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Handy hacks to get silkier skin

Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. That is the basic skincare mantra. Every skin type has its own set of issues and chronic dryness is one of the top reasons for skin aging. You know your skin better than anybody does so take a cue from these dry skin guides in your journey to a dewier, and softer complexion,


 Soap or body wash for dry skin

Look for milder, “fragrance-free” soaps for dry skin. It is not the same as “unscented” soap which may still include perfumes. Experts say that for many people with dry skin, the best choice is a mild skin cleanser rather than soap.

Whatever you do, don’t use any harsh implements to wash yourself. Flannels, abrasive sponges or brushes can strip away that thin layer of natural oils that keep our skin moist and healthy. Using aqueous cream as soap is often recommended too.



Hereditary or a health issue?

Dry skin is often hereditary, like the in the case of acne. If either of your parents struggle with dry skin, you are more likely to deal with the same issue. While you cannot control your genetics, there are daily habits that could be contributing to your dry skin. Learning which behaviours dry out the skin and circumventing these habits can help clear up dry, irritated patches.



Identifying a good moisturizer

Experts recommend that people with dry skin get mild moisturisers that contain no perfumes or alcohols. Often a simple budget moisturiser can do a good job. The moisturiser must also be thick and greasy to seal in the moisture needed for good, dry skin care.

One simple moisturiser test is to put some of your lotion in the palm of your hand and flip your hand over. If it runs or drips, it’s not thick enough for dry skin.

Say ‘No’ to harsh ingredients

Cross out any product that contains toxic ingredients, fragrances, artificial dyes, and drying alcohols. All of which can potentially irritate any skin type but, since you have dry skin, which means you have broken skin, more of these ingredients penetrate your skin and run a higher risk for irritation.



Two moisturizers at any given time

Get one moisturizer for daytime which should contain broad spectrum UV protection with SPF 30. Your evening moisturizer has to have more regenerating components and heavier emollients in it. In both cases, antioxidants and skin rebuilding ingredients are a must-have.



Retaining its natural moisture

Once you begin to take care of your skin properly, the flakiness and itchiness of dry skin should improve within one or two weeks. In many cases, a good moisturizer will begin to make your skin look softer and suppler within minutes.

If you have a simple case of dry skin, begin by trying the suggestions in preventing it. If your dry skin persists, contact your doctor’s office for advice.



Natural home remedies for dry skin

*Apply an emollient cream two or three times daily to wet skin.

* Dry skin may be improved by taking lukewarm showers or baths and avoiding excess skin scrubbing. Hot water and harsh scrubbing can take away the natural oils that protect skin and make the skin even drier.

*Olive oil contains many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. It can soothe and condition dry skin all over your body.

* Honey is considered one of the best natural moisturizers loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. Thus, it helps lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. Plus, honey has many essential vitamins and minerals that help improve your skin’s health. - Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana



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