Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Spotlight on: Dry Skin

Dry, flaky skin can not only be unattractive, but also uncomfortable. According to Sephora, the way to tell if your skin is dry is to “lay your finger just above your jaw line, extending it toward the chin. Then, gently glide your finger upward toward the cheekbone. If you notice any sort of creepiness to your skin texture as you work your finger up your face, your skin is parched.”

Here are a few steps to care for dry skin:
  • Avoid soap. Instead wash your face with a moisturizing cleanser like Olay’s Moisture Rich Cleanser or Philosophy’s Purity.
  • Exfoliate. Removing dead, flaky skin cells will help rejuvenate your skin and may cut down on persistent dryness. It will make your skin look brighter and more vibrant. If skin is inflamed, don’t exfoliate—doing so will only cause more problems. With dry skin, its best to exfoliate about once a week. Clinique makes a whole slew of great exfoliators that are worth a look.
  • Moisturize. Moisturizer replenishes skin by locking in and adding moisture. For extra dry skin, consider spritzing you skin with water before applying your moisturizing cream. Use your favorite product, but be sure to use a light hand when doing so.
  • Cut back on hot water. Hot water is very drying to your skin, so turn down your tap and opt for lukewarm water instead. And always pat your skin dry—don’t rub it with a towel. Doing so may only irritate your sensitive skin.

If you suffer from dry skin, take some solace in the fact that your pores appear smaller than those with oily skin. Also know that there are tons of products on the market designed to help care for your troubled skin.

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