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Including how to moisturise for sensitive skin and the best face cream
Say goodbye to dry flaky skin!
If you have dry skin then you know that there’s very little that’s worse. Having dry skin can make your face feel tight and having those white flaky skin cells turn up out of nowhere can be a nightmare. Keeping your skin moisturized wherever you are is important but making sure you’re using the right skin care products for you is more vital.
There’s so many different moisturisers that it’s hard to know which one is right for you. If you have a very limited budget or just don’t know where to start then make sure your day cream has ingredients like hyaluronic acid which help hydrate your skin.
If you’re in need of a moister boost then try a cream that is made to reduce flaky skin and hydrate all year round. Ask your GP or even a make-up artist at your local store (like Boots for example) who will be able to help you pinpoint a good one to use as a base to stop your skin from feeling so dry.
When looking for information on the importance of moisturizer for dry skin, it is hard to know the difference between the different types of skincare products out there. While we know that dermatologists often recommend using a daily skin moisturizer, do we know which one to choose or what product may suit your skin type best?
Knowing which moisturizer will work for you can best be found by asking yourself a few questions and knowing your skin type. Do you know the difference between ointment, lotion, or cream? Is your skin dry? Or could it be a combination of oily skin and dry? While that may sound weird, it is possible to have oily skin that is dry.
Using a hydration cream or shea butter is a good start.
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Dry skin vs. oily skin that is dry.
What is dry skin? Dermatologists refer to dry skin as xerosis. It is mostly characterized by scaling, itching, and cracking of the skin that can be uncomfortable. It can develop from the weather, be a result of an underlying medical condition, or it can develop from the use of hot water or certain chemicals.
However, Oily skin that is dry is mostly caused by the change of seasons or the use of hot water. Dry skin is more common during the fall and winter months because the humidity levels are lower. Lower humidity levels contain less water in the air. The less water in the air prevents the skin from forming a protective shield of moisture on the skin.
Taking frequent baths in hot water also raises the risk of skin dryness as the hot water dries the skin. The hot water causes damage to the keratin cells which are located on our most outer layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis. Taking too frequent baths in hot water doesn’t give the body enough time to repair the damaged keratin skin cells and in turn, your body develops dry itchy and flaky skin.
Now, let’s look at the three types of most common moisturizes that dermatologist recommends. We’ll compare a lotion, cream, and skin ointment.
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A lotion, compared to a cream or skin ointment, normally has a greater percentage of water in the chemical formula and has a thinner consistency. It absorbs quickly, spreads easily, and feels very light on the skin. Since it is made up of a thinner consistency, lotions work great for oily skin and feel light on the skin.
Most creams are made of half oil and half water, so it’ll feel heavier on the skin compared to lotion. It will be a little greasier than lotion but the added oil helps to keep the water better adhered to the skin. Creams are normally preferred during the winter months as the oil also helps keep the lower humidity from entering the skin.
Skin ointments are made with mostly oil and very little water. The extent of oil usually is about 70% of the formula. Ointments are best for extremely dry skin and are best for hard dry patches that normally occur around the heels or elbows. Those with oily skin who are experiencing dry patches would most likely not benefit from ointment because it could possibly increase the production of oil on the skin.
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