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11 Best Ways to Get Rid of Dry, Flaky Skin

Updated on September 19, 2017

Combat Dry, Flaky Skin

Though it may seem difficult to treat dry skin, it doesn't have to be. Adding moisture back into the skin and reducing flaky patches is simpler than you may think. With these steps, your skin will both look and feel more hydrated.

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Use a Gentle Cleanser

When choosing a cleanser for dry skin, make sure to use one that is gentle and one that will not strip the skin of its natural moisture. Facial washes and foaming cleansers often include ingredients such as alcohol that pull out moisture, making you even drier. Choose cleansers that are milky in texture. One cleanser I personally like for my dry skin is the Cetaphil Gentle Skin cleanser. This glides very easily and is not irritating.

Use Products That Are Not Heavy

Try to purchase makeup and face products that are not extremely thick and heavy. Heavy foundation, for example, can cause dry patches to become much more noticeable than a more lightweight foundation would. For example, I used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation for some time. This foundation was much too thick for me. It made my dry skin appear worse, and I felt that it did not allow my skin to breathe. A foundation that I am currently using that is very lightweight and breathable is the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. It has light to medium coverage, and covers my dryness well.

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Use a Damp Sponge

One tip to applying foundation is to use a damp sponge. This technique allows a small amount of extra moisture to be added to the skin. It also allows the makeup to go on very smoothly over dry patches and allows for a very even application. The sponge I use is a less expensive version of the Beauty Blender. I purchased my sponge at TJ Maxx for a much cheaper price. Just make sure to clean your sponge as necessary.

Use Products With Natural Ingredients

Make sure to use products that do not have artificial ingredients such as colors and fragrances. Always make sure to check the ingredients of the products you are going to buy. Try to find items that are as natural as possible. Stay away from products with alcohol in them and ingredients that are comodegenic (ingredients that clog your pores).

Don't Forget to Exfoliate

Though those with dry skin may think that an exfoliator causes their skin to become even drier, it is important to use an exfoliator. Exfoliators should not be used daily or extremely often, but they are important for preventing excess dry skin from building up. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliator that is not too abrasive and use a gentle hand when applying the exfoliator. Make sure to moisturize directly afterwards.

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Mix Moisturizer with Foundation

One method involving foundation is to mix your foundation with a very small amount of moisturizer. Place a small dot of moisturizer on the back of your hand along with your foundation. Mix it together with a foundation brush or your finger. This will allow your foundation to be less heavy, and your foundation will apply much easier and more smoothly. Additionally, it can give your face an added bit of moisture.

Avoid Powders

If possible, stay away from pressed powder. Powder is much more likely to collect on dry patches and dry flakes on the skin. Additionally, it will absorb natural moisture from your skin and moisturizer you have applied to your skin. If using powder is necessary, use a large brush, very little product, and a very light hand.

Use a Setting Spray

Instead of using a pressed powder to set your makeup, one effective alternative is to use a setting spray. Not only does this method add a bit more moisture to dry skin, but it also adds beneficial vitamins and ingredients to your skin. One setting spray I really enjoy is the Elf Makeup Mist & Set. This setting spray includes aloe, Vitamins A, C, E, and so much more. This setting spray causes dry patches to disappear, helps your makeup stay on all day, and is very inexpensive. The Elf Makeup Mist & Set is only about $3.00 at Target.

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Use Natural Moisturizing Oils

Natural oil that is moisturizing for your skin, such as jojoba oil, is often a great option for extremely dry skin. Jojoba oil is very similar to the oil our skin produces and helps our skin hold moisture. Jojoba oil also contains great benefits such as Vitamin E, and antioxidants. It can even help acne. Applying a small amount of the oil to spots on the skin that are in dire need of some extra moisture can make a big difference.

Moisturize Immediately

After exfoliating and/or cleansing, make sure to apply moisturizer immediately. If you wait too long, your skin will remain dehydrated and dry. This can also cause any irritation of your skin to last longer than it should. The quick application of moisturizer gives your skin the hydration it needs after applying an exfoliator or cleanser. The moisture from splashing your face with water will also help the moisturizer sink in much better.

Moisturize More than Once

Another tip for dry skin is to use moisturizer more than once per day. It can be very beneficial to use moisturizer at the beginning of the day, or before putting on your makeup, in addition to using it at the end of the day before you go to bed. The moisturizer at the beginning of the day will give your skin added moisture throughout the day, and moisturizer at the end of the day will help your skin repair itself as you sleep overnight. Use a slightly heavier moisturizer at night to allow your skin to benefit even more. One moisturizer I like for dry, sensitive skin is the Mario Badescu Kera Moisturizer, which I did a review on here.

Persistence is Key

Overall, though many people have dry skin, each person's individual skin is different. Make sure to find out what works best for your skin. Additionally, do not give up right away if a certain method does not seem to work as quickly as you would like it to. Sometimes it takes the skin a while to adapt to a new routine. Remember that treating dry skin does not have to be difficult. All it takes is a little bit of special care to make your skin feel and look healthy and hydrated.

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