Skin Care for Dry Skin

  1. Start moisturizing your skin from the inside. Water helps remove skin dulling toxins from your system.Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin well hydrated; eat a high-quality diet rich in fruits and vegetables; and limit sun exposure.
  2. Avoid the use of tap water when cleansing dry skin. Tap water contains deposits that dry the skin. And never, ever use hot water. Use mineral water to freshen your face. Dont use a washcloth-a rough texture can irritate. In the morning, apply a spray of mineral water on your skin misted on with a plant sprayer. (Do not use a sprayer that had been used for spraying chemicals.) Lightly pat dry  . Avoid rubbing yourself dry with a towel, which can whisk away essential oils needed for moisture. Moistening with water, then applying a thin film of air-excluding moisturizer, restores the suppleness of the dry skin.
  3. Follow a bath or a shower with a mild application of baby oil. Massage your face with home-made nourishing cream every night before retiring. Be generous with the cream in the areas surrounding the eyes, where crows feet exist.   *Crows feet are tiny lines that develop within the delicate, thin skin that surrounds the eyes
  4. Dry skin needs plenty of thorough but gentle cleansing, regular stimulation with massage and generous quantities of oil and moisture. It also needs extra careful protection. Washing dry skin with soap and water not only removes dirt but also the natural oils protecting the skin. A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moist look. Apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.
  5. Use nondetergent, neutral-pH* products to cleanse your skin. Avoid using any commercial soap. And always touch your face gently. Double-cleanse with a cream, leaving a light, thin trace of it on the skin after the second cleansing.  *pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Pure water is said to be neutral
  6. Avoid coming in contact with highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing sodas and powders which contain highly alkaline and drying ingredients.
  7. Wash your face no more than twice a day with a gentle cleanser formulated for dry skin. Washing more often can dry your skin.
  8. Take short baths or showers and use warm rather than hot water. Try to limit showers and baths to one per day. Use soap only where you need it, such as on your underarms and groin.
  9. Add a few teaspoons of olive oil or lavender-scented oil to your bath.
  10. Understand that moisturizers contain barriers, which keep water on the skin, and water binders, which move moisture from the inner layer of skin to the top layer. Look for ingredients such as glycerin, alpha hydroxy acids, urea and lactic acids (binders), combined with petrolatum, lanolin or silicone derivatives (barriers). You have a choice of hundreds of products. A dermatologist or other skin care expert may be able to advise you on your specific needs, but trial and error will probably be your best bet in finding the product thats right for you.
  11. Too much heat or too much air-conditioning can rob your skin of moisture.

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