5 Tips For Fixing Dry Skin

Posted on: 20 July 2016

Dry skin on your face can cause redness, irritation, and itchiness. In some cases, dry patches may even begin to peel, crack, or otherwise become incredibly painful. The following tips can help you combat the dryness.

Tip #1: Use the right cleanser

Dry skin often goes hand in hand with sensitive skin. For this reason, you want to use a mild facial cleanser that contains no fragrances. Also, skip the varieties with built-in exfoliating or antibacterial agents since these can aggravate dry skin. If you have trouble finding a cleanser, consider using one formulated for sensitive baby skin, usually available in the infant's section of the store. Don't be tempted to use regular bar soap – this is formulated for use on the tougher skin of the body, so it can be too harsh and drying for your face.

Tip #2: Dry correctly

Scrubbing your face dry with a towel is similar to using a harsh exfoliating scrub on your skin – it can really dry out the skin and leave it look raw and red. It's also not a good idea to let the skin air dry, since the water draws moisture and oils out of the skin as it evaporates, which leads to even drier skin. Instead, use a soft towel to gently blot your face dry after showering or washing.

Tip #3: Skip the steam treatment

Steam treatments, whether done spa-style or as the result of a hot shower, can also be more drying. The hot moisture strips the natural oils from your face, leaving it feeling even more dry and irritated later. Instead of hot showers, opt for warm showers and keep them as short as comfortably possible. Once you are out, blot your face quickly and don't forget the moisturizer.

Tip #4: Always moisturize

Unfortunately, dry skin doesn't mean blemish-free skin. Still, this is no reason to skip the moisturizer. Opt for a lightweight moisturizer formulated for dry skin. Put on a thin layer twice a day, in the morning and evening, and rub it in well so that it is absorbed into the skin.

Tip #5: Protect against the sun

The sun can be especially irritating to dry skin since the UV rays further break down the oil and irritate your face. Use a light moisturizer that contains UV protection each time you plan to go outside. It's also a good idea to wear a hat to further keep the sun off of your face.

There can be many causes of dry skin, including eczema and contact dermatitis due to allergies. If your dry skin doesn't get better or seems to worsen, consult with a dermatologist for more treatment options.