Tips for Dry, Dehydrated skin
This post is in response to a question raised by Litchi – a reader.
She wanted some tips for dehydrated skin. So here it goes
1. Don’t use soap or face wash. Instead consider using only a cleansing milk (Garnier or Lakme – both are good). Take about a 1 Rs coin size amount of lotion and rub it gently all over face to dissolve dirt & oil. Wipe off very gently using a damp cotton or wash face with tepid water.
If you are too attached to using a face-wash/soap, then use the face-wash (but only mild ones like Dove) at night, but in the morning use the cleansing lotion.
2. Apply a thin lotion (Biotique Morning Nectar/Lakme Peach milk or any one you like) all over the face in the morning. Let it absorb for 15 minutes. Follow up with a thicker cream (Biotique wheat germcream/cold cream).
- I use this tip a lot since I spend about 20 hours every day in dry air-conditioned air, which saps out even my normally oily skin.
- Use this tip only if you are in an environment where you know it won’t be humid & hot or else you will sweat like a pig
- What you are basically doing here, is first applying a thiner layer of oil-in-water emulsion (basically has more water). Once this water is absorbed by the skin, we are trapping it in & preventing its loss by applying a thicker cream (water – in – oil emulsion).
- If you are worried about pimples or just don’t like the way it feels, I suggest you bear with it for an hour & then wipe the face gently using a tissue to absorb all the excess oil.
3. Keep a spray mister with you at all times filled with rose-water (even plain water will do) mixed with a few drops of glycerine (you can get this at any chemist for about 10 Rs for 50ml). Mist face with it at regular two hour intervals. Let it air-dry naturally.
- If you want you can even add 2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil or honey to this. Both them are very nourishing to the skin. Personally I prefer the oil.
- If you are using plain water, prepare a new sample every 2-3 days to prevent contamination. Thoroughly cleanse the bottle & boil for 30 minutes in water before pouring in the next.
- Use this serum before retiring to bed. Apply all over face. While it is still wet, apply a thick moisturizing cream all over
- You can even substitute the cream with Vitamin E/wheat germ oil – Just pop open a capsule and apply 2-3 drops all over the face. Make sure to apply Vitamin E to a slightly wet face to enhance absorption.
5. Use a AHA serum (available in the Aroma Magic line or else try Garnier Lite Wipe off Lotion) – Alfa Hydroxy Acids are great at lifting
Image by wine me up via Flickrup dead cells & helping with dehydrated skin
- CAUTION: Do not use this along with the Vitamin C serum as both together can irritate the skin
- DIY Tip: Use a simple curd face pack once every two days. Smear some curd (full-fat is better, though skim also works fine) on the face. Wash it off when dry. The lactic acids (AHA again!) slough off dead cells & the protein and fat in curd nourish new skin.
6. If none of these work, visit a dermatologist you will then write you a prescription moisturizer. They are very heavy duty moisturizer available only at the chemists that help with extremely dry skin.
I hope these help!! Do write back about which ones worked for you…