Skin dryness is a pretty common issue in a tropical country like India, but conquering it can be a difficult undertaking. While it can be caused by a variety of causes such as the environment, weather, genetics, or pre-existing skin disorders, the appropriate type of moisturiser can help control the skin's dryness and counteract its adverse effects.
So, without further ado, here are some suggestions for selecting the best type of moisturiser for dry skin to keep it sufficiently hydrated.
The must-have super 3!
The ideal moisturiser should be efficient enough to maintain the skin’s barrier functions, without overdoing it and exacerbating the problem. In this regard, there are 3 ingredients present in every good moisturiser, streamlining their activities and replenishing the skin in the right way.
Humectants moisturise your skin by pulling water up from the dermis (second layer) to the epidermis (top layer) (epidermis). They also help shed dead and dry skin cells, and trap the atmospheric humidity to moisturise the epidermis. Hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, urea, sorbitol, etc., are some effective humectants.
Occlusives act in conjunction with humectants. They take it up a notch by reducing moisture loss, allowing your skin to stay moisturised for longer. Ingredients such as dimethicone, lanolin, petrolatum, etc., act as good occlusives in shampoos.
Emollients work like asphalt patches on a potholed road, filling in the fissures caused by dryness, and by softening and smoothing out your skin. Certain emollients can also function as occlusives, so you can get double the advantage by choosing a moisturiser with such ingredients. Mineral oil, virgin coconut oil, palm oil, are effective emollients which also act as occlusives. Ceramides and antiaging ingredients like vitamin C and retinol are also excellent emollients to look for.
Respect the dryness
The thing with dry skin is, with a little bit of care, it is very easy to maintain it healthy and hydrated. It is quite picky though, and needs the right combination of things to make it work. For example, light, watery moisturisers may not provide the expected results, but heavy moisturisers are usually effective for dry skin.
Moisturizers that contain antioxidants and additional oils aid in the relief of dry skin. When it comes to ‘creams’ vs ‘lotions’, creams and ointments are more effective than the latter. Lotions may cause irritations to your skin and induce stinging sensations if you have dry skin.
Say no to synthetics!
As crucial as seeking for chemicals that hydrate the skin is knowing what to avoid in order to avoid aggravating already dry skin. Synthetic colours, dyes, and alcohol are all big red flags for skin dryness, and moisturisers containing such ingredients aggravate rather than ease the problem.
Surprisingly, added scents can also irritate the skin. Many moisturisers contain synthetic smells and chemicals to appeal to the senses, and it is critical to identify and avoid these if you have dry skin.
Look for Natural Ingredients
Special glands in our skin create sebum, the natural oil that keeps our skin wet and lubricated. This is accomplished by holding the moisture that escapes from the skin's pores. When this oil barrier is compromised, water evaporates quickly, resulting in dry skin.
This can be mitigated by utilising natural moisturisers containing oil-rich components such as cocoa, olive oil, aloe vera, shea butter, avocado, and so on. Natural moisturisers with a lot of honey or coconut milk are another choice.
The correct moisturiser helps keep the skin naturally moisturised and moisturised by preventing it from losing its water content.
And there’s some more…
Aside from using the correct moisturiser, taking extra care of dry skin can help keep it glossy and healthy. Dry skin deteriorates drastically throughout the winter, and keeping it moisturised with linoleic acid-rich oils such as grapeseed, sunflower, hemp, and others will assist.
Using a soap rich in natural hydrating elements can help keep moisture trapped in the skin. Exfoliation of the skin is also vital, since a buildup of dead dry skin cells can lead to additional irritations.
In conclusion, skin dryness is something that may be effectively combated by using the correct moisturiser and exercising caution. Dry skin may have been a lifelong problem for you, but you don't have to put up with it any longer!
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