Dry skin can be troublesome if not looked after, but with a well-planned skin care routine you can make your complexion soft once more. Let’s take a look at what you can do to help keep your skin fresh and hydrated from the moment you wake up to when you head for bed.
First thing in the morning
It’s good practice to start your day with a quick wash with warm water to freshen up and waken your eyes. Once you’ve done that you can move onto gentle cleansing with a specialist dry skin product; natural ingredients are best, so try to avoid products containing harsh chemicals. The same goes for your moisturiser, which can be applied after cleansing.
If you’ve got a special cream specifically to focus on dry areas use that first before applying a thin layer of daily moisturiser. Choose something with UV protection to lower the risk of environmental damage during the day. Finally, pack any creams or lotions that you think would be beneficial to your skin during the day into a bag and make sure you take it with you when you go out of the door.
During the day
Throughout the day a big part of your dry skin routine is to keep checking. If your face, lips or hands feel and look dry don’t be afraid to moisturise. You’ve got your kit in the bag so use your daily moisturiser to freshen up your face, your hand cream to keep fingers and palms smooth, and something to keep your lips moist.
Petroleum jelly is a good idea for lips, as it can create a barrier from the elements and add moisture. But you might have heard about possible petroleum jelly side effects. There’s no need to worry though, as there are no known common petroleum jelly side effects to your skin, since Vaseline is triple-purified to remove impurities, being non-irritating and hypoallergenic, with plenty of moisturising benefits for dry skin.
Staying hydrated and eating healthily are also vital. Failing to do so will soon show up in your skin, so choose your lunch wisely and make sure you take regular sips of water.
Last thing at night
While you’re asleep your body can do some restorative work, and giving your skin a little boost just before you hit the pillow can really help. Remove your makeup with the same gentle cleanser you used in the morning. Take time to gently massage it in to get full coverage and soothe your face from the impact of the day. Once you’ve removed your makeup and cleaned your face you can add a rich night cream to provide moisture overnight.
Aiming to get a full night’s sleep seems like a given, but it’s really important not to stay up late regularly as that’ll soon start to stress out your skin. Pop a bottle of water on your bedside table, lay your head down and let the combination of your body’s natural restorative processes and your night cream do their job.
Follow these simple steps and you could say goodbye to cracked and dry patches, and hello to fresh and healthy skin!