Hey FaceTory Fam! 🤗
We are back with our top tips for different skin types! Today, we are focusing on dry skin! Dry skin can tend to be a bit more sensitive, making it tricky to help heal and maintain. Sigh 😣. Well FaceTory, if you’re in this particular predicament, then never fear! We’re here to help! Read on for more details and tips on managing your dry skin!
What is considered dry skin?
If you are a dry skin type you may be experiencing skin that is rough, patchy, itchy, or tight. Maybe you have visible texture on your skin. Or, when you apply products, it feels a little uncomfortable and sensitive 😕. All of these point to a dry skin type! Unfortunately, these can also lead to the skin barrier being compromised. When your skin barrier is compromised it means that the outermost layer of your skin isn’t going to be able to function properly or protect your skin correctly, making it easier for irritants to affect your skin and damage it. Definitely not a good sign! 😣
So, what does your skin want?
Oil-moisture (aka sebum)! Dry skin craves oil-moisture. The lack of it is the reason why your skin is imbalanced and as a result, your skin is left feeling parched.
When you look for skin care products, look for ingredients that will help your skin gain moisture as well as retain it. Keep an eye out for humectant ingredients (ie: honey and aloe vera) that will help with hydrating your skin and pay special attention to more moisture-heavy ingredients, like oils or butter (ie: grapeseed oil, shea butter). The humectant ingredients will help bring hydration to your skin while the heavier moisturizing ingredients balance your skin and help build a protective barrier on the surface, making sure your skin stays moisturized and hydrated! 💦
Looking for some extra tips? Here are some of our favorites:
Exfoliate but do so gently and space it out
We know it can be tempting to want to exfoliate the dead/ patchy skin away but over-exfoliating will not help your skin! Start out exfoliating 1-2 times a week and space it out. Sugar scrubs are great options for exfoliating but never massage too roughly, you want to go in with a light hand and gently massage the scrub on your face. If you’re looking for an exfoliator that’s a bit milder, try out a peeling gel, some peeling gels contain AHA and some have fruit enzymes, these options are much more gentle on your skin and will do the job of removing dead skin cells and smoothing out your skin’s surface. Rough exfoliants that contain fruit pits, salts, or shells may cause your skin to get irritated and become drier, so try to stay away from anything that is too harsh for your skin.
Be mindful of heavy creams
Finding the right moisturizer can be difficult but the solution isn’t to slather on the thickest or most expensive moisturizer. You want to get one that is right for your skin. Try layering thinner, more hydrating and moisturizing products. Start from the lightest consistency to the heaviest and finish off with moisturizer.
Try the 7 skin method 💆♀️
The 7 skin method is a skin care regimen that is very popular in South Korea. This tip kind of goes along with tip #2! It consists of applying your toner 7 times. This practice is great for dry skin because you are layering hydration on top of hydration. Just make sure you are using a mild and alcohol-free toner that is made for hydrating, so your skin won’t dry out. Also, don’t feel like you have to do this every day! This can be done as a treat to help rebalance your skin.
Here are the steps:
- Cleanse your face and then, instead of patting dry with a towel, just use your hands to press and pat the excess water on your face. Leave your skin a little damp.
- Then go in with your toner with a cotton pad and gently swipe across your face. Wait for the skin to absorb the toner.
- Apply a quarter-sized amount of toner onto your hands and pat onto your face with your hands. Wait a few seconds for your skin to soak in the product after each application and repeat this step 5 more times. Pat pat pat!
- And that's the secret to the 7 skin! If you think that this wasn't hydrating enough for you, lock all that hydration in with a sleeping mask or a moisturizer of your choice!
Showers and baths 🚿 🛁
Okay, okay, we know. Hot showers on cold days are the best and ice cold showers on hot days just feels right! But try your best to refrain from this temptation! Overly hot water will strip the skin of its natural oils, making your skin even drier. Your best bet is to use lukewarm water when showering and washing your face. Oh, and immediately hydrate and moisturize your skin right after, of course!
Sheet masks will help bring beneficial nutrients back to your skin. They hydrate, moisturize, and soothe your skin. Although there are many sheet masks out there, dry skin types should focus on the masks that have soothing, moisturizing, and hydrating properties to help your skin get moisture, as well as retain it.
Thanks for reading! And remember,
Just keep glowing!✨
Love,The FaceTory Fam