There are few things more frustrating when it comes to caring for your skin than dryness. It can seem impossible to remedy and what’s more, it can be seriously uncomfortable. Dry skin can trick you into thinking you need to cleanse more frequently or deeper (more moisture, right?) when that can make matters worse. By now those of us who have dealt with the problem head on know – often the cleansing itself IS the issue. But luckily, a few little changes can make a huge difference.
If over-drying is an issue, first take a look at your cleanser. Bar soaps and foam cleaners are more drying than cream cleansers. Additionally, some foam cleansers (though not all – LATHER Ultra Mild Face Wash is made to foam without stripping) contain astringents, which strip skin of oil in order to tighten – but the alcohol they contain can dry you out. Ingredients in foam cleansers can also sometimes be harsh and irritating. Creams are generally formulated to moisturize rather than strictly combat oils. When looking for a cream face wash, glycolic acid or ceramides are skincare ingredients that can help moisturize rather than dry out. Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Cleansing Cream is non-foam and non-soap.
Brush systems like Clarisonic are another option for those battling dry skin after washing. They tend to gently cleanse skin without stripping it of its natural oils. The thorough cleaning you’ll get also lessens the need for excess product. Of course, just like expired beauty products – brush cleansers can harbor bacteria, so make sure you thoroughly clean it before each use. A quality brush cleanser should be gentle enough for use twice a day, but if that becomes drying, try reducing it to once.
As far as application goes, start with lukewarm water – as you’ve probably heard by now, scalding hot water can be extremely drying. You should always gently massage the cleanser into your skin using a circular motion rather than scrub. By washing too harshly or too often, you can over-exfoliate, leading to dryness, irritation and inflammation. Learn more about the proper way to wash your face here.
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