If your skin tends to feel tight, as if it is one size too small, it’s fair bet you’ve got a dry complexion. This is caused by too little sebum in the lower levels of skin, and too little moisture in the upper levels. At its best, it can feel tight and itchy after washing. At its worst it can be flaky, with little patches of dandruff in your eyebrows, and a tendency to premature ageing with the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles. It requires a regular routine of soothing care to keep it looking its best.
Special care for dry skin
The condition of dry skin can be aggravated by over- use of soap, detergents and toners. It can also be adversely affected by exposure to hot sun, cold winds and central heating. For these reasons it is advisable to opt for a gentle, nourishing approach that concentrates on boosting the skin’s moisture levels. This will plump out fine lines and keep the skin soft and supple.
- Pour a little oil- based eye makeup remover on to a cotton wool pad and sweep it over the eye area. This oily product will also help soothe away dryness in the delicate eye area, but a little goes a long away. If you overload the skin here with an oily product it can cause puffiness and irritation.
- If there are any stubborn flecks of mascara left behind, tackle them with a cotton bud (swab) dipped in the eye makeup remover. Take great care that the remover does not get in your eyes, but you will need to work as closely as you can to the eyelashes to remove all signs of makeup.
- Choose a creamy cleanser as it’s vital that your skin is really clean. Leave the cleanser on for a few moments, before sweeping it away with a cotton wool pad. Use gentle upward movements to prevent stretching the skin and encouraging lines.
- Many women with dry skin complain that they miss the feeling of water on their skin. However, you can splash your face with cool water to remove excess cleanser and to refresh your skin. This also helps boost the circulation.
- Finally, apply a nourishing cream to seal in moisture. Opt for a thick cream, not a runny lotion, as this contains more oil than water, and helps seal in moisture. Give the moisturizer a few minutes to sink in before applying makeup.