NYC dermatologist shares skincare advice he gives his patients
- How Can I Prevent My Skin from Drying Out?
- What’s The Best Dry-Skin Ingredient?
- Will Exfoliation Make My Dry Skin Worse?
- How Can I Choose the Best Moisturizer for Me?
- Why Does My Skin Feel Dry in Winter?
- Is Drinking Water Really Important for My Skin?
After a shower or bath, try this technique for moisturizing -- keep the bathroom door closed to preserve the steam. Gently towel dry your body and apply moisturizer to skin that is damp. Skip hot baths and showers and choose cleansers that don’t completely strip the skin of its natural oils.
For healthy looking hydrated skin, I recommend looking for products with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring ingredient found in the body that is completely compatible with the skin. It helps plump skin and reduces fine lines, deep facial wrinkles and folds.
It is still important to exfoliate your skin during the winter because dry skin can clog pores. However, scrubs and physical exfoliants can be too harsh on dry skin. Remember that dry skin is skin that is out of balance and it behaves like sensitive skin, becoming easily irritated. To avoid irritation try chemical exfoliation with gentle alpha and beta hydroxy acids.
Dry skin types should gravitate toward creams and lotions in their daily regimen and avoid alcohol-based toners. I recommend starting out by using a moisturizer in the form of a lotion, which is the lightest weight and so the least likely to cause breakouts. If your skin still needs more moisture, move up to a cream version, which has more oil in it. The next step would be to switch to formulations geared to “extra dry,” followed by those for “severely dry” skin if necessary. You might find it necessary to switch moisturizers or adjust their frequency from time to time, such as with the change of seasons, or depending on what other products you are using.
A sign that you have dry skin is if your skin often feels tight (especially after cleansing).
High temperatures (during the spring and summer) cause our bodies to produce more natural oils. This production slows in the winter resulting in dry skin. There is less humidity in winter air, which causes moisture to evaporate off of our skin. In addition, the warm baths and hot showers (which we are inclined to take during the cold winter months) have a drying effect while chlorination in our tap water is stripping.
Not drinking enough water causes dehydration of both the skin and body. This makes our complexion look less firm, radiant and plump. A lack of water in the circulatory system leads to less circulation to the skin. As a result of this reduced blood flow, the skin receives fewer nutrients, vitamins and oxygen.