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Skin Care Tips for dry skin

Skin care is a perennial problem, especially for women who have dry and mature skin. Women with oily skin also face a lot of problems, but this post will not discuss oily and combination skin specifically, as in reality most faces have a combination of dry and oily areas. A factor that you should keep in mind is that skin should be treated according to the prevailing weather conditions, which calls for lighter moisturizers in summer and heavier creams in winters for skins prone to dryness. Here are beauty tips to cope with dry skin and to give you healthy, beautiful and clear skin in just a few weeks.

Skincare Tips

Do you need a sunscreen?

Sunscreens play a very important role in the upkeep of your skin. They protect your skin against the sun’s ultra-violet rays, which are of two kinds: UVA and UVB rays. Hence the SPF or sun-protection factor should be 15 or more to protect your skin from both these rays, plus the label on the sunscreen should say that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreens have para-aminobenzoic (PABA), which is a powerful ingredient (in sunscreens). But some skins can show an allergic reaction to it. So if you want to avoid PABA, then look for sunscreens which are PABA- free.

Simple dry skin

Are u under thirty-five? Did you have an almost totally acne-free adolescence? Is your skin tight even several hours after washing? Did either one of your parents have dry skin? Does your complexion get ruddy and ‘pink cheeked’, especially in winter?

If you have answered yes to most of the questions, then you have simple dry skin.

Care of simple dry skin

Skin which has lost too much water by evaporation from the cells of the skin is called dry skin. This water-content can be controlled, by providing the skin with natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) such as, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acids and phospholipids (e.g. lecithin and mucopolysaccharides). These compounds are synthesized and added to commercial moisturizers.

Cleansing dry skin – The best form of cleanser for this type of skin is the rinse-able cream or lotion. It does not remove nearly as much oil as soap, and leaves a non-greasy, natural protective coating on the face that inhibits evaporation of water.

Protection from moisture and sun

Skin has a tendency to lose moisture, and moisturizing creams should be used to help the skin hold water and protect it against sun damage. Dry skin although does not cause the skin to age, but simple dry skin during youth indicates that a woman has the skin type that is at risk for early aging. Such skin is often very fine, thin and particularly sensitive to sun damage. Such a skin type needs ample moisturizing and sun protection.

Toning Astringents – Dry skin can benefit from a properly formulated astringent and not from those brands containing alcohol which tend to dry out the skin. If you read carefully, the ingredients of some astringents, toners and fresheners, may contain moisturizing ingredients like lactic acid, proteins, urea and lecithin which can counteract any drying effects of a dehydrating substance, like alcohol.

Masks

Although paste masks do the same as gel masks, they also absorb oil and water from the skin. This makes them as excellent masks for oily or acne troubled skin but far too drying for dry skin.

Suggestions for face masks – Use one egg yolk, a few drops of vinegar, a few drops of almond or peanut or olive oil and a broken capsule of vitamin E. These should be mixed and applied on the skin and left for 15 minutes and then washed off.

Facial saunas

We would suggest that you put a dry skin nourishing cream or mask and then steam your face. Take a bowl of hot water and put your face at a reasonable distance from it and cover your head with a towel in such a way that it forms a tent over the bowl. You should remain in this position for 5-7 minutes and then splash your face with cool water to close the pores. This should be done once in two weeks. The moist heat of the sauna dissolves excess oil and loosens the upper layer of dead cells and gives a good supply of water to the skin.

These skin care tips will help you keep your dry skin hydrated, leaving it clear, smooth and healthy. The next post will give you tips on taking care of mature skin; for women aged over thirty-five years.

1 Comment »

  1. Fashion Blog » Skin Care Tips for Dry and Mature skin said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    [...] Toning can make the skin seem firmer and the pores appear smaller, by creating a slight puffiness around the pores. Choose an astringent around the same guidelines established for dry skin. [...]

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