Dry cracked skin is just as bothersome as oily skin. It can make your skin itchy and red. At times, it can make your skin more reactive to chemicals and the environment because of the impaired barrier that is supposed to keep your skin resilient to stress.
And if your skin is dry and dehydrated, that means you need to redirect your efforts towards adding moisture into your skin and preventing the moisture from escaping.
Do Not Wash Too Much
It is tempting to spend minutes under a hot shower, but taking a shower longer than 10 minutes in hot water can damage your skin more than you think. This is why it is best to keep your bath time short with lukewarm water. Plus, stick to cleansing oils and mild cleansers. Dry Cracked Skin
It is best to have both a humectant (that draws water from the lower layers of your skin) and an emollient (that will prevent the water from escaping). Both are equally important to make sure that your skin can withstand external damage.
Apply Right Away
After washing your face or taking a shower, pat dry your skin with a soft towel and slather your moisturizers within 5 minutes. This practice allows your skin to absorb the water and keeps the moisture in your skin longer.
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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.