Natural Beauty Care Guide

Dry Skin Care

Dry skin produces low level of sebum (the skinís natural moisturiser) and is noticeably flaky around the mouth, cheeks and forehead. Using soap, water and toner causes problems for this skin type, because they leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable.

So scrap soap and opt for a soap-free cleansers instead. There are many to try, including superfatted bars (often called beauty bars) with added emollients like olive oil or lanolin, milky liquids or tissue of cleansing creams. If your skin is severely dry, you might try a tissue-off cleanser that can be used without water.

When dry skin is exposed to cold winds, central heating or air conditioning, it soon becomes taut. The best way to care for this skin type is to use cleansing milks and creams leaving them to dissolve your make-up, then tissue off. Repeat, until the tissue comes away clean.You can easily make some natural cleansers that can be as effective. Try them.

Oily cleansers, especially the tissue off kind, can make even the driest skin sprout blemishes, however. So make sure your cleanser is labeled noncomedogenic (formulated without ingredients known to cause blemishes).

This type of skin needs regular feeding with thick, creamy, hydrating moisturizers-morning and night- to keep it in good condition and to avoid the premature aging to which dry skin is prone. Avoid products containing lanolin or any fragrance, which may stress your skin.

To hydrate mildly dry skin, try a moisturiser with an oil-in-water emulsion (meaning that the product is more water than oil). These light moisturizers penetrate the skin easily and donít leave sticky, greasy feeling behind.

Dry skin produces less oil than other skin types, so itís more vulnerable to sun damage, including age spots, blotches and wrinkles. You can lesson your risk of skin damage by using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15.

Doís and Doníts for Dry Skin

Do:
Cleanse thoroughly at night to remove makeup. In the morning, simply splash your face with lukewarm water.
Moisturize while your skin is still damp from cleansing.
Choose creamy, oil-rich makeup.
Prevent sun damage by using a strong sunscreen daily.

Don't:
Wash your face with soap. Choose a mild, soap-free liquid cleanse instead.
Scrub your face with abrasive pads, washcloths or grainy cleansers.
Continue to use a moisturizer that makes you break out.
Mistake seborrheic dermatitis for dry skin; see a dermatologist if you're not sure.

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