In the UAE, dry skin is not something we are unfamiliar with. With the temperature soaring at high levels, dry skin is something that a lot of us have to deal with.
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Though it’s a regular occurrence for a lot of the people in the middle east, it’s not something that we have to put up with. By having a healthy skincare routine and understanding the causes of dry skin and the lifestyle factors that we can change, dry skin can very well be combatted.
With that being said, here are a few skincare tips that you can try for more hydrated, revitalized looking, and feeling skin.
Skincare Tips for People with Dry Skin
1. Moisturise Daily
Make sure you moisturize constantly. People with naturally dry skin will notice they need to use more moisturizer at a time. Be sure to cover all parts of your face and to put an emphasis on most dry areas. At night, you can use special sleeping creams or serums that can help to hydrate and revitalize your skin while you sleep.
2. Exfoliate When Needed
Exfoliating your skin with a gentle scrub can help to buff away dead skin cells and promote the regeneration of new and fresh skin cells. When new skin cells become revealed, your face will improve its natural moisture.
Just be sure not to exfoliate too often as it can remove the natural moisture from the skin. Also, avoid scrubbing harshly as it may damage your skin or even make it drier.
3. Avoid Hot Water
Hot water can dry out your face faster. Dry skin can definitely worsen if you are bathing, showering, or washing your face with hot water. Use warm to lukewarm water to wash your face. Coldwater can also help when washing your face without dehydrating it.
4. Avoid Harsh Cleansers
People with dry skin need to be careful when selecting products for skincare. Cleansers are particularly important in this case as it’s used more than once a day. Make sure you find a cleanser that is suitable for dry skin and not containing any harsh substances that may make your face even drier.
5. Eat Your Vitamins
Vitamins C and D are known to promote better health and skin. Vitamins are known to repair and protect skin cells from damage and can be effective for people with naturally dry skin. Fruits such as berries, oranges, and mangoes are great for vitamin intake and keeping you hydrated.
6. Avoid Smoking
Smoking can make your skin dry from the inside. The smoke from cigarettes contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the flow of oxygen in your skin, making it drier than normal. The nicotine content in cigarettes can also reduce blood flow in the skin cells, making it difficult for oxygen to pass through.
7. Use a Humidifier
To combat the heat outdoors, wherever you go in the UAE, indoor areas will have air conditioners running constantly. This removes the moisture from the air and makes your skin become dry and feeling tight. Use a humidifier to bring moisture back into the air. Also, avoid staying in rooms with air conditioners running non-stop.
8. Drink Plenty of Water
Most of the time, dry skin is also the result of simply not drinking enough water. Being dehydrated will lead to dryer skin. Be sure to be drinking plenty of water throughout the day. In turn, this will help your skin stay hydrated throughout the day.
9. Be Consistent with Your Skincare Routine
If the above tips have worked for you, then you know that consistency is key. If your skin becomes more naturally hydrated, it doesn’t mean you can fall back on bad habits. Make sure you stay consistent with your skincare routine. Maintaining healthy and moist skin should not be an objective; It should be seen as a journey that needs consistent practice and refinement.
10. Avoid Sun Damage
As the UAE is very hot all year round, protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen, wearing a hat, and covering up with clothing. Not only can the weather lead to dry skin, but sun damage is relatively common, but also avoidable.
When to See a Doctor?
If you have a skin condition that may be the cause of skin dehydration, then you may want to speak with your doctor. If you have an existing health condition that is causing your skin issues, then your course of action may be different. Therefore the above tips in this article may not be effective.
They may also refer you to a dermatologist, who expertise in skin health and provide you with treatments and advice that isn’t available anywhere else.
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