Dry Skin Rx-The Weather Outside is Frightful- Prep Your Skin
Protect your face from getting dry skin this season, protect from the cold harsh elements. Basically, this year, keep your skin from becoming a dried up, parched, raisin face!
DRINK UP FOR DRY SKIN!
I am going to start with the number one tip that you already know to do. You’ve heard it time and time again but drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated will do far more wonders for your face then any cream or technique that’s popular at the moment. Just like the rest of your body, your skin needs water, it’s an organ made up of cells which are made of water. Without water your skin will turn on you. It will become very tight and dry. When your skin becomes tight and dry it can form wrinkles so much easier. Wrinkles and dry skin is the enemy and the #1 antidote is right there at your fingertips…water! Now there is some debate on how much water you should drink, the old standard was always 8 glasses a day but that actually falls short from today’s standards according to IOM, the Institute of Medicine. An average of 11 cups per day for women and 15 cups for men is now considered the healthy mark. Unfortunately, the water you consume caters to all your other organs first so you really need to get that full amount so that it will fully hydrate you so that your skin gets the maximum benefit.
So how can you manage to keep track of all that water you are drinking? Well instead of tracking every drip just make sure to drink water with every meal and a few in between and this should keep you close. The best rule of thumb is to stay hydrated enough to not have to feel thirsty at some point during the day. Once your body is thirsty, it’s telling you that you left it dry a bit too long and that it’s not hydrated enough and needs water pronto.
HOT H20 is a NO NO for dry skin.
This one is one that I am personally guilty of doing. I like ridiculously hot showers. Ridiculously hot. Especially, when the weather is cold. The hot water warms up my body and even if I step out into an air conditioned area I still feel so warm but… it’s not helping me keep that dewy skin look that I love so much. Too much hot water helps evaporate your skin’s natural hydration! While I never wash my face with hot water I’m not doing any favors to the rest of my body by steaming out my own natural hydration. There are products that can help though (if you’re like me and will probably not stop turning the dial to hot, hot, hot). For your face, there are plenty of micellar gentle liquid cleansers that don’t even require you to rinse! However, if you are like me and you cake and bake your makeup, that just won’t cut it. First its makeup removers, cleansers, easy massaging and major moisturizing. For the rest of your body wash with a cleansing oil that has soybean oil which helps fortify and protect your skin’s own moisture barrier. Make sure you are also massaging your facial moisturizer on to your face as opposed to rubbing it. Massaging your skin care on to your skin helps to reach deep into the rough patches of your dry skin. No more raisin face! :p
Choose Your Makeup Wisely When It Comes To Dry Skin!
Buy hydrating makeup to avoid dry skin. Makeup products can definitely play a part in having dry skin or even making you look like you have dry skin (even if you really don’t). Try creamy makeup that contains hydrators like glycerin or vitamin E. If you don’t know where to start or what products to try, keep reading below!
I got to sit down with the head stylist at Event Makeup in San Diego, Carina Hernandez who gave us some awesome tips on what makeup to try!
“I recommend starting with the “Too Faced Hangover Primer,” it has coconut water, probiotics and electrolytes which is all great for dehydrated, dry patchy skin.” Following that primer she said to use the “Too Faced Born This Way” foundation. This foundation gives a natural finish. Another option is the, “It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, SPF 50+” it will be your one & only all-in-one: spf + moisturizer + full coverage foundation. You can set it with a soft focus powder like, “Too Faced Cocoa Powder” to blur any imperfections or if you want to maintain the “dewy look” set your t-zone with a translucent powder like “Bye Bye Pores” by “It Cosmetics.”