Last week here we discussed how to treat oily skin, a condition that is common among teens and young adults. Then there are those of us who have dry skin, which can be just as challenging, only in the other direction. Just like an oily skin condition, a dry skin condition needs products that are geared toward it as well.
At The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, we teach our clients that when it comes to caring for their skin, the products and methods will vary based on the type of skin you have. While dry skin has it's own particular challenges, we would like to offer some suggestions here on how to take proper care of your skin care so that it stays looking beautiful and healthy.
As with anything, it helps to know what causes dry skin so that you know how to go about taking care of it. One common problem are the oil glands in your skin aren't functioning correctly. You must keep your oil glands lubricated so that your skin won't become dehydrated. This will make your skin not only look tight, but it will dry and tight as well.
Many people make the mistake of thinking summer is harder on your skin when in fact, winter can dry your skin out quickly. It is not unusually for those who have normal balance skin to have dry skin problems during the cold weather months. The harsh, cold climate is not ideal condition for skin!
Once you know what type of skin you have and where it originated, you can move forward and find a solution that gives you that soft, supple, healthy skin you want.
You need to establish a skin care regime first, which means you need to find the correct skin care products to use. First and foremost, never use regular bar soap on your face! No matter how expensive of a bar soap it is, it will dry your skin out. It is important to make certain to always use a face cleansing product appropriate for dry skin.
After cleaning your face, pat it dry, never wipe it dry! While your skin needs to be stimulated on a regular basis, you want to use only moisturizer that has a stimulator inside it. When you over stimulate your skin, it tends to make the dry skin worse. With the correct type and amount of moisturizer used daily, the water content is increased in the outer layers of your skin which is nourishment that it absolutely needs.
This brings us to making sure you drink plenty of water every day. Water is extremely important to your skin from the inside as it is on the outside. Along with a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables and at least eight glasses of water a day, you will keep your skin lubricated from the inside out, giving it that healthy glow.
Dr. Basner suggest avoiding bathing in too hot of water. Hot water will dry your skin out even more than it is naturally. Bathe and rinse in lukewarm water. Adding a bit of bath oil to your bath water is a great lubricant too. Along with using a moisturizer that is made for immediate use after a bath so that it adheres and soaks in slowly, your skin will have that healthy, shiny glow.
By ignoring dry skin, it can lead to other conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. It is important to implement a skin care regime that is just for dry skin. You're only born with one skin, so you need to take care of it and treat it so that it will last a life time.
If you aren't sure what type of skin you have or if the regiment and products you've been using aren't working for you, give us a call today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Basner. By enhancing the body, mind and soul, you will have that healthy, fresh and young skin for many years to come.