Before I moved over to sunny Texas I used to suffer from dry skin A L L the fricking time! Mainly down to Scotland’s harsh weather conditions! I used to get dry skin on my forehead and chin, which I used to annoy more by rubbing/picking!
If anyone else suffers from dry skin they will know how horrible it makes you feel and uncomfortable. Here are a little tips I stand by which helped me (my one is move to a warmer place, my skin has switched to oily but I will take that over dryness!)
Exfoliation is the Key!
Exfoliating is really important when suffering with dry skin but it is an important to use a gentle product so it does not strip the skin of all its natural oils. At least twice a week I exfoliate my skin to remove the build-up of dead skin cells which make the skin look ashy and dull. As I find even the natural exfoliating products can be too harsh I make my own exfoliating mask with handy ingredients from my kitchen. If you want your skin to glow and see a massive improvement this homemade facial mask is one of my top beauty tips;
- 1/4 cup of uncooked oats
- 1/4 cup of agave syrup (or honey for the non vegans)
- 2 Tablespoons of Fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 cup of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
Mix together and gently scrub into skin for a minute. Leave for 10 minutes then with a warm cloth wash off.
Protecting yourself from the sun!
Sunscreen is the number one beauty essential year-round! Protect your skin from sun damage with sunscreen that contains SPF 15 or more and also lip balm too!
Use a Humidifier
Do you ever wake up feeling like you just walked across the Sahara Desert? That’s AC zaps moisture from the air, causing your mouth, nose and even skin to feel dry. Add moisture back into the air (and your skin) by turning on a humidifier at night. We use our babies!
Amp Up the Hydration
Give your body a moisture boost. Drink plenty of water and use skin-quenching skin care products to hydrate from inside and outside. I use water hydrating sprays which are amazing, I use throughout the day.
No no to hot showers
While a long, steamy shower may sound delightful after a long day, scalding water strips natural oils from your skin. Ensure your hydration efforts aren’t wasted by turning the water temperature down and keeping your showers short. Moisturise as soon as you are out.
What about make-up application with dry skin?
Try adding a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation under your powder. I also mix in facial serum for the dewing look. Here is the best way I have found to apply liquid minerals (highly recommended for dry skin):
- Squirt two pumps onto the back of your hand.
- Using your foundation brush to mix the product in a circular motion until all the ingredients are combined.
- Apply Liquid Minerals it to your face in criss-cross motions with your brush, be sure to work it in well for best results.