Dry skin can feel tight, irritating, and uncomfortable, as well as spoiling the appearance of your complexion. If you have a dry face, choosing the right skin care products to nourish it and lock in moisture is important, but getting the balance right without making your face feel oily and sticky can be a challenge.
Dry skin on faces is often worse during the winter months of the year when the weather is colder and the wind is harsh – but patches of dry skin afflict many people all year round. If you have combination skin that includes both oily and dry patches, tacking these two polar issues at once can be difficult.
If you suffer from patches of dry skin on your face, don’t despair. I’ll share some tips and advice on how to deal with them in this blog post.
Effective skin care for any skin type relies upon more than just tackling the issue topically – and failing to drink enough water is one of the main and yet most commonly overlooked causes of dry skin on faces.
Try to drink at least two litres of fresh, clean water every day, and reduce your consumption of things like coffee that can serve as a diuretic.
Steer Clear of Harsh Skin Care Products
Dry skin on faces can be worsened or even caused by using overly harsh skin care products that strip the skin of its natural oils and leave it sore and vulnerable to damage.
Make sure you’re using the right type of products for your skin type and any particular problems. This is something that you should review regularly, as your skin tone and texture may well change over time. Working with a specialist skin care consultant can help you to fine-tune your beauty regime and ensure that you’re using the most appropriate products for your age and skin type.
Choose the Right Type of Moisturiser
If you suffer from dry skin, you might be tempted to choose a thick, heavy moisturiser to provide hydration and keep your skin feeling comfortable all day. However, products that aren’t easily absorbed and just sit on the surface of your skin won’t nourish the deeper layers of the epidermis, which is where they really need to work to keep your skin hydrated and counteract dry patches.
Don’t automatically assume that a thick emollient cream is the best choice – consider using a nourishing emulsion or gel like Quantum Botanika’s Hydrating Gel good for all skin types.
Check for Irritants and Allergens
If your skin feels tight, sore, or uncomfortable and you tend to find that your dry skin is worse after you’ve completed your skin care routine than beforehand, you might be reacting to a certain ingredient you’re using.
Even if you don’t tend to suffer from sensitive skin as a rule, it is worth considering the possibility that one (or more) of the products you are using is irritating your skin, or triggering an allergic reaction.
Tackling Dry Patches
Isolated patches of dry skin on faces can be challenging to treat, because the products that are suitable for these areas of your skin might not be appropriate for the rest of your face.
Targeting dry skin patches may well mean that you’ll need to use a selection of different products for different areas of your face, in order to even up your skin tone and resolve localised issues.
Taking a one size fits all approach to your own unique skin care challenges won’t work if you have combination skin, so be prepared to experiment until you find the right balance.