The most common reason for dry, itchy skin is a no-brainer: it is due to lack of moisture in the skin. But how does our skin lacks moisture? Our skin gets dry when the barrier is hindered and lacks necessary healthy fats from the topmost layer of our skin-epidermis. Usually, the top layer of our skin has natural oils and dead skin cells that help retain moisture and keep skin soft and smooth. But if this layer lacks water, the protective oils get decreased, resulting in skin dryness.
Dry skin is not a major concern. It is an ordinary problem that can happen in any gender, people of all ages, and any part of the body (most commonly legs, arms, and face). Dryness can make our skin look flaky, red, and itchy, which can be uncomfortable but not worrisome. But sometimes, dry skin can be severe, and it might be due to some health issues. If dryness makes someone unable to sleep or work, or if the skin bleeds or gets cracked, they should consult a doctor immediately.
5 ways to battle dry skin
Here are some right products and skincare regimen that can help you get rid of skin flakiness and dryness.
1. Do not over-cleanse
Cleaning your face repeatedly or for more than 1 minute can cause dryness. The natural moisturizing agents from our skin are swept away with cleansers. Also, chemicals in the water strip your skin of natural oils which leads to dry, itchy, and irritated skin. So, use a RO water filter to get the benefits of clean water. Experts recommend using wash the face before going to bed and in the morning, just do a quick rinse. For dryness, you should either use an oil-based cleanser or a gentle, soap-free cleanser.
2. Hot water baths
Hot showers are super relaxing, but prolonged exposure to hot water can strip away the skin’s natural oils from the top layer of skin and cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, and even flaking. Use lukewarm water in showers and spend no more than 10 minutes. Also, pat dry your skin after a shower to avoid irritation and peeling.
Try to rinse your face with normal cold water only because our facial skin is soft. Hot water affects our skin’s natural barrier, which further creates a pathway for bacteria and other outside threats to enter your skin.
3. Stop over-exfoliating your skin
Exfoliating your skin to get rid of dead cells holds vital importance in skincare but over-exfoliating can lead to irritation and more dryness because it takes away the natural moisture from your skin. It will lead to severe dryness even after ample moisturization.
Penta Peel Pads by FCL Skincare is a Dermatologist-Recommended chemical exfoliator loved by 9 out of 10 customers. It is an easy, at-home chemical peel treatment enriched with 5 acids that exfoliate and moisturize your skin because it has hyaluronic acid too.
Moisturize your skin multiple times a day, especially after taking a shower. And apply it on damp skin, and you will see the changes within minutes. Go for a dermatologist-recommended product that will help retain moisture in your skin and make it look healthy and hydrated.
Go for healing ingredients in your moisturizer or body lotions like oat silk, shea butter, vitamin E and cocoa butter. If your skin is extremely dry and you have Keratosis Pilaris, you must look for anti-inflammatory ingredients like Linoleic Acid. It provides moisturizing and healing support to the skin and facilitates the penetration of other active ingredients.
When you experience dry skin, your first thought may be to pile on moisturizer. And while that’ll help, and you’ll likely see changes within a few minutes, that’s a temporary solution. It may be more beneficial to get to the bottom of what’s causing the dryness in the first place. You might be surprised by what you find — some skin dehydrators lurk in surprising places.
FCL Oatsilk body lotion is a non-comedogenic body lotion that can be easily applied to the face and neck because it does not leave any visible residue. On dry skin, you can use cream-based or lotion sunscreen Light-weight SPF 80 Lotion- a dermatologist-approved and recommended broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated especially for dry skin. If you have oily skin in winter, use a gel-based chemical or physical sunscreen from FCL Skincare. If you have mature and wrinkled skin, you can opt for a retinol-based serum and body lotion for your body. FCL Bio-Retinol is a trending lotion that is added with Bioeffect, vitamins and plant fats that increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production in your skin. Hence, improved elasticity and decreased skin roughness.
Look out for the best creamy masks available in the market, as they are deeply nourishing. Made up of different nourishing and moisturizing agents, these masks come in leave-on and rinse versions. Hydrating mask from FCL Skincare is the best choice for dry skin. From dryness and dehydration to acne and large pores, this mask helps in almost everything.
Be consistent with your skincare routine for dry skin. If something does not work for you, try some other thing that will work for you!