Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tips for Dry Skin

  • Obviously, you should moisturize after cleansing.  If you don't, you'll get flaky skin which will in turn clog up your pores and trust me.  Dry, breakout prone skin is tough to treat.
  • If you suffer from flaky skin and can't seem to get the flakes off no matter how many times you exfoliate, try the scotch tape method.  Just take some clear scotch tape and stick it on your flaky patch, pull it off, and repeat.  You will see all the dead skin cells on your tape.  Don't do this too much or you'll end up like me a 1.5 years ago with a peeling, irritated nose because I literally riped all the skin off of my nose.  A very thick layer too.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids at a pH level of 5 is highly moisturizing
  • If you suffer from breakouts, the safest way for you to moisturize is to mix glycerin with water  and use that as your moisturizer.  Never ever use glycerin without water or else it will dry your skin out
  • Don't forget to moisturize your under eyes.  You may not be 30, but dry skin exaggerates lines.
  • If your skin is dry during the day and you have makeup on, try Mac Fix+ to moisturize a bit.  I call this my spray on moisturizer sometimes.
  • Don't use drying products.  I know that this is simple, but a lot of people just don't understand.  Anything with salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide, alcohol, and denat. alcohol is drying.  If you have to use it, do it sparingly.
  • Don't exfoliate too harshly.  That means, gently scrub your skin with your finger tips, not aggressively with your palms.  You may think you'll have baby soft skin afterwards, but really, you'll just have soft, dry, irritated skin.
  • Don't use St. Ives Apricot Scrubs because the walnut shells microscopically tear your skin.  You can't see it, but trust me, the damage is there

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