Dry Skin: Skincare Myths Busted
There are so many different skin types—oily, dry, oily t-zone, etc. We all moisturise our skin and use a cleanser to keep it clean. However, each skin type must undergo a different beauty regime. There are a few myths connected to each skin type.
Today, we’re going to bust some myths about skincare for people with dry skin.
- You have to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin regularly
2. Everyone’s skin ages the same way
People with an oily skin get the last laugh in this case. Your t-zone must have troubled you through your college years, but the oil naturally moisturises and protects your skin from ageing. A dry skin shows fine lines earlier in life. This doesn’t have the natural oil barrier that is needed to protect the skin from ageing irritants. For a dry skin, it’s recommended that you use a lightweight moisturiser, which contains hyaluronic acid—a molecule that attracts water.
3. Daily exfoliation keeps your skin young
Exfoliating your skin—daily peels or scrubs—every day can really damage your skin in some cases. If you have a sensitive skin, eczema or rosacea, you can over-exfoliate and irritate your skin. It’s recommended that you gently exfoliate with a cleansing brush to scrape off dull, old-looking skin. If your skin can tolerate it, add glycolic acid once a week to the peel that you apply to your face.
4. Drink water, and you won’t dry out the skin
Doctors say that water is extremely important for our skin. Staying hydrated is important for the proper functioning of our body. However, there is a limit to that. Experts recommend the consumption of 8–10 glasses of water per day. While it may not be proven to help dry skin, we do know that a lack of hydration can make your skin appear sallow looking. Therefore, it’s best to drink up and moisturise daily! If you don’t like the taste of regular water, infuse your water with fruits and herbs to give it some flavour.
5. Your skin type stays the same throughout your life
Dry, oily or a combination of the two? Well, your answer could possibly change depending on the climate, temperature or even the air quality. Hormonal changes, as you age, could contribute to changing skin type, even causing acne later in life. Pay close attention to your skin and give it the care it needs at the right time, instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach to your skincare regime.
So keep an eye on your skin and modify your beauty regime accordingly. What you eat is actually the most important ingredient for healthy skin and a healthy you. Eat fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy fats to keep your skin supple and fresh.