Dry skin can not only be unsightly, but also uncomfortable. Plus, if you wear makeup, it may be difficult to apply over dry, flaky skin. In worst case scenarios, dry skin can also itch or even crack or bleed. In dry or cold weather, this can be even worse, and can make fine lines and wrinkles more obvious. Fortunately, there are a few changes you can make to your skincare routine to nourish and protect your dry skin and keep it looking its best.

Always Use Moisturizer

All skin types need moisturizer, but with dry skin it’s imperative that you hydrate your skin. Use moisturizer, such as DuBarry Young Promise Night Cream immediately after washing your face or taking a shower. This helps trap the moisture in your skin so you stay hydrated and radiant. Plus, opt for creams or ointments instead of lotions. Not only do they work better at moisturizing the skin, in many cases they’re less irritating. Moisturizers with shea butter, olive oil and jojoba oil work especially well.

Cleanse Carefully

Use warm water instead of hot, and stick to gentle cleansers, such as DuBarry Paradox Crème Cleanser or Amazon Botanicals Facial Cleanser. When drying your face and body after washing or bathing, blot gently with a towel. Rubbing your skin can irritate it and make the dryness worse, in addition to causing your skin to flake or peel.

Use Gentle Skincare Products

Dry skin is often sensitive, and some cleansers and skincare products can irritate it. Avoid products with added fragrance, in addition to ingredients like alcohol, alpha-hydroxy acid, and retinoids. While alpha-hydroxy acids and retinoids are regarded as effective anti-aging products, they can also be too harsh for dry skin. Stick to product that is designed to be used for dry skin, like Dubarry Moisture Petals Skin Care line.

For Extreme Dryness, Consult a Physician

If your skin is painfully dry and over-the-counter products offer no relief, you may need to visit a dermatologist for prescription-strength ointments and creams, which are more intensive than what you buy at a drugstore. Dry skin can also indicate an underlying health condition, so if it won’t go away you may need a medical evaluation.

At Beauty Universe, we carry a wide range of products formulated specifically for dry skin. Check out our entire line of cleansers, moisturizers and other skincare products that can keep your skin smooth and hydrated and restore its glow.