People with dry or normal skin are more comfortable using heavy moisturizers, but there is more you can do to make sure your skin is hydrated. Here are some tips to help your skin.
Avoid Using Harsh Cleansers. Cleansers can strip the skin of its acid mantle the delicate protective phospholipid barrier on the surface of the skin. Removing the acid mantle leaves your skin vulnerable to bacteria and other invaders. Use cleansers that are sulfate-free, which means it does not use ingredients like sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate and ammonium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate. These ingredients are foaming agents that dry out or irritate the skin’s surface. If your cleanser leaves your skin feeling “squeaky clean” or tight and dry after use, find a gentler alternative that doesn’t strip away all your oil. Instead, use gentle cream cleansers and look for ingredients like glycerine which are hydrating.
Use a Hydrating Toner. You may think of toners as the products that that contain alcohol to wipe away all traces of oil. However, these are generally too harsh for skin and leave it stripped of its protective barrier. Instead, look for toners that balance your skin’s pH after cleansing. Your skin has a natural pH that is more acidic than water. After you wash, a toner to bring your skin back to its natural pH level will leave it calm and balanced and ready for your other products. An added bonus is finding toners with hydrating ingredients like aloe or hyaluronic acid to hydrate and attract water to the skin. After washing and toning, you can add other serums or hydrating treatments if your skin needs extra hydration.
Seal Your Skin with a Lotion, Cream or Oil. Toners and serums work to hydrate your skin and infuse it with nourishing vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other skin-loving elements. Using a lotion, cream or oil on top of those will moisturize and seal in all the beneficial ingredients and prevent water evaporation from your skin.
As the seasons change, and the air becomes dry in winter, or humid in summer, your needs to hydrate your skin will change. But in general, you can keep your hydrated by using:
- Gentle cleansers
- Hydrating toners, and sealing your skin with
- Good lotions, creams or oils.
These three simple steps work for most skin types and are all that’s needed to help you get that hydrated dewy glow.