Winter is not the only season that brings out dry skin. The summer’s ruthless rays and dry heat call dry, flaky skin out to play, as well. Without the proper care for dry skin, you may see a new coming of rashes, dryness and blemishes. Aside from the aesthetic concerns that result from dry skin, it’s also uncomfortable as it may often mean itchiness, tightness or even pain. Dry skin is very common; everyday-causes include the wrong soap, hot baths, medical conditions or clothing.
Facials and face masks are important during the summer season because they cleanse and exfoliate the top layer of dry skin. Protect the skin’s acid mantel, which covers the skin and locks in moisture, by avoiding soap and water. If you can’t resist, use a mild soap and limit it to once in the morning. Too much wetting and drying of the skin dries it out.
Tip: Use a cream or oil-based cleanser in the morning and evening. Apply to the skin, massage in gently, let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe it off with a damp, soft cloth. If you use a toner, make sure it is alcohol free (Peter Thomas Roth Aloe Tonic Mist).
Recommendations: DDF Anti-Aging Non Drying Gentle Cleanser or Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser.
Use mild moisturizers without perfumes. For dry body skin, thick and greasy moisturizers are best. A simple test: put some lotion in the palm of your hand and flip your hand over; if it runs or drips, it’s not thick enough for dry body skin.
Tip: According to experts, many of us do not use moisturizers correctly. Don’t apply moisturizer on dry skin. Apply moisturizer when the skin is still damp (water helps lock in moisture). Pat your skin dry with a towel and apply the moisturizer. Let it sit for a few minutes and then towel off any excess product.
Recommendations: For the face: DDF Anti Aging Daily Protective Moisturizer SPF 15. For the body: MD Skincare Hydra-Pure Firming Body Cream.
Prolonged exposure to water (especially hot water) can wash away the skin’s protective natural oils. If your skin feels tight when you get out of the bath or shower, it’s dried out.
Tip: Choose showers over baths, limit it to a few minutes and use lukewarm water rather than hot. Keep the lukewarm water rule when you wash your hands, as well.
Soap can strip away the skin’s protective natural oils. The majority of people use too much soap; unless you’re a child or work in a job that really gets your dirty, the only parts of your body that need soap are your face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The other parts of us can do with simple rinsing.
Tip: Use a mild, creamy, moisturizing non-soap cleanser that contains glycerin or petrolatum and is fragrance-free.
Recommendations: For the face: see above. For the body: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Oasis Body Wash.
Moisturizers are much more effective on skin that is properly exfoliated.
Tip: According to Marcia Kilgore of Bliss Spa in New York, it is best to scrub skin when it is dry. Apply the scrub to the skin before you turn on the water. Mix with some lotion if the scrub needs moisture. Massage the scrub into the skin for a few minutes and then rinse.
Recommendations: For the face: DDF Anti Aging Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser. For the body: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads.
Our lips retain less moisture than the rest of our body and dry out more quickly. Licking your lips only dries them out more.
Tip: Use a toothbrush to brush your lips in a circular motion to remove dead flakes.
Recommendations: Use a lip balm or lip treatment such as the Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy.
Incase you weren’t paying attention before, the sun’s harsh rays dry out your skin.
Tip: Keep your skin safe from the sun with a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (reapply regularly).
Recommendations: Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 or DDF Enhancing Sun Protection SPF 30.