No matter what your skin type is, cleansing remains the key to beautiful and healthy looking skin. Unfortunately many women with dry skin tend to skip proper cleansing routine altogether because they fear that harsh cleansing products will dry their skin even more.
However, this can cause serious disruptions in skin function due to all dust, makeup and dead skin cells remaining on the skin. Today we are going to share some tips on how to choose THE best cleanser for dry skin, a type of cleanser that will do the job without causing any damage, leaving the skin healthy, moisturized and glowing!
How it feels like to have dry skin
Dry skin may look smooth but is rough to touch. You may have flaky areas and have tendency to develop red, scaly patches after exposure to wind and cold. There are some superficial lines on your cheeks and under your eyes, because there isn’t enough moisture to soften them. Interestingly enough, if you rinse your face with a little water it becomes smooth and these tiny lines disappear – just like a dry sponge! Sadly, after a few minutes your face becomes dry again. In fact, it is worse now because it feels so tight!
Cleansers to avoid
Avoid all harsh, oil-dissolving cleansers, regular soap, soap-based or any alkaline products. In addition, some cleansers formulated for dry skin leave a greasy film on your face; it may seem like a good idea at first, but this will damage your skin in the long run. Finally, any cleanser that leaves your skin feeling dry should be avoided.
What are examples of good cleansers for dry skin?
You need a mild yet powerful cleanser, powerful enough to dissolve sebum and remove old skin cells. If you wear makeup, your cleanser must be able to remove your makeup without scrubbing and rubbing. Because each case is individual it’s hard to name one single cleanser that will work for everybody, however if you keep in mind all warnings above, try one of these options:
- Mild liquid cleansers containing glycolic acid. Glycolic acid cleanses, exfoliates and polishes the skin without drying. However you should make sure that the product you use is specially formulated for dry skin needs.
- Most liquid, milky cleansers work very well.
- Cream cleansers are excellent as long as they don’t leave any residue on your skin.
- Special hydrating formulas.
- Non-soap products, such as Cetaphil.
Additional tips for cleansing dry skin
- Never use very hot or very cold water.
- Avoid facial steamers, steam baths and saunas.
- Do not use washcloths as they are breading ground for bacteria.
- More tips here.