No one has ever said my skin goal is to have dry, irritated, and flakey skin; it's quite the opposite. Who does not want to have a radiant and soft complexion? Dealing with dry patches and flakes on your face is annoying and can make your confidence level drop a few decimals.
We dry skin types know that our foundation's not-so-great experience is sticking to dry patches or dead skin chucks on our face. Some things defiantly intensify our dry skin when using the wrong skincare products for your skin type. Chances are, you may be doing something day in and day out that is causing your skin to get dry and damaged, and the moment you take out the culprit, your skin's barrier can naturally repair itself.
However, this does not mean all hope is lost. You can do tweaks, from using all-natural home remedies to changing up things in your skincare and daily lifestyle habits, to banish that dry skin in the butt and be on the road to a more supple and ultra-hydrated complexion that we all desire. Keep on reading to learn How to Repair Dry Skin in 9 Ways.
Determine if you are the Dry or Dehydrated Type.
Is Dry and Dehydrated Skin the Same Thing? NO! And the truth is that it is straightforward to mistake dry skin for dehydrated skin.
Dry skin refers to your skin type (like combination or aging), and dehydrated skin is the skin condition you are experiencing.
You can blame your genetics as a continuing factor for your dry skin, but you often have dry skin due to a lack of oil in your sebum. On the other hand, with dehydrated skin, your skin is lacking moisture big time. Triggers can be from drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, which in turn makes your skin look super drab, dull, and feel tight.
What is Dry Skin Then?
If you indeed are a "dry skin" type, this means your skin produces little to no oil. Since there is no oil to increase your skin's follicles or create bacteria, dry skin sufferers have tiny pores, which, luckily for you, you will not be prone to breakouts. Having a clear complexion and tiny pores doesn't' sound like a bad thing? What's the big deal? You are right; it doesn't sound all that bad, however; our skin needs oil to lock in moisture.
With missing oil, your face will appear irritated, rough, and flaky, and what's more, is that wrinkles can show up easier. Nooooooooooo!
The point being is that if your skin lacks the oil, it needs and has tiny pores, you are most likely a dry skin type. Plus, you are 100% likely to have dry skin if you have redness, irritation, and flakiness. On the other hand, if you feel that your complexion is dull and drab instead of fab and feel tight, you have dehydrated skin since your skin lacks much-needed hydration.
Here are Some Simple Tweaks You Can Do to Help Improve Your Dry Skin.
1. Refrain from Exfoliating Your Skin Too Much
Perhaps you think I can use my cleaning brush for my morning and nighttime skincare routine, which will help my dry skin go away. No, wait, stop that thought train.
That is way too much, as well as lathering on facial acid serums or retinol.
Anyhow, these habits will destroy and not help improve your complexion. The reality is that these habits are harming your skin by eliminating your skin's moisture barrier on the surface, causing irritation, dryness, and redness to occur.
When you use exfoliants, you risk harming your moisture barrier, protecting your skin, and responding with inflammation.
Some inflammation is necessary to help your collagen production and your skin's elasticity; however, solid and long-term irritation and inflammation can cause skin conditions like dehydrated skin.
However, we are NOT saying to skip the exfoliation altogether. You need to exfoliate sensitive and dry skin, to remove dead skin cells and buildup on your surface. If you don't, your skin will not absorb any hydration that you may try to apply.
Avoid using physical exfoliants and concentrate on using chemical ones. Try using AHA skin products (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) like glycolic acid or lactic acid that do a gentle exfoliation so you can keep your skin barrier happy since it will retain its moisture.
AHAs are made of naturally occurring mixtures of plants or sometimes animal products. Be as that may, here at Nonie of Beverly Hills, we are huge eco-enthusiasts, meaning we love the planet and animals as much as you do, and we are against animal cruelty in any way, shape, or form. We produce the best organic and vegan Alpha Hydroxy-based skincare products with all-natural ingredients from fruit, plants, and juices.
2. Chuck the Harsh Cleansers and Stick to Gentle Ones that are Sulfate-Free
The latest and greatest moisturizer that's getting all the hype will not save your skin if you use a harsh cleanser, which can dry your skin out even more.
Your everyday cleansers may contain toxic and harsh chemicals that can strip what little moisture your already dry skin may have.
You may be thinking, how can I tell if my cleanser is too harsh for my skin type? How does your skin feel after using the cleanser?
If your skin feels too clean or tight, most likely, you washed all of your skin's oil down the drain. To avoid this issue, shop for a gentle cleanser geared towards your skin type. Reach for something that has more hydration to restore your moisture supply.
Nonie of Beverly Hills has the perfect cleanser to help protect your skin from harsh chemicals, toxins, and pollution. Our AHA Cleanser is gentle yet effective in getting the job done. The best part, our products are created with all-natural ingredients that your skin will drink up immediately, removing dirt, oil, and other impurities.
3. Have a Faster Skincare Regime!
Immediately after you cleanse your face, be sure to use an alcohol-free toner, and moisturize right after.
You should not leave your skin exposed no more than one minute if possible. This will ensure that your skin will stay protected and feel soft afterward. Plus, since you will apply a toner and moisturizer right after washing your face, it will help lock in the needed moisture and hydration your dry skin needs.
If you also experience flaky skin, make sure to use a toner that has skin-soothing ingredients, like castor oil.
At Nonie, we have a fantastic AHA Skin Tonic that will refresh and soothe dry skin, giving you a radiant look.
Our tonic contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids and other ingredients like Hamamelis Water, Castor Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Citrus Mix of Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot & Neroli Oils & Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
4. Fix Your Dry Skin with a Quality Nighttime Moisturizer
Some of us think it is good to skip a night cream and let our skin breathe; however, moisturizer use is crucial.
Using a nighttime moisturizer and using a moisturizer period will help your skin repair itself while you sleep. In the daytime, your skin is in a protection type mode, warding off disturbances of the day like the harsh UV rays from the sun or pollutants.
When your skin is at rest while your sleep, your skin's absorbency is in full swing, allotting active ingredients to penetrate your skin at a deep level. This is when you can take on your dry skin issues because your skin is NOT in defense mode.
Our dry skin can't conserve itself from irritants, so it is up to us to build up our skin's natural barrier. What is the best moisturizer for dry skin? We recommend using a rich oil-based cream. This can help lock in moisture that your skin needs and keep you hydrated better than water-infused moisturizers. Remember choosing organic, and all-natural ingredients are top-notch for your skincare routine.
Not sure where to start to look for that perfect moisturizer for your skin type? Here at Nonie's, we got an array for you to choose from. We sell moisturizers based on all skin types.
Don't forget about your dry hands and dry feet this summer. Check out our AHA! Body Lotion, suitable for all skin types. Besides being infused and AHAs ingredients from fruits and other all-natural components, moisturizers at Nonie's contain Vitamins A, B, C & E. needed to revitalize and moisturize your dry skin.
5. Use a Humidifier to Add Extra Moisture to the Air Surrounding You
Potions and lotions may repair your dry skin, but something simple as plugging in your humidifier will help also.
Mainly if you live in a dry climate, not only does the humidifier add moisture to the air, it sways your skin's moisture to stay put.
6. Skip Hot Water (When Showering or Bathing)
When bathing, showering, or washing your hands, avoid very hot water.
Hot water can damage your skin and leave it feeling dry. Limit your time bathing to a maximum of 15 minutes and keep the water warm rather than hot. After you towel dry (gently pat dry!)
7. Never Miss Using Your SPF, All Year Round!
So, we already know that your dry skin harms your skin's moisture barrier. Also, your skin can develop minor cracks on the top layer, where moisture is supposed to stay in, and skin irritants to stay out. The cracks in your dry skin can add to the flakey look and may make your skin experience a burning sensation. If you do not repair this severe skin damage, this can potentially cause collagen and elastin to break down, which keep our skin looking forever young.
To protect your skin from cracking and premature signs of aging, it is imperative to keep it protected from the sun. We all know what this means, right? Yes, even when you are indoors, it is a good idea to wear sunscreen since your skin can get exposed to UV rays through any window you are near. Wear sunscreen year-round and reapply every 2 hours to keep your skin softer, glowing, and healthy.
Look for a sunscreen that works best for you and that you will want to wear daily, not just for protection.
Check out our AHA 15 SPF Sunblock Moisturizer here at Nonie. It is super nourishing and not sticky like others in the market. Our sunscreen contains all-natural ingredients like Coconut Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Orange & Lemon Oils, Coconut Emulsifier, Orchid Oil, and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. All these ingredients are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Using sunblock protects your skin from the harmful UV rays that can cause premature aging, wrinkles, sagging, loose skin, and, worse of all, increasing your chances of getting skin cancer.
8. Put Down the Cleaning Accessories
To help limit more damage to your dry skin, try to limit the use of scrub brushes, washcloths, and bath sponges.
When using these accessories, make sure to use them lightly. The same concept goes when using a towel, do not rub your skin hard; pat dry.
9. DIY Vegan Home Remedies to Take Care of Dry Skin
Moisturizing and even-complexion avocado face mask
Leave on for 5-10 minutes
½ a mashed avocado
½ teaspoon of lemon juice
½ teaspoon of lemon zest
Why this vegan face mask is good for your skin: While mashed avocados moisturize and promote regeneration, lemons' influential Vitamin C content firms and tightens skin. Never throw away old avocados again!
Coconut Aloe Cream
- coconut oil (about a cup)
- aloe gel from 2 aloe leaves (the organic bottled aloe vera gel at stores like Whole Foods will also work, make sure it's 100 percent pure aloe vera gel)
- Make sure the coconut oil is at least room temperature. If not, place the jar in a pot on the stove in some water and warm up a bit to soften.
- Mix the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar. It will keep for one week at room temperature with fresh aloe and up to three weeks with bottled aloe from the health food store.
- Apply to your skin as needed and pat dry to remove excess oil if it goes on too heavy.
Aloe and coconut are two of the most healing skin applications you can use. Coconut oil is excellent for your immune system and fights bacteria while also moisturizing the skin. Aloe will help soothe redness and even sores you might have from dry skin. It also aids in healing quickly.
Avocado And Banana Face Mask (for Intense Hydration)
You Will Need
- Two tablespoons avocado (mashed)
- One tablespoon ripe banana (mashed)
- One teaspoon jojoba oil
- One teaspoon lemon or orange juice
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl.
- Spread the mask evenly on your face.
- Leave it for 15-20 minutes or until it dries.
- Wash with cold water and pat dry.
- Spritz toner on your face and follow up with a light moisturizer.
Banana And Turmeric Face Mask (For Dry and Dull Skin)
You Will Need
- Two tablespoons banana (ripe and mashed)
- One teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Mix the mashed banana and turmeric in a glass bowl.
- Add the baking soda and combine.
- Apply the mask over your face and let it dry.
- Wash with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
Beet and Coconut Milk Facial Mask
You may be surprised to see vibrantly crimson beets on a list for sensitive skincare solutions. However, you don't need to worry! Beets won't stain your face; in fact, beets add a natural glow and extra soothing moisture. Beets are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties, offering excellent benefits for your skin. Don't want to put beets on your skin? It seems a bit gross; we get it, then drink some beet juice instead. Beet juice does wonders for the skin as beets are potent detoxifiers, helping flush the liver and keeping your cells healthy.
- 2 tbsp finely grated beet or 1-2 tsp beet powder
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (or coconut cream for a thicker mask)
Start with clean skin. Combine both ingredients in a bowl. Use finely grated raw beets for at thicker consistency or add beet powder to coconut milk for a more refined, less chunky face mask. Apply the mixture to the face and allow to dry (about 15-20 minutes). Rinse with cold or warm water.
Shop at Nonie of Beverly Hills to Take Care of All Your Dry Skin Need
Now that you know How to Repair Your Dry Skin, you will be able to squash that flakey, scaly skin in its tracks. Knowing the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin is more than half the battle. If you're still having trouble selecting the perfect skincare products to help your dry skin, we at Nonie of Beverly Hills have the answer for you.
Check out our excellent assortment of AHA skin care products and different types of moisturizers that you can select. Our AHA! Protein Moisturizer for Dry/Mature Skin may be the perfect solution for your dry skin. The formulation is the perfect skin food for your dry skin. This light formulation contains skin-soothing vitamin A, B, C, & E, which also moisturizes and exfoliates dead cells and increases cell renewal for soft and healthier-looking skin
We have everything your skin needs to relax, release, restore and renew for the summer that is in full swing. We are sure you will love our products so much, that we have a subscription option now available. Take a peek at our website for information.
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Written By: Merri Wong