Sick of Your Dry Skin? Here's What to Do!

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I’m so sick of having rough, scaly skin!

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Sick of your dry skin? Do you empathize with alligators and crocodiles? Do you long for the lush, radiant soft skin of your youth? Well, yearn no more. This article contains all the latest information on transforming your scales into silky soft skin.

What is the first thing I should do?

Well, before we get into the details, let’s make sure that you are really suffering from skin that is dry. Many women think they are suffering from this and so they buy a moisturizer formulated for dry skin but it does not seem to help. Perhaps you are really suffering from dead skin. If you put moisturizer on your face and your skin still looks scaly, it could be that you are not exfoliating your dead skin. Dead skin is often misdiagnosed as skin that is dry. If you use a moisturizer formulated for dry skin and it doesn’t seem to help, try exfoliating your skin with a wet wash cloth or a micro beaded scrub (steer clear of scrubs made with fruit or nuts, such as apricot scrubs, as the rough edges of the exfoliants can tear your skin). Exfoliate several times a week. If you notice that your scales vanish then you misdiagnosed your problem and it was dead skin all along.

How do I tell if I truly have dry skin?

Wash your face and pat it dry. Do not add any moisturizers or creams to your face. Wait about three hours and then press a tissue or blotting paper against your face. If no oil appears on the tissue or paper and your skin feels dry, flaky, and tight then your skin is dry. As you get older, the sebaceous oil producing glands of your skin produce less and less oil. The dry, flaky skin is your cue to start using a richer, creamier moisturizer with anti-aging properties. You may need to switch to an even denser, more emollient cream when Old Man Winter comes a knocking.

What is the proper way to wash my dry face?

The biggest mistake that those who sufferer from skin that's dry is washing their face more than once per day. In the morning just splash your face with lukewarm water. In the evening, wash your face with a milky cleanser and lukewarm water to remove dirt, makeup, and oil.

What is a good facial cleanser to use on skin that is dry?

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser has a nice, milky texture and is non-comedogenic so it will not cause breakouts. It is a favorite of dermatologists. It is available in drugstores.

What is the proper way to moisturize my face?

Another big mistake that those who sufferer from dry skin make is applying moisturizer to skin that is already dry. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Be sure to use a thick, rich, creamy formula for ultimate hydration.

What is a good facial moisturizer to use on skin that is dry?

Crème de La Mer is a favorite moisturizer of celebrities. But if it is out of your price range, fear not! Just look for a drug store brand formulated for skin that is dry with an SPF 15 or more which contain one or more of the following ingredients: glycerin, dimethicone, or hyaluronic acid. If you can’t find a moisturizer with an SPF 15 or higher you can wear your sunscreen over your moisturizer.

How can I actually treat my dry skin?

Once a week you should use a treatment with either retinol or alpha hydroxyl acids. Retinol encourages collagen generation which results in plumper, silkier skin, while alpha hydroxy acids slough off flaky skin to reveal fresh, new skin beneath. For years beauty experts and dermatologists encouraged drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day for supple skin. While that claim is now being disputed, it couldn’t hurt! Even if it does not moisturize your skin from the inside it helps your body and health in so many ways. And health is the foundation of beauty!

What is a good facial treatment to use on my dry skin?

Roc Retinol Actif Pur Night is a retinal treatment you can use once a week.

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