Everyone needs a personalized skin care routine depending on skin type. Following a morning skincare routine before stepping out of the house prepares skin to fight pollution, UV rays, dust, and other damage-causing environmental effects. Follow these steps to prep your skin:
Cleanse your face:
This is the first thing you need to do after you wake up in the morning. If you have dry skin, you need to use a mild, gentle, and hydrating face wash.
Since you will be stepping out and your skin needs to be protected from environmental factors, you need to apply a serum. Serums contain a high concentration of antioxidants that prevent damage caused by harmful free radicals.
Moisturize your face:
Immediately after washing your face, massage it with a moisturizer. This is the most crucial step in caring for dry skin. Always apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of washing your face and on damp skin. This helps your skin stay hydrated throughout the day. Pick a hydrating moisturizer that does not contain any irritants. Go for a product that contains hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerine, and B vitamins.
Protect yourself with SPF:
Everyone should be using SPF, and dry skin has no exception. UV light and pollution cause free radical damage that leads to premature aging.
Those with dry skin should look for sunscreens that, of course, help the skin lock in moisture. Rather than a straight sunscreen that you would use for the beach if you have dry skin, look for a moisturizer/sunscreen combo.
The first step in your evening routine should be the same as your morning routine: a hydrating foaming cleanser and a serum followed by a moisturizer.
After cleansing, apply hydrating serums that can help you further lock moisture and avoid those that might undermine your efforts. If someone is extremely dry, avoid the use of vitamin A derivatives like retinoids and retinol, and reach for your hyaluronic acid serum.
What to look for in a sunscreen:
Choose a lightweight sunscreen that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. (Unfortunately, that can still happen even if your skin is dry.) Go for a chemical or mineral sunscreen of at least SPF 50.
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Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.