Holla Hydration

In the latest installment of The Skin I’m in series, I’ll being covering dry skin. With winter coming up, it’s great to start getting prepared and this guide can be helpful when it comes to the changing seasons and your skin.

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What causes dry skin?

In order to buy the best skin care products that are suited for your unique skin, you need to look at what’s causing your dry skin. Here are some of the most common factors.

Steamy Showers

While that 20 minute hot shower might feel ah-mazing after Volleyball practice, it’s not doing much for your skin. It can strip the natural oils from your skin leaving it dry and itchy. Prevent that by keeping your showers and baths as cold as you can stand it. Also be sure to keep towel drying to a minimum and rub a thick body butter afterwards.

Harsh Skincare Products

Rubbing just any old bar of soap on your face can also strip the natural oils. Use gentle yet hydrating skin care products to soothe your skin.

Low Humidity

Ever notice that you have to moisturize more often during the winter? And how your normally dry skin might appear oily and greasy during the summer?  That’s the magic of humidity. Be sure to adjust your skincare to the changing seasons.

Poor Diet

Not getting enough  of essential fatty acids,  vitamin E, some dietary minerals, & biotin can take a toll on your skin. Avoid processed greasy food as much as possible and be sure to take a multi-vitamin.

Too much Caffeine

It might be time to stop your daily Starbucks habit or at least slow it down. Caffeine actually draws fluid out of your body which can lead to dry and flaky skin.

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Product Recommendations   

Dry Skin & Acne?

Manage pimples with a gentle cleanser that’s still tough on acne like Cetaphil® DERMACONTROL™ Oil Control Foam Wash, then moisturize with a light cream that won’t clog your pores such as CLEAN & CLEAR® ESSENTIALS Dual Action Moisturizer. Use acne treatments at night and avoid overdosing. One of my favorites is Clean & Clear Advantage acne spot treatment.

Dry and/or Sensitive?

Hydrate your skin with a gentle cleanser like Cerave Hydrating Cleanser    then moisture with CeraVe moisturizing cream. Exfoliate once a week with a gentle exfoliator once a week or make an inexpensive homemade face masks.  Dry throughout the day? Use a hydrating face mist such as Evian.

Toner?

Want to know why I didn’t include toner? It actually doesn’t do anything and is known to strip skin of it’s essential oils. Instead use a hydrating face mist such as Evian to refresh, not strip your skin.

Makeup?

Use a hydrating primer to even and correct your skin tone plus add some extra hydration before applying your makeup. Then be sure to choose the correct makeup for your skin type (I recommend going to Ulta and asking a sales associate for help) and stick to terms like hydrating and dryness reliving.

From Head to toe

Be sure to exfoliate before shaving with an Exfoliating glove and moisturize ASAP as soon as you get out of the shower with a rich body butter. If you are shaving, skip the expensive shaving cream and go with a cheap moisturizing conditioner that does the job just as well and for a lot less  money. Look for bottles labeled hydrate, repair or moisturize for the best results.

In other News

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As I mentioned before, I’m extremely busy with school and the time/length between posts may be growing. However, please know that I’m trying my best and will try to have uploaded 2 posts per month.

xx MBOB