If your skin intends to feel one size too small, it’s a fair bet you’ve got a dry complexion. It’s caused by too little sebum in the lower levels of the skin, and too little moisture in the upper levels. At its best, it can feel tight and itchy after washing. At its worse 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 soothing care to look its best.
SPECIAL CARE FOR YOUR SKIN
The condition of dry skin can be aggravated by over-use of soap, detergents and toners. It is also affected by exposure to hot sun, cold winds and central heating. Opt for the gentle approach, concentrating on boosting the skin’s moisture level to plump out fine lines and make it soft and supple.
1 Pour a little oil-based eye make-up remover onto a cottonwool (cotton) 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 way. If you overload the skin here with an oily product it can cause puffiness and irritation.
2 Clean up stubborn flecks with a cotton bud (swab) dipped in the eye make-up remover. Be careful not to get the remover in your eyes but work as closely as you can to the eyelashes to remove all signs of make-up.
3 Choose a creamy cleanser which will melt away dirt and make-up from the surface of your skin. It’s essential to ensure your skin is really clean. Leave the cleanser on for a few moments for it to work, before sweeping it away with a cottonwool (cotton) pad. Use gentle upward movements to prevent stretching the skin and encouraging lines.
4 One of the main complaints from women with dry skin is 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 will also help boost the circulation, which means a brighter complexion.
5 This is the most important step of all for dry skins – a nourishing cream to seal moisture into the upper levels of your skin. Opt for a thick cream, rather than a runny lotion, as this contains more oil than water, and will help seal in more moisture. Give the moisturizer a few minutes to sink into your skin before applying make-up.