Dry skin, common issue to many, yet it is still a pain in the a** to manage if we have one. There is no fool-proof way to really determine exactly what may be the cause of dry and flaky peeling skin. For some, it may be a chronic condition that highlights a more serious skin concern ( a visit to dermatologist is advisable), but for most people, dry skin may be a temporary condition due to harsh weather, side effect of certain medicated creams/ soaps or simply hormonal changes. Please note that for the purpose of this article, we will only discuss the latter
I, like many other people suffer from this recently (in fact it occurs to me at least once a month). When the skin is dry and dehydrated it starts to get flaky, scaly and worst it leaves behind dark, burnt spot on your skin. (I blame it to my recent trip to Cameron Highlands or perhaps some hormonal changes due to the fact that I am going into my 31st birthday in few days time ). No moisturizer or cream seems to work during this “agony” period of time. There is no way you can avoid it, but the only thing you can do is to control or manage so it will not become worst. I have done some readings and researches on what exactly is dry skin problem and how best can we manage it. Do you know that, dry skin can cause the signs of aging to appear prematurely?
Quoting Sun Tzu in his book The Art of War “ Know your enemy and know yourself and you will always be victorious”. So let’s get started by understanding what actually dry skin is. Dry skin is essentially when the top layer of skin lacks the required amount of water it needs. This layer starts to break down and develop a flaky texture and/or with visible lines or cracks. The lack of moisture in the dry skin results form a decrease in the fatty acids (lipids) in the skin which is responsible for locking in the moisturize and keeping the skin soft and supple.
From my readings and my own experience, here are some of the conditions that might contribute to your dry skin problems.
• Changes in weather especially extreme weather conditions (hot or cold)
• Dry air
• Sleeping in the aircond
• Long, hot shower
• Chlorinated water from the swimming pool
• Harsh chemicals in soaps and detergents
• Excessive use of skin cleanser
• Flu/blocked nose ( a visit to doctor is advisable)
Now that you know the conditions that can cause your skin to dry and flaky, I would like to share with you eight (8) practical tips that I have learned throughout the years (from the internet of course) that you can do at home.
1. Avoid long, hot showers.
Hot water can dry your skin by removing naturally occurring oils. Skip hot showers in favor of warm ones and keep your shower duration to only five (5) to ten (10) minutes a day.
2. Use mild face wash
You should avoid soaps and cleansers that contain harsh ingredients like alcohol or retinoid. If possible, use face wash that originates from natural ingredients like aloe Vera. Avoid washing your face multiple times a day and it may be best to only wash your face at night. Owh, use warm water instead of hot or cold water
3. Apply moisturizer
Find a moisturizer that works for your skin and use it regularly, especially after shower. Applying it immediately after shower will help your skin retain moisture. It is best to choose a heavier, oil based moisturizer. Proper skincare routine will help to repair and retain moisture in your skin. Tips no 7 will discuss further on proper skincare routine that will you fight dry skin problem.
4. Aloe Vera and olive oil for dry skin
Using this natural remedy helps your skin to stay hydrated. Apply it on your face and massage it in, so it is absorbed into the skin. Leave the gel overnight. Alternatively, you can also use extra virgin olive oil. Use only a small amount mix with lavender essential oil or grapeseed oil and massage the concoction into your skin. Did I not tell you that aloe Vera extract is one of the active ingredients in our Makayla Collagen Mist?
5. Try a humidifier
Low humidity may be a factor in drying your skin. Use humidifier in rooms where you spend a lot of time. Adding moisture to the air may prevent your skin from drying. I’d personally suggest humidifier from Young Living is one of the best in the market right now as you can use it with their best-selling essential oils.
6. Avoid sleeping in the aircond
Night is the best time for your skin to repair itself, so avoid sleeping in the aircond if you are suffering from dry skin.
7. Facial mist helps you seal in extra moisture
Mist are effective at refreshing and plumping skin because of their ultra-hydrating properties. When skin is dehydrated, the acid mantle weakens allowing moisture that’s usually locked underneath your lipid barrier to evaporate out of the skin. Facial mist combat these damaging effects by flooding your skin with water. However, face mist alone doesn’t work for dry skin as it will easily evaporate and causes your skin to be drier than before. Therefore proper skincare routine must be taken into account. When using a water based mist as part of your morning routine, immediately apply your moisturizer onto your face (you have 60 secs window before evaporation begins, so it’s important to move quickly). Because water molecules are attracted to one another, skin is best able to absorb moisture when it is slightly damp. Another way to increase your skin’s hydration is by layering an application of face mist in between your skincare and make up products. For example, mist before applying moisturizer, again before primer and again before foundation. With each step, you are sealing in the moisture.
Look for face mist that are more than just mineral water in a spray bottle. A good mist should have moisture – locking ingredients in addition to water to bind hydration into the skin for e.g aloe vera extract, rose water and black raspberry seed oil. For a start, I recommend you to try Makayla Collagen Mist. It is rich in super hydrating ingredients and Vitamin C.
8. Avoid Coffee or Tea in the morning
Last but not least, try to avoid coffee or tea. Caffeine, is the most active ingredients in coffee. Have you ever noticed, having a cup of coffee on the morning, makes you pee? This is why caffeine dehydrates you. And as you might already know, dehydration leads to dry skin.
I really hope, my sharing this time will benefits those who suffers dry skin just like me. Always remember, be good to your skin because you’ll wear it for the rest of your life.