Deteriorating living conditions and unstable weather causes our skin to dry out. So what can we do to moisturize our dry skin? In this article; we suggest you some effective ways to moisturize dry skin.
Seasonal changes, temperature and humidity changes in cold weather causes our skin to dry and increases the moisture needs. Due to excessive loss of moisture, the skin is cracking and peeling begins. You can use top quality moisturizer, night cream or elite serum but if you don’t use the right product that your skin really needs, you can’t get the results that you expect.
What Causes Dry Skin?
There is no single cause of dry skin. Some people have dry skin type as inherited or skin dryness may occur with increasing age and several reasons.
As the age advances, it decreases the sebum produced by the skin. Decreasing sebum (oil); increases the dryness, impairs the skin’s barrier function and causes cracking due to dryness.
- Face wash with soap and using very hot water when washing face damages to the oil layer on the top surface skin. Weakened oil layer can not protect the skin and that causes dryness.
A dry climate with low humidity or dry air (for example, places where there is high temperature heating) causes the skin to lose water and dry.
- Environmental factors such as excessive sun, sharp wind and cigarette smoke are other strong causes to lose water and humidity of the skin.
Dry skin is more sensitive and permeable than moist skin. Due to Increased permeability; dry skins loses water more faster.
So, they are much affected from irritants and allergens. For protect the skin from all those unwanted problems, the skin must be moistened balanced and regularly.
Routine Skin Care for Dry Skin:
While maintaining the moisture balance of dry skin, we have to be careful how we do it. If you have a dry skin type, please do not take a bath with very hot water. Hot water damages the skin oil and increases the skin inflammation. To prevent this, you need to wash your skin with hot water. Tap water can be harsh on your skin. In the days of dryness is intense wash your skin with drinking water.
Do not use Soap with a high pH when washing your face. When cleaning your face, choose the appropriate products for dry and sensitive skin (for example; wash gel and cleansing milk). When washing your bodies, use a soft soap (natural concise) or shower gel. If you want to use soap for the body, use the cold produced by the process and containing glycerine soaps.
Effective Ways to Moisturize Dry Skin:
Moist skin has balanced water and oil levels between cell layers. When we take a bath or wash our face, our skin absorbs the water. If adsorbed water is not kept on the skin, the water evaporates and that increases skin dryness. After you do shower or wash your face dry gently with a towel. Then, apply your tonic and in 2 minutes. Immediately after, apply moisturizer serum or skin care oil by massaging softly to your skin. Thus, the wet products will remain under the skin and by preventing water loss; skin moisture and flexibility will be increased.
What Your Moisturizer Should Include?
In addition to the environmental factors; cosmetic products which are not suitable for skin and alcoholic tonics are also may causes skin dryness. At this point, it is very important that you review the contents before you buy the product.
Oil content in products; plays an important role in preventing dryness of the skin. Oil droplets fall between the dry skin surface and smoothes the skin surface. Natural oils should always be your first choice. Examples of natural oil; jojoba oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, squalene oil and ceramides.
Serum or moisturizer products that you are using; should contain humectants which attracts water to the skin. These may be; gliserin, sodium, hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sorbitol, butylene glycol, sodium pca, Alpha hydroxy acid and urea. We must remind that; hydroxy acid is 1000 times more effective than the glycerin.
Protein or peptide contained in the products supports collagen structure which is giving elasticity to the damaged skin. Proteins form a layer on the skin surface to soften the skin. This layer also prevents water loss.
Ideal moisturizing products for dry skin (serum, daily moisturizer, night cream, etc.) should contain the basic components mentioned above. In addition to these essential ingredients, products may also include plant extracts and stem cells which used against skin dryness.
For moist and healthy skin; make it a daily habit of the skin care. To get an effective result from moisturizing products; please use them regularly, at least 4 weeks. After healed your dry skin, do not neglect to care on a regular basis. Always protect your skin; against sharp wind, cold, extreme heat, smoke and too much sun.