Hydrating facial for dry skin
most often occurs on the shins,
hands and sides
of the abdomen. It is more common during the winter months, when humidity is
low. Some people also have a genetic, or hereditary, tendency to develop dry
skin. Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that
can be wholly or partially controlled. These include exposure to hot or cold
weather with low humidity levels and excessive bathing.
Facial Tips for Dry Skin
Dry skin needs a lot more care than most other skin types, so do this facial
once or twice a week until
moisture levels are boosted.
Exfoliate. Using your gentle facial scrub, rub the skin in a circular motion.
Concentrate on areas like the nose and forehead. Some scrubs can dry the skin
out, so rinse well.
Cleanse the skin with a milky cleanser. Doing this after the exfoliation will
help remove any deep-down grime rather than just polishing the dead skin cells
on the surface. Wipe it away with cotton wool; it’s less absorbent than tissues
and so will leave more protection on the skin.
Spritz or splash your skin.
Toners are a no-no on dry skin as they will
dehydrate it. Instead, freshen up your face with a spritz of facial mist or a
splash of cool water. Absorb any excess afterwards but don't completely dry the
Now apply a hydrating
mask. Look for emollient or humectant ingredients in
these - or try the mask indicated below. Leave
this for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off. Again, leave the face damp.
Apply your moisturizer. The best way to do this is by patting the skin with
your fingers – this helps bring blood to the skin.
Top Five Tips for Dry Skin
Only cleanse your skin once at the end of the day. This will remove dirt and
grime but will prevent further drying. In the morning, a splash of water and
some moisturizer are all you need.
Exfoliation is essential for dry skin. When choosing your facial scrub, avoid
any made from seeds or salt – these can have sharp edges which may tear dry
skin, increasing moisture loss.
Never expose your skin to really hot water. It dries out parched skin.
Never dry your skin completely. One of the best ways to hydrate dry skin is
just to pat it with the towel after washing, then apply moisturizer to seal in
that extra moisture. Use heavier creams or ointments during the winter months
and lighter lotions in the summer.
Increase your intake of oily fish or take a supplement of essential fatty
acids. One of the main tell-tale signs of deficiency of these essential
nutrients is dry, flaking skin.
Face Mask for Dry Skin
Honey and avocados are particularly rich in moisturizing properties. For the
perfect skin food mash together the following ingredients:
Apply to your face and leave for five minutes before removing with a flannel and
some tepid water.