Dry, flaky skin can be irritating and painful. With the changing of seasons, going into the cold, windy months, there are more ways moisture is lost from our skin. It seems like a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. There are a few areas on my face I usually struggle with, so I will share with you the things I change in my regular skin care routine to bring back that dewy freshness!
According to New Beauty Magazine Moisture lives within the three layers of our skin:
“The outer layer of skin, the epidermis, protects skin and its underlying structures and is where moisturizers sit. Multiple layers make up the epidermis – the stratum corneum is the top layer comprised of dead skin cells that attract and pull in water from outside sources. it makes the skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF) lock moisture in. The middle layer, stratum granulosum, let’s water in, but not out. Hyaluronic acid is housed in the stratum spinosum layer.
Below the stratum corneum is a layer of fat, where the skin’s natural (lipids) also live.
The lower-most layer of skin, the dermis, is a network of connective tissue that house the skin’s water. This is where fillers and collagen-stimulating products are delivered.”
You can see that a good portion of moisture is kept in the top layers, so that being subject to heated air from radiators or space heaters, and the cold wind, can draw away moisture that is usually maintained at other times of the year. Perhaps you are enjoying a few more celebratory drinks during the holidays, maybe eating those yummy baked goodies throughout the day, and loving the wonderful spiced lattes or other coffee drinks that can also dehydrate us. The results are dry, flaky skin, sometimes even chapped and irritated, giving us a dull, lackluster look.
Here’s how I get my glow back:
- Drink more water throughout the day, and one large glass of water right before I turn in for the night.
- Eat foods that have natural water like greens, and those rich in antioxidants like blueberries.
- Make sure to get enough good oils, like flax seed, olive oil or other omega rich foods.
- If it is really, really dry, using a humidifier in your room at night will help. A lot.
- Exfoliate regularly – I use a mild, yet effective acid peel twice a week, a beauty gadget in between alternating with a sugar beet crystal scrub.
- An extra pump of my night repairing moisturizer, even in the morning on my dry spots, goes a long, long way. Putting moisturizers on damp skin, after lightly patting dry from your shower, will help lock in the extra moisture.
Sometimes the soaps from public washrooms will dry out my hands even more. I always have a really effective moisturizer in my desk, and will slather on a layer, even two, until the dryness is gone.
All in all, if you can minimize your skin’s exposure to the drying elements, move along the old skin so your moisturizers can absorb better, putting them on while you skin is moist and applying liberally, I think you can find relief from your dry skin. Adding the extra water, and healthy foods will prevent it in the future. I hope these suggestions help you!
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