Dry skin tends to lack lipids, it is thinner and more susceptible to dehydration than other skin types. It feels dry, less supple and is more prone to rough patches, which may even peel in places.
Various external influences can also exacerbate moisture loss and intensify these signs, including temperature changes, very hot showers, frequent use of inappropriate soaps and cleansers, exposure to wind and sun… Your skin might then start to feel itchy and tight or you may experience other sensations of discomfort which can become unpleasant in daily life.
Dry skin is more fragile than normal or oily skin and so needs comfort and special care, first and foremost, with a tailored beauty routine.
1. Use an appropriate make-up remover and cleanser.
Choose gentle make-up removers such as cleansing oils to comfort your skin and avoid friction from cotton pads.
Non-rinse make-up removers such as micellar water or a cleansing milk are another good option. For even gentler application and to avoid any burning sensations, apply your cleansing milk with your fingertips rather than a cotton pad.
When choosing your cleanser, look for a gentle and ultra-rich product. Avoid over-cleansing your face too, as this can deplete the lipids in your skin’s protective barrier, and limit the use of rinse-off products to once a day.
2. Exfoliate your skin regularly.
3. Choose an appropriate day and night cream.
4. Apply a nourishing body care.
5. Protect your hands and lips.
6. Care for the driest areas.
- Avoid very hot water as this will alter your skin’s hydrolipidic film and make it feel dry, or even affected by tugging sensations after your shower.
- Gently dab your skin with a towel after showering rather than rubbing it.
- Choose soft materials such as cotton for your clothing and avoid wool or synthetic garments which could be irritating for your skin.
- Finally, make sure you drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated and eat a balanced diet rich in essential fatty acids such as omegas, found in fish or eggs, for example.