Updated: Mar 2
"Help! With the cold dry weather, it feels like all the moisture (and life!) has been sucked from my skin! No matter the product I lather on, I still feel like a raisin. What do I do?!”
Ahh. Colorado. Majestic mountains, gurgling streams, and crisp, dry (very, very dry) air.
Many people experience dry skin here due to our dry climate. However, there’s other factors that are usually overlooked. So you don’t have to resort to living your life like a little withered raisin yet! Here is a list of some of the other culprits that could be drying out your skin.
Your Face Wash
Many face washes will dry out your skin to an excessive state, stripping away your skins needed protective barrier and essential oils. (I know you heard strip and got excited. But trust me, this is the bad kinda strip.) Try and avoid face washes that have fragrances, alcohol, and dyes. (We’ll save the alcohol for our martini glass, not cleansers.)
Washing your face in the shower or with water that is too hot in general, can also strip the skin of its protective barrier. This barrier is important because it keeps dirt and free radicals like environmental pollution out, while keeping in moisture and a balanced amount of oils.
Your skin shouldn’t feel uncomfortably tight after your done cleansing. If it does feel “squeaky clean” then it’s most likely over cleansed and your skin health is compromised. Instead, aim to have a face feeling dewy instead of taut after washing.
Cleansing & Exfoliating Too Often
Washing that beautiful face of yours more than two times a day can send your skin into a panic response state, which triggers your oil glands into overdrive mode. (Which is confusing, I know. If I clean anything more than twice, I expect a medal of honor. Not a panic attack.) This also goes for exfoliation. Aim to exfoliate your skin only 2-3 times per week.
You can achieve that clean and moisturized skin with a double cleanse! This is done with an oil-based cleanser and then followed with a water-based cleanser. This will balance the skin, remove any dirt, excess oil, and leave your skin clean but not oily! Use the right type of face wash for your skin type and use your fingers to massage upwards in circular motions. (Clean!) Fingertips are ideal because washcloths can be too abrasive for some skin.