14 Skincare Hacks for Dry Skin
Has your dry skin been getting you down?
Fear not – Vivo Per Lei is here to help! We’ve put together a list of amazing skincare hacks, and although they won’t be able to put a permanent stop to the dryness, they’ll definitely give you some temporary relief and moisture!
Moisturize Throughout the Day
Some moisturize in the morning, others moisturize at night, and those in-the-know do both. However, if you’re dealing with dry skin, then a few extra moisturizing sessions definitely wouldn’t go amiss.
The best way to remember to do this is by making sure that you’ve always got a moisturizer within reach. Keep a small tube in your handbag, another in your car, and one at your office desk.
You could even set alerts on your phone to remind you to moisturize every few hours.
The result of all of this extra moisturizing?
Skin that looks and feels softer and more hydrated.
If you don’t yet have a go-to moisturizer, check out the wide moisturizer selection we have for sale here at Vivo Per Lei.
Moisturize Damp Skin
If you apply your moisturizer onto dry skin, then you’re really missing out on some extra hydration.
Well, a moisturizer works by forming a thin seal over the surface of the skin. This prevents the moisture that’s already in the skin from evaporating, which is how a moisturizer keeps the skin hydrated.
However, think about what would happen if you applied a moisturizer over skin that was damp, and therefore contained extra water molecules…
Instead of all of that extra water evaporating into the air, or being rubbed off onto your towel, it will now be locked in underneath your moisturizer. This means that the only place for it to go is deeper down into your skin, giving your skin an extra dose of moisture.
Wondering how this would work if you’re also following the tip above about moisturizing throughout the day?
This is where facial mists come in. Simply spritz one onto your skin, wait a few seconds for the product to settle, and then follow up with a layer of your favorite moisturizer. We highly recommend the Vivo Per Lei Marine Ultimate All Skin Cream.
Turn Down the Temperature
Are you a fan of hot showers?
If so, here’s a skincare hack for you to try. You probably won’t enjoy it to start with, but it won’t be long before you see the improvements in your skin.
Rather than turning the heat up full blast the next time you’re showering, turn the dial back down towards lukewarm instead.
Because hot water strips the skin of its natural oils. Those oils are vital when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated, especially if you are already dealing with dryness.
Try to keep the water temperature as cool as you can handle. Granted, it may not feel quite as relaxing as a steamy hot shower, but your skin will thank you!
Close the Door
While we’re on the topic of showers…
Do you ever leave the bathroom door open while you’re showering?
There’s nothing wrong with this, but, if you’re suffering from dry skin, it would definitely be worth closing that door.
This way, any steam from your shower will be trapped within the bathroom. This will raise the humidity level in the room, which will do wonders for your skin.
It also means that once you step out of the shower, your skin won’t have to deal with quite as much transepidermal water loss. This is the rate at which moisture evaporates out of the skin and into the air around you, and it happens so much faster when the air around you is dry, as opposed to humid.
Look for Humectants
Hopefully, you’re already using products that have been designed for dry skin. However, you shouldn’t always take a product’s packaging at face value.
Yes, it may claim to help counter dryness, but the only way to know for sure is by checking out the ingredients list.
Now, there are plenty of ingredients out there that could benefit dry skin. That being said, there’s one ingredient group in particular that you need to pay close attention to…
Humectants are loved for the way in which they are able to draw in moisture from the air around you and bring that to your skin. As you can imagine, this can be a huge game-changer for dry skin.
There are several humectants out there, with the most well-known being hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluronate. This one usually sits at the top of the must-have list because of its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. You’ll find this ingredient in the Vivo Per Lei Hyaluronic Acid Reviving Facial Serum.
However, for maximum benefits, try looking for products that combine multiple humectants. A few other good examples include:
- Aloe vera
- Shea butter
- Propylene glycol
- Lactic acid
Layer Your Skincare
Do you apply your skincare products in a particular order?
One of the best skincare hacks for dry skin is to understand how to properly layer your skin care products.
Don’t worry, it’s easy. The general rule to follow is that the lighter and thinner products should be applied first, and then these can be followed up by the thicker and heavier products.
Here’s an example of good layering:
- As always, start by cleansing your skin
- Follow up with a toner
- Apply a serum
- Apply a moisturizer
- Top it all off with a facial oil
Experiment with Oils
If you haven’t yet tried adding oils into your skincare routine, then you’re really missing out.
Remember how we said that moisturizers form a thin seal over the surface of the skin?
Oils do this too, except that their seal is much thicker and more solid. This gives you even more protection against transepidermal water loss, therefore keeping your skin better hydrated.
Just like with humectants, there are so many different oils out there that you can choose from. Each one will have its own unique set of benefits, but there are some that are much more hydrating than others.
Some oils worth starting out with are:
- Rosehip oil
- Jojoba oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Argan oil
- Marula oil
Whichever you choose, your oil/s should be applied at the final stage of your skin care routine. Other products won’t be able to penetrate through the barrier that oil forms, so don’t apply anything else over the top of this.
Try an Overnight Mask
Face masks are a fantastic way to give your skin an extra dose of moisture.
They are designed to push their ingredients deep within the skin, which is why they often have more of an impact than a standard moisturizer or serum. Plus, they’re packed with a higher concentration of active ingredients – look for a mask that targets dry skin and you’ll be quenching your skin’s thirst with so much goodness.
Don’t have an overnight face mask?
Try the Radiant Red Blend Overnight Facial Mask from Vivo Per Lei. In addition to humectants and hydrating plant oils, it also contains several botanical extracts that can work wonders for dry skin.
Simply apply it before you go to bed and do not rinse. You’ll wake up to a softer, smoother, and beautifully hydrated complexion!
Steam Your Face Before Masking
Speaking of face masks…
Yes, they can work wonders as they are, but there are ways to make your face mask even more effective. The most popular method is by steaming your face before applying a mask.
How does this help?
It’s because of the way in which steam opens up the pores. Not only does this then mean that any embedded dirt and oil will be able to make their way out of your skin so much easier, but it also leaves your pores more receptive to anything you apply over the top of them.
Applying a face mask over freshly-steamed skin will allow all of those ingredients to make their way deep into your pores without having to deal with any obstacles. As a result, the benefits that you experience will be noticeably enhanced.
Soak in an Oatmeal Bath
Need some instant relief for dry and itchy skin?
Try an oatmeal bath!
This may seem like an overly simple solution, but it really does make a huge difference.
Colloidal oatmeal is what you need. This is simply oatmeal that has been ground down into a fine powder. This gives it a larger surface area, while also allowing it to better work on the skin.
Wondering what oatmeal actually does for the skin?
Well, for starters, it is packed with healthy fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins, all of which nourish the skin. The colloidal oatmeal will also bind to your skin, which not only increases how much moisture your skin is able to hold, but also soothes inflammation and redness.
Practice the One-for-One Rule When Drinking Alcohol
Planning a decadent night of drinks?
Whether it may be a wine night, a cocktail evening, or anything else, you probably already know that alcohol has an extremely dehydrating effect on your skin. If you already suffer from dry skin, then all of those mornings that you’ve woken up feeling even drier than usual after having a few drinks weren’t a coincidence – it really was all down to the alcohol.
One way to prevent alcohol from having such a detrimental impact is by practicing the one-for-one rule when you’re drinking.
No, this isn’t a drinking game, and it doesn’t mean that you’re getting a free drink either. Instead, it means that for every alcoholic drink that you consume, you follow that up with a glass of water.
This may seem like a bit of a buzzkill, but balancing out the alcohol with water will reduce the harmful effects that it would have otherwise had on your skin.
Invest in a Humidifier
We’ve already spoken about transepidermal water loss, and how this occurs at a much faster rate when the air around you is dry.
So, it only makes sense to try to keep the air in your home as humid as possible. A humidifier is often recommended for dry skin in the winter, but, if your skin is severely dry, it would be worth keeping your humidifier running throughout the warmer months too.
Yes, natural humidity is already much higher in the spring and summer, but the humidity in your house will likely be lower than that of outside.
Keeping a humidifier going in your bedroom each night is a great way to keep your skin hydrated while you sleep, which also happens to be when your skin cells use up the most amount of moisture while functioning.
Deep Condition Your Feet
People with dry skin often spend so much time concentrating on their face that they neglect other parts of their body, namely their feet.
Feet can really suffer from dryness, but a deep conditioning treatment can help to counter this.
It’s easy to do – simply apply a scrub to your feet, and then finish off with a thick moisturizer. A thin pair of cotton socks slipped over the top will encourage all of that goodness to soak into your skin while you sleep.
Eat Your Water
If you regularly deal with excessive dryness, then you probably already know how important it is to keep your body topped up with plenty of water. The more hydrated your body is, the more hydrated your skin will be.
However, in addition to making sure that you’re drinking your eight glasses of water a day, you should also try incorporating more water-rich foods into your diet. Good examples would be:
Dealing with dry skin can be incredibly frustrating. There are numerous products and ingredients out there that can help with getting the dryness under control, but, if you’re needing an immediate dose of moisture, these 14 skin care hacks will definitely help.