Most of us try to do what’s best for our skin – cleansing and moisturizing regularly and gently exfoliating – especially when it comes to our faces. However, despite our best intentions, everyday life can wreak havoc on the sensitive skin of the face, and even things like showering can cause dryness and flakiness.
We understand that dry skin on the face can feel uncomfortable and can also make your skin more susceptible to the signs of aging. Facial dry skin isn’t like dry skin on other parts of the body. Skin on the face tends to be more sensitive and is more often exposed to the elements – the cold weather, wind, and sun – so it needs to be treated with a little extra care.
The best way to tackle dry facial skin is to take a two-pronged approach: first, gently cleansing to remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities, and then moisturizing to replenish and seal in moisture for the long term. Here’s a handy guide detailing the steps to perfect this two-part process, and tips on how to protect and prevent dry skin.
How to Treat Dry Facial Skin
Cleanse gently First of all you need to remove all makeup using a gentle makeup remover that won’t irritate your skin. Then, tie your hair back and run some warm water. Avoid using hot water or harsh soaps as these can strip the face of its natural oils. Look for a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser and avoid anti-bacterial soaps as these can be drying. Here’s a simple step-by-step process to follow:
- Splash your face with warm water.
- Apply cleanser in small amounts using your fingertips to gently massage the product around your face.
- Allow the cleanser to penetrate the skin for about a minute and then rinse your face with clean, warm water.
- Thoroughly pat your face dry with a clean, soft cloth – rough towels could cause irritation.
Moisturize with the right combination of dry skin remedies Choose moisturizers that are designed for the face and that provide sufficient moisture and UV protection. Key ingredients to look for include glycerine and propylene glycol, both of which draw water into the outer skin layer. Apply a facial moisturizer every day to keep skin hydrated and protected indoors and outdoors, all year round. Some of the best types of moisturizer for dry skin are occlusives like petroleum jelly – they form a protective barrier on the face, locking in your skin’s natural moisture. Apply Vaseline® Jelly before bed to lock in moisture and keep dry skin soft and hydrated. Adding Vaseline® Jelly to your night-time beauty regime will also help to take advantage of the skin’s natural recovery process while you sleep.
Understand the benefits of using petroleum jelly for face care Vaseline® Jelly is a versatile product. It doesn’t just help to keep dry skin moisturized – the protective barrier it forms when applied on the face also can help protect your skin from the elements. It’s good for helping to protect from windburn and chafing, for example. Vaseline® Jelly can also reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes. Used as part of a healthy skin care regime, it can help to get rid of dry, flaky skin and accelerate the skin’s natural regeneration process to keep skin looking radiant and youthful. Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly is 100 percent pure, so you can be sure that it won’t irritate your eyes or facial skin.
Prevent dry facial skin problems Once you’ve perfected the above two-part process, it’s all about maintenance. It’s really important to establish a good facial skin care routine – one that’s easy enough for you to do every single day. A good routine should involve these steps: washing with warm water and gentle cleansers every evening, moisturizing your skin in the morning and evening, and protecting your skin with SPF and Vaseline® Jelly. A radiant, soft face can be yours!
Expert Advice The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.