don’t towel dry right away the next time you wash your face! The same goes for your body: Slather on a lotion immediately after hopping out of the tub, and pay specific attention to areas that tend to get dry, like your knees, elbows, and feet.
When you do shower, make sure to rinse off in lukewarm water, since super-hot H2O can actually strip your skin of moisture—and that’s not something you want if you have dry skin. If you must bathe in hot water, try to limit the amount of time you spend in the tub.
Applying foundation over a dry, flaky face? Not exactly a recipe for a dewy complexion. And if you have dry skin, you’re going to want to avoid powder foundation, since this can just make your face look even drier. For a glow-y look, mix in a tiny bit of a liquid foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation into your moisturizer—and apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.
If you live in a dry climate, then all that lack of moisture in the air could be adding to your dry skin. The AAD states that using a humidifier is something you should consider doing if you have dry skin, since it can help add moisture back into the air. Go ahead and place one in your bedroom!
When you have dry skin, you want to be gentle—and the last thing you should do is over-cleanse. But if you’re about to get all sweaty during an intense cardio workout, it is a good idea to cleanse your skin afterwards. So, pack micellar water—a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option—with you. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin hydrates and soothes. It’s oil-free, soap-free, and suitable for sensitive skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. No need to be near the sink!
Facial oil is a super-trendy product—and for good reason. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil for mature skin is formulated with eight essential oils to help replenish skin and restore a glow to dull, dry skin. Apply 4-5 drops into the palm of your hand and dab the oil with your finger in small dots onto your face. Smooth it from your nose to ears, eyebrows to hairline, and neck to jawline morning and night. Follow up with moisturizer if needed.
It’s not just the skin on your face that can get dry, your lips can, too! So, be sure to swipe on a hydrating lip balm whenever you need to. If you’ve got dry lips and want to rock a bold color, use a lip scrub and follow it up with a primer before applying lipstick.