Taking good care of your skin isn’t as difficult as you may think. Try these tactics for your daily face care routine to keep your skin healthy and supple.
Harsh detergents in soap can strip away the natural moisturising oils in your skin or cause dryness and irritation. Use soap-free cleansers as they’re made of milder ingredients that don’t deplete your skin’s oils. Your skin should feel soft and smooth after cleansing. If the cleanser makes it feel too dry, tight, or irritated, try a different one.
Moisturisers don’t actually add moisture to the skin, they seal in existing water so it doesn’t evaporate. You should try to moisturise two or three times a day. Use the three-minute rule: apply a moisturiser within three minutes of your nightly cleanse and morning rinse. If you apply moisturiser again during the day, you don’t have to rinse or cleanse first.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, allowing moistursers to penetrate your skin more effectively but abrasive scrubs can damage dry skin, so exfoliate once a week only. Skip fruit scrubs, which can be harsh. Try a scrub with synthetic beads instead.
Skip the scrubbers
Don’t buy expensive daily face care scrubs or scrubbers if you have dry skin. In fact, forget scrubbing altogether as rubbing and scrubbing can irritate your skin. Friction from washing with a sponge or washcloth can also cause irritation. The gentlest way to wash your face is with your hands.
Use warm water
Showers and baths add moisture to your skin but they can also give you dry skin by removing the natural oils. Hot water washes away oil faster than warm water. Use warm water when you cleanse your face and limit yourself to one short (five minute) warm shower or bath a day. Close the bathroom door while you bathe to keep the room humid.
Pat, don’t rub
Don’t rub your skin dry – rubbing can cause abrasion, which can lead to irritation and inflammation. Instead, rinse your face with lukewarm water, then pat it with a clean, dry cotton towel or washcloth. Don’t dry it all the way; leave some moisture for your moisturiser to lock in.
Top beauty tip: When it comes to dry skin, creams and oils are more effective than lotions. Petroleum jelly also works well as it traps moisture.
As adapted from Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM by Shoprite. This article does not carry the endorsement of the aforementioned publications.