Dry skin can be a real problem in dry climates like Colorado. Dry skin will have almost invisible pores, a dull and rough complexion, less elasticity, more visible lines at an earlier age and unless addressed, and red patches. It can be caused by or made worse by ageing, hormonal changes, weather, ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds, indoor heating, long hot baths or showers, ingredients in soaps, lotions, medications or just genetics. All of these things can disrupt you skin’s acid mantle.
When dry skin occurs, most people grab any moisturizer and slap it on to help relieve the itchiness and dryness they feel. This may make the skin feel better for a while, but some of the ingredients in these lotions may be part of the problem!
Get Rid of Dry Skin
Here are a few things you can do to help you get rid of dry skin:
Take shorter showers or baths in warm, not hot water.
Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps all together. Their PH levels are very high, 7 or more. The skins PH is around 4.5. These harsh soaps strip your skin of all the healthy oil, leaving it dry, cracked and sore.
Do not scrub the skin while bathing or drying.
Apply a rich moisturizer right after bathing. On the face, be very careful to apply a moisturizer that attracts moisture and growth factors and peptides that rebuild the skin.
Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
If your hands and feet get dry and cracked, sleep in gloves and socks after applying Vaseline to the dry skin.
Oily skin can be real problem and lead to other skin problems like acne. Oily skin usually has a shine shortly after washing and makeup just seems to roll off. It has enlarged pores throughout the face and will appear dull, shiny and thick. Blackheads, pimples and other blemishes appear. Oily skin can improve in drier climates but become much worse in humid ones. Puberty, other hormonal imbalances, and stress can also bring more oil to the skin.
Get Rid of Oily Skin
The bad news is we can’t really turn the oil off. However, even if we can’t get rid of oily skin, we can take steps, so it won’t be such a problem. Here a few suggestions for caring for oily skin:
Wash your skin twice a day with PH balanced soap. Gel cleansers work great to cut through the oil and remove makeup. Again, PH balanced cleansers are key to not stripping the skin. Try not to scrub oily skin.
If you have acne, see an Acne Specialist trained in acne care. Don’t pick, squeeze or pop pimples. Scaring is a real danger. Use ice on pimples instead.
Use products that are labeled as noncomedogenic. They will not clog pores. However, everything that says noncomedogenic is not always. Learn to read ingredient labels.
Use toners with low percentages of glycolic or salicylic acid. Oily skin responds well with these products. Toners can help remove any left over oil on you skin. They are portable and can be carried in your gym bag.
Proper exfoliations can help. But don’t over exfoliate with harsh scrubs or spinning brushes.