A dry skin condition can be quite uncomfortable especially the flaky, itchy sensation it causes. You can tell just how dry your skin is by smiling. If you feel your skin stretching over the facial bones while you smile, that taut sensation means that your skin lacks elasticity and suppleness.
People with a dry skin type normally suffer from this complaint throughout the year. However, the condition worsens during the winter months and can lead to painful peeling and redness on the skin. Since dry skin lacks sebum, you should find something to supplement it; for instance, a good moisturizer.
What Type of Moisturizer is Suitable for Dry Skin?
It’s a question all of us ask, especially since there are so many products on the shelves these days, and choosing one out of them is a tough job.
A good moisturizer is known by its ingredients and the percentage of their presence in the product. You can easily choose a moisturizer by identifying which ingredients are most likely to improve the texture of your skin. Moisturizers that contain essential oils like ylang-ylang, chamomile, lavender, patchouli, rose and geranium are suitable for dry skin. They should contain lanolin, mineral oil, emollients, sorbitol and lactic acid in appropriate quantities.
Avoid using moisturizers that are lotion-based since they are easily absorbed and work well on oily skin. Pick creams and oil or ointment-based moisturizers since they remain on the skin for a longer time and leave it feeling soft and supple. Lotions and creams, which contain olive oil or organic extra virgin coconut oil are also effective. However, if you suffer from acne, you should choose water based moisturizers, even if you do have dry skin.
Look for the word ‘hypoallergenic’ on the label of the container. This indicates that the product is unlikely to cause any allergic reaction.
Using Your Moisturizer
Every time you wash your face, pat dry with a towel and quickly apply moisturizer on your skin. Reapply the moisturizer 3-4 times a day to keep your skin soft and well hydrated. You can use the same cream before going to bed or get a good winter care cream for the night.
The key to relieving dry skin begins with choosing a suitable moisturizer so be sure to keep these tips in mind while you pick one out.