Do’s and Don’ts for Dry Skin

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Dry skin suffers from sensitivity and premature aging. Look in a mirror. Place the back of your index finger against the middle of your cheek. Lift upward. If your normally smooth skin wrinkles or you see additional wrinkles, you have dry skin. It is still dry, even though your skin may have oily patches on nose or forehead. 

Determine the cause of your dry skin. Do you wash your face with soap? Soap dries the surface of the skin, stripping the skin of natural, protective oils. Likewise, hot water removes natural oils. Instead of soap and hot water, use facial cleansers that can be removed with tissues or tepid water. Pat dry. Follow with a toner made for dry skin.  Certain medications, age, weather, and natural body chemistry can cause dry skin. 

Dry skin looks dull and flaky. Use a chemical exfoliator to speed dead skin removal. It loosens the “glue” that holds the dead cells to the skin. On a different day, use a gentle, manual exfoliator to lightly scrub away the chemically loosened cells. If the chemical exfoliator is painful, switch to one that is made for sensitive skin or discontinue. 

After removing the dead, dry cells, use higher tech serums and moisturizers that penetrate the layers of the skin. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and humectants. For serums and moisturizers to work, use them consistently day and night, both on the face and the neck. Merle Norman studios offer free steam facials to provide additional moisturizing effectiveness.