Dry skin can be quite bothersome. It can feel tight, itchy and flaky. It requires special care and treatment to add and retain moisture. Daily and effective cleansing is of the utmost importance, especially during the winter months.

Here are some skin care tips that will get on the right track in your journey towards healthier skin.

Cleansing your skin

When cleansing dry skin, avoid harsh soaps. Instead, use a mild cleansing milk to ensure that the dryness does not get worse. You should also avoid over-washing or washing your face too many times per day since this can strip away moisture and essential oils.

Your cleanser should feel moisturizing and revitalizing. Look for products that contain ingredients such as Polysorbate 85 or 60 and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.

Toning your skin

Persons with dry skin should avoid alcohol-based toners that cause dryness even further. Instead, use a toner that has either mint or honey in it. Apply the toner by using a cotton ball or pad. Swoop gentle all over your face and leave to dry. After that, you can then apply your moisturizer.

Moisturizing your skin

According to Anneke la Grange in her book, "How to Apply Makeup Professionally", be generous when it comes to nourishing creams and moisturizers. Creams containing Vitamin E can be used to postpone the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, apply eye cream to the under eye area to give an extra boost to the area.

This is a very important step! If you are using a heavier one during the daytime, remember to remove it thoroughly at bedtime.

Use moisturizers that contain emollients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, petrolatum, lanolin, paraffin, cetyl alcohol, squalene, and beeswax. These ingredients help trap moisture in the skin. My advice is to look for moisturizers that contain lactic acid or urea, which will help the skin to retain water.

Another way to keep your skin supple and hydrated is to give yourself an oil massage with a natural oil, such as olive or coconut after each wash. if your lips are cracked or chapped, olive oil works wonders. Alas, you can’t go wrong with drinking enough water. Think of your skin as a plant. Drinking enough water on a daily basis can help you to stay hydrated inside out.

Another hot tip – to compensate for the skin’s natural moisture loss throughout the day, it’s a good idea to buy a humidifier to infuse the air in your home with extra moisture.

Thank you for reading, and please share with someone you know who is dealing with dry skin.