Dry Skin

Characteristics of Dry Skin

Dull-looking complexion, rough texture, flakes, itchiness, redness due to irritation, visible lines, and barely noticeable pores is characteristic of dry skin. This skin type produces very little sebum hence one experiences a feeling of tightness.

The skin barrier plays a major role in dry skin. The barrier does not retain moisture when the sebum is at a minimum level thus resulting in dry skin. Dehydration is a result of a lack of moisture in the skin. The skin barrier can also be affected by external conditions such as environmental factors e.g. sun, wind, snow, etc., or internal factors.

Other skin types such as oily or normal can also become dry as a result of using the wrong products.

How to manage dry skin

  • To manage dry skin it is important to ensure that it is properly moisturized by the use of humectants or other ingredients which aid in infusing the dry cells with moisture.
  • Using gentle exfoliating products helps to desquamate the rough dry skin resulting in smoother and fresher looking skin.
  • Warm water should be used for washing the skin as hot water dehydrates the skin further aggravating the dry skin which is highly prone to irritation.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps especially bar soaps and products that contain alcohol. These products further exacerbate the dryness.
  •  Use skin actives such as acids with caution so as not to damage the skin barrier.

Skin Cleansing

Welcome to my inaugural blog post, my name is Joy. I will be sharing tips and insights into one of my greatest passions " Skin Care"!

Now skin care is akin to fitness. A ripped body is not achieved in a day but it is attained by incorporating a consistent fitness regimen and balanced diet. Skin care had to be constant and takes into account other factors such as diet, physical fitness and emotional well being.

Cleansing

Facial Cleansing

An effective skin care regimen commences with cleansing. This ensures that all dirt, grime as well as any traces of makeup are eliminated. Utilize a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type i.e. either oily, dry, normal or sensitive skin.  Should your skin feel taut or tight after cleansing, it may be that the cleanser is not suitable for your skin type. Cleansers can come in the form of a gel, cream , oil, lotion or cleansing milk .

Use lukewarm water and a small amount of cleanser to cleanse your face. Gently wash your face, do not tug and pull at your skin like you would an article of clothing. A face brush or wash cloth can be used to ensure you get the dirt off. Repeat the whole procedure once more to ensure that the skin is well cleansed. Rinse and gently pat your skin dry.Cleanse your skin twice daily and you will be amazed at how proper cleansing can transform your skin.