Are you having a difficult time dealing with skin that feels dry and flaky throughout the day? Is it combined with itching too very often? Building the right daily skin care routine could be the answer to your problem.
Every skin has unique needs depending upon its type, texture, concerns, etc. Finding the right product for your skin type is as important as knowing the technique and order of application.
So if you want to know the perfect daily skincare routine that can keep skin dryness at bay, keep reading.
Daily Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin
When it comes to using products on your face, it is best to do so at spaced intervals, allowing your skin some time to breathe in between. This is why it is important to split your daily skin care regimen into a daytime and night time routine.
While your daytime skin care routine will be focussed on preventing the damage caused on your skin by exposure to pollution and UV rays, the night time skin care routine is solely about repairing the damage and letting your skin recover and rejuvenate while you sleep. Both routines need to include essential steps like cleansing, moisturizing and more.
Daytime Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin
1. Cleansing Lotion
Cleansing your face is the very first and one of the most essential steps for glowing, toned skin. Throughout the day, your skin has to weather the damage caused by dirt, pollution and harmful UV days. You must first wash your face and remove all the impurities using a cleansing lotion.
If you have dry skin, it is recommended you use a facial cleanser that contains emollients which will wash away any build-up on your face. Pick a product that is gentle and will not strip your skin of the natural oils it contains.
A toner will essentially finish the job that the facial cleanser started. A toner will help tone your skin and remove any impurities that are left behind, giving you clean, calm skin. Certain toners also help in reducing the damage caused by UV rays and calm your skin while keeping it hydrated.
A toner should be applied after using a cleansing lotion. Be sure to pick out a toner that is not packed with exfoliating acids-reserve this for your nighttime skin care routine. You can pat the toner onto your face with a clean, cotton ball right after using a facial cleanser.
3. Antioxidant Serum
A serum filled with the right antioxidants can have a number of benefits for your skin. Hyaluronic acid in serums for example, is known to lock in the moisture while Vitamin B3 and peptides help boost production of collagen, a protein which makes your skin look supple.
A combination of Vitamin E and ferulic acid is known to help your skin stay youthful for longer while ingredients such as chamomile in serums calms your skin. Using a serum that is packed with antioxidants will make your skin brighter, clear inflammation and even prevent aging.
4. Moisturizer With SPF
Now comes the fourth and perhaps the most crucial step in getting hydrated with skin-moisturizing. Picking the right moisturizer for your skin type is extremely important. For dry skin, it is recommended you use a moisturizer that is in the form of a soft cream.
Using a moisturizer with SPF will help hydrate your skin and keep it soft as well as protect it from sun and pollution damage. It is recommended that you add a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 to your daily morning or day-time skin care routine.
Night Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin
1. Cleansing Lotion
It might seem impossible to stick to a strict skin care routine at night, especially after a long, demanding day. But think of it this way - as you get your required number of hours of beauty sleep, your skin can also get replenished overnight. Start with cleansing the impurities and dirt accumulated through the day to sooth and purify your skin.
Using a toner at night will give additional hydration to your skin. Toners are also packed with other essential elements such as niacinamide (helps prevent hyperpigmentation) and Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs (for uniform skin tone).
Certain toners also have other benefits such as efficiently cleaning up makeup, reducing acne and clearing pores and dead skin cells. For the night time skin care routine, you can go for products that have exfoliating acids. Dab a toner onto your face after using a facial cleanser. Consult a dermatologist to pick the right product for your skin type.
3. Retinol Serum
In short, Retinol boosts the rate at which new skin cells grow. Using a Retinol serum will help get rid of dark spots and any damage caused to the skin during the day. Other ingredients in the serum will boost hydration and calm your skin.
The reason Retinol is reserved for the night is because it is not stable under the sun and will break down if applied in the daytime. Be sure to pick a gentle formula of Retinol which will have no side effects such as irritation and inflammation. Consult a dermatologist to know which retinol serum to buy.
4. Eye Cream
An eye cream which specifically targets the gentle skin around your eyes can be great for getting rid of problems such as dark circles and puffy eyes. Try an eye cream with anti-aging properties which will minimise dark circles and lines. You can also look for brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C to reverse hyperpigmentation under the eye.
Sure, a concealer works great in hiding your dark circles every morning. But adding a night time eye cream to your skin care regimen will ensure that you will not be so dependent on the concealer any more. Be sure to pick out an eye cream that is designed to be applied in the night. Remember day time creams prevent damage while night time creams reverse it.
5. Hydrating Moisturizer
Give your face an overnight deep treatment with a moisturizer packed with all the right ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and glycolic acid. It will help fight discolouration and aging and make your skin look perky in the morning.
When picking a product, go for ingredients which are specific to your concerns - if you’re concerned about blemishes and an uneven skin tone, for example, go for a product which has fruit enzymes and hyaluronic acid. If you want to soothe your skin, you should look for a product with gentle ingredients such as almond oil. Consult an expert to pick the right product for your skin.
Weekly Routine For Dry Skin
In addition to your daily step-by-step day and night time skin care routine, here are also some things you can do once in a week to perk up your skin and give it a glow.
1. At-Home Exfoliating Peel
Peels that can be put on at home are readily available. It is important to pick a peel which caters to your concerns and also does not have any ingredients that your skin could potentially react to. You can try using a peel behind the ear to check before applying it on your face.
Peels with AHAs are known to be beneficial in reducing acne and discolouration in the face. Remember to do this only once in a week or once in two weeks. The reason you must do this extra step less frequently is because while it is great to exfoliate your skin, beyond a level, it could cause damage in the form of irritation and inflamed skin.
2. Face Oil
A face oil is made up of natural extracts and can help in hydrating your skin and in some cases, brighten it up . Olive oil, for example, is known to be great for brightening your skin. Argan oil is known to be great at clearing acne and hydrating your skin, while Marula oil has antibacterial properties.
It is recommended that you use face oil twice in a day, once in the morning and once at night. However, make sure you consult a dermatologist before applying a face oil since there could be chances that it could end up causing irritation and skin inflammation, if not approved by a certified professional.
Other Tips For Dry Skin (Dos & Don’ts)
1. Overnight Mask
Once in a while you can try an overnight mask which will hydrate your skin as you snooze. By morning, your skin will be plumper and more toned.
2. Do Not Use Hot Water
If you have dry skin, chances are that you have noticed your condition getting worse after a particularly long, hot shower. Using hot water can only dry out your skin further and cause irritation. So go for lukewarm water instead. It is also recommended that you keep your shower short- between 5 to 10 minutes. (1)
3. Be Stress Free
Studies have closely linked stress to conditions associated with the skin. (2) In today’s time, we all lead stress filled lives. So find ways to mitigate the stress - try meditating and make sure you get ample sleep.
4. Seek Expert Help
When you’re picking a product for your skin, it is important that you get a certified professional’s opinion since certain ingredients could end up causing skin inflammation. It is also best to consult a doctor to find a proper way to treat your dry skin.
Sticking to a daily skin care routine will have long-term positive effects on any skin type. Remember that seeing the effect of a new skin care regimen could take time. So be patient while you’re being diligent with your daily routine.
One of the main issues people with dry skin face is not being able to retain the moisture on their face. Following the above steps make sure that the moisture is locked in and your skin stays hydrated and plump.
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