We all want to look and feel our best. Dry skin can be a big detractor from that.
This common skin care problem can manifest in many different ways. Dryness can lead to flakiness, redness, inflammation, itchiness, tightness, cracking, signs of aging, and acne.
Maybe you notice an issue when putting on makeup; a flaky surface can cause makeup to stick unevenly or flake off. You may need to use more product as your skin acts like a sponge to absorb liquid primer, foundation, blush, and bronzer. Maybe the dryness is apparent through a tight, itchy feeling that has you searching for relief. Or perhaps the dryness has led to acne, redness, or inflammation, and you want a blemish-free complexion back.
Dryness can cause many different problems, and it can even cause separate issues in different areas of your face, such as itchiness along your jawline and flakiness in your T-zone.
Some of us are naturally dry and some of us have skin that is dry due to environmental factors. Whatever the cause and the symptoms, we can all agree that a dry complexion is the worst. That’s why following these aesthetician-recommended tips is so important!
We’re sharing how to get rid of dry skin, and all the awful symptoms, for good. Follow these steps to a healthy, nourished, hydrated complexion that glows!
Skincare Solutions That Will Banish Dry Skin For Good
Avoid Overly Hot Water
It can be tempting to crank up the heat on the water and spend longer and longer in the bath or shower, especially if it’s cold outside. But this will only dehydrate your skin!
Although taking a hot bath or shower can feel really good initially, the hot water strips the natural oils and moisture from your skin. When your skin is stripped of the natural oils, it becomes dry, scaly, and parched.
If you’ve been wondering why your skin is so dry and you take a hot shower daily, this could be the culprit. The effect applies to the sensitive skin on your face and the skin everywhere on your body.
Limiting your bathing time and lowering the temperature of the water can help prevent scaly patches on your face, hands, feet, and body.
Use a Humidifier
One way to keep your skin moisturized is to reintroduce moisture to your indoor air. This is especially important if your heat or air conditioning is regularly running, which can dry out your skin. It’s also essential for people living in dry environments where there is little moisture in the air naturally.
A humidifier is a machine that adds humidity to the air in your home, usually through steam or mist. Your central air conditioning system may have a humidifier, in which case check if possible to ensure the humidifier is working.
You can also buy a humidifier to use in the room where you spend the most time. I recommend bringing the humidifier into your bedroom and running it while you sleep, which will help prevent your skin from drying out overnight and make sure your skin has a moisturized barrier to protect against drying agents.
Make Conscious Changes to Your Diet
One of the best things you can do to help dry skin is to drink lots and lots of water. When you drink caffeinated beverages, alcohol, or coffee, they act as a diuretic. Instead of hydrating your body, these types of beverages dehydrate you further.
That’s one reason why overdoing it on alcohol can be so dangerous. You don’t have to steer clear of a glass of wine or cup of coffee altogether, but be mindful of the effect that it will have on your skin. Drink extra water to make up for any dehydrating cocktails or lattes, and don’t go overboard with those types of drinks. Your skin will thank you!
It’s not just beverages that affect your skin. Increasing your daily intake of healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and walnuts can also help keep your skin smooth and soft. While eating healthy fats, drinking water, and decreasing your intake of diuretics is important to skin health, it does not replace a proper skincare routine.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
While it’s important to remove makeup and clean your skin daily, overly harsh cleansing agents can damage your skin further. You’ll want to use a cleanser that will thoroughly wash away any dirt, contaminants, and makeup without being overly astringent. When you use a harsh cleanser, you’ll know. Your complexion will feel stretched too tight and it causes skin to dry out further.
Not cleansing your skin can cause a buildup of debris that leads to acne. However, using a chemically strong cleanser can cause dryness. How can you clean your skin while ensuring it doesn’t dry out?
Use the HD Gentle Creamy Cleanser. This hydrating milk cleanser is made with gentle yet effective ingredients, including lavender essential oil, aloe, and vitamin E. It removes makeup and impurities while replenishing skin’s moisture. Instead of stripping your complexion of its natural oils, HD Gentle gives you softer and smoother skin. Overly perfumed products with chemical additives can dry your skin out. Use a gentle cleanser that is designed to soothe redness and dryness.
Don’t Skip the Exfoliation
If you have flakiness or redness, you might be tempted to skip exfoliation. If skin is already irritated, won’t an exfoliant irritate it more? That depends entirely on the products you pick. If your skin is already dry, inflamed, or rough, it’s a good idea to avoid or decrease your use of strong exfoliants. Harsh chemicals can cause further dryness.
However, if you choose gentle products, your skin can improve through buffing your complexion. Sloughing off dead skin cells allows moisturizers and serums to penetrate deeply. Without light exfoliation, that dead skin would pile up and no matter how many creams you applied, they wouldn’t be able to really get to work.
Pick Gentle Exfoliants
We recommend swapping your regular facial cleanser for an exfoliator two to three times a week. The HD Resurface Creme can help the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and scaly patches. Most importantly for dry skin, it gently buffs away dead skin cells and allows for greater product absorption, which smooths and brightens skin.
In addition to the exfoliating ingredients, this dynamic creme also contains coconut and safflower oil, which hydrates skin as you exfoliate. HD Resurface can be used on your face, neck, and décolletage.
Your face isn’t the only place you can experience dryness. Stop the scaly patches on your body with HD Fresh Papaya Mint Body Polish. This exfoliating body scrub is made with natural ingredients including papaya extract, jojoba beads, spearmint essential oil, and vitamins A and E. The potent mix is an excellent choice for a daily body exfoliant.
Unlike other body scrubs, HD Polish is not abrasive or harsh. It will gently slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores, and lessen the appearance of bumps and rough skin. This body polish is especially helpful for people with keratosis pilaris, a skin condition that causes small, itchy bumps to erupt on the body. A major factor in keratosis pilaris is dry skin, which is why it’s prominent among people with naturally dry complexions and worsens in the dry winter months. HD Polish can be used by all skin types, and is particularly effective for those who experience dryness.
Use the Right Moisturizer
This might be the most obvious recommendation on the list, but it’s also one people frequently forget. A deeply hydrating moisturizer will completely transform your skin from dry and flaky to smooth and supple.
It’s important to pick the right moisturizer for your skin. Some have perfumes and dyes that irritate skin further. Others are not heavy enough to penetrate the skin and really get to work.
The best moisturizer for dry skin is HD Intensive Moisture Creme. Apply this lavishly textured cream to your face and neck twice daily, especially after taking a warm shower or bath. It will replenish any lost moisture and keep your skin from drying out. HD Intensive fully hydrates and smooths skin while offering anti-aging benefits. It restores skin’s suppleness and even boosts collagen production and firmness! When you need a powerful product to eradicate dryness, trust this powerful formula.
Dry skin is a pesky problem that can lead to a list of different symptoms. From breakouts to itchiness, dryness causes aesthetic and physical issues. Banish dry skin for good when you follow these tips from HD Beauty! These simple steps can meant the difference between uncomfortable flakiness and a glowing complexion. Enjoy smooth and bright skin when you rely on our straightforward tips to keep your skin properly hydrated.