We get so many questions about dry skin – we all know it's important to keep ourselves hydrated, inside and out – but how do we maintain moisture? Once we really understand how our skin works to hold on to moisture and why, integrating a few new behaviors into our routine is easy. It's not all about products, although some are important. Don't worry about the perfect routine everyday, find what works for you and stick with it. I could talk about this all day – and sometimes I do. Please reach out to me if you want to learn more.
– Dr. DeLuca
FACTS ON MOISTURIZING
- You can hydrate your skin from the outside and the inside.
- Hydrated skin is healthier because it’s less prone to injury & irritation.
- Hydrated skin looks younger because it’s reflecting light better.
- Hydrated skin is less itchy and feels better.
HOW TO MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
1 / Cool
Use lukewarm water when you wash your face and body. Hot water feels soothing and opens up pores but it also zaps moisture from the skin. Limiting your showers and baths to once a day (or even less often) will also help.
2 / Calm
Use gentle, fragrance free soaps and moisturizers. Additives, like fragrances, are often skin irritants. And the dryer the skin, the more prone it is to irritation. Irritation causes your skin to have what’s called a local inflammatory response: redness, itching, and general skin discomfort.
3 / Slather
Slather on a plenty of moisturizer after showering. Moisturizers work for two reasons. They draw water from the air into the skin (using organic compounds – ingredients like lactic acid and urea). And they lock in moisture (using natural and some manmade chemicals – ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil and dimethicone). Both creams and oils work well. (Lotions tend to be thin and not as effective).
4 / Scrub & Smooth
Occasionally exfoliate and peel. Dead skin cells prevent your moisturizer from being absorbed as much as it can be. If your skin isn’t too sensitive, try using a scrub in the shower once a week. A moisturizing peel will go one step further (using ingredients like glycolic & lactic acids, also known as AHA’s) by evenly reducing the outermost layer of your skin so newer, more even skin is exposed.