Cool Down. Sure, showering or washing your face with hot water seems soothing enough after a long, cold day, but that hot water can actually remove more than just dirt from your skin. Instead, use lukewarm water and pat skin dry to help maintain the moisture you do have. While the skin is still damp, apply a rich, thick body moisturizer immediately. Try SK-II Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream, a solid cream that literally melts into the skin for intense hydration for up to 12 hours!
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Read Labels. According to Washington D.C. dermatologists Dr. Marilyn Berzin and Dr. Dale Isaacson of DC Derm Docs, pick a moisturizer based on the ingredients. Dimethicone and glycerin help draw water to the skin and keep it there, lactic acid and urea help relieve dry skin, and lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum trap water in the skin. And be wary of products with alcohol, fragrance alpha-hydroxy acid or retinoids, which can actually irritate dry skin.
Put Out The Bubbles. Try switching out your foaming cleanser for a soothing gel or cream (like Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser). According to Annet King, Director of Global Education at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, it will help to help replenish lipids and soothe sensitivity.
Get Greasy. Ole Henriksen, skincare guru and founder of the OLEHENRIKSEN skincare line suggests using creams that contain higher concentrations of essential fatty acids. Oils like sunflower seed, grapeseed, black currant, hazelnut, avocado, sesame, almond and wheat germ all have a high content of essential fatty acids and are known for their ability to comfort, soothe and protect skin. Plus, they will help maintain a velvety skin texture and prevent capillary breakage.
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