Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dry Skin Remedies

Dry Skin Remedies
Dry Skin Remedies
by Vincent Platania

Dry skin needs special care. You need to strike the perfect balance between cleansing, replacing lost moisture, and exfoliating the skin each day. Here are some dry skin treatment remedies that will help you care for your skin.



Choose two different cleansers- one for your face and one for your body. For the face, cleansing milks and moisturizing cleansers work a lot better than harsh soaps. Look for a body wash that is creamy and contains extra moisture. For an extra treat, choose another product that will also help cleanse and soften your feet. Wash your feet and body each time you shower and your face and neck twice a day -- in the morning and at night.

Exfoliate. Though exfoliating does strip the skin of moisture, getting rid of dead skin cells will make it softer and less dry in the long run. In general, you will want to gently exfoliate your skin every day. To exfoliate your body, use a dry bath brush (Spa Brush) on your dry skin and brush from the feet upward in a circular motion. Do not use this method to exfoliate your face.

A better dry skin treatment remedy for removing the dry skin cells in your face is an extremely gentle, non abrasive exfoliant. Check the package directions. A gently exfoliating ingredient is alpha hydroxy acid, especially when the product only has a low concentration of it.

Tone. A good toner will help replace any moisture lost during cleansing and will restore the proper PH balance. Choose one that contains ingredients that are beneficial to dry skin, such as rosewater. Check the packaging to make sure you can use the product on dry skin. You only need to do this step on your face and neck.

Moisturize. This is one of the most important steps. Cleansing and exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural moisture. A good moisturizer will help replace the natural oils in the skin. Different products in the moisturizer serve different purposes. You can find a moisturizer that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eliminate dryness, and control break-outs. Make sure any product you choose is specifically tailored for dry skin.

To moisturize your body, look for a heavier formula that doesn't contain as much water. Body butters work especially well. You can also use scented or unscented body oil. The eyes also need a special product because the skin is so delicate, you can't use a moisturizer with harsh ingredients on it near your eyes.

Masks. Using a face or body mask is optional, but worth the effort. You can either choose to make your own or purchase a product for dry skin. A good mask will help exfoliate, tone, and moisturize the skin. One of my favorite homemade masks is plain honey, applied to the face and neck. Honey helps exfoliate and is a humectant, which means that it draws moisture to the skin.

This article is from womentodaymagazine.com
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