Myths runs rampant in the skincare world, but educating yourself is the first step to achieving healthier looking skin. Sometimes using the wrong products or tips can be harmful or irritating to skin. We’ve provided 7 Facts to help you avoid dry skin, so the myths are officially busted — along with any trace of dry, irritated skin.
Fact 1: Many People Have Combination Skin
Lots of people define their skin as “dry” or “oily” but this can lead to the wrong skincare routine. The truth is, in many cases, people have combination skin, which means that your skin type varies throughout areas of your body. You may have dry, skin on your legs and an oily T-zone on your face; it could even mean a “normal” skin type everywhere except for eczema/dry prone areas such as knees and elbows. Instead of caring for your skin according to only one skin type, care for individual zones of the skin differently.
Fact 2: Your Skin Type Changes Over Time
As people age, especially women as they near 40, hormones can cause the skin to dry out and begin to lose elasticity. It’s important to pay close attention to how your skin changes over the years, and to adjust your skincare regimen accordingly. Regular use of Eucerin’s Advanced Repair lotion can help keep mature dry skin at bay. This unique formulation enriched with Ceramide 3 and moisturizing factors normally found in skin, strengthens the skin’s protective moisture barrier to help prevent moisture loss.
Fact 3: Oily Skin Needs Moisturizing Too
Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturize on a regular basis. In fact, if you’re dealing with excessive oiliness, applying lotion may actually help stabilize your oil production levels. Trying to “dry out” oily skin with harsh toners or over-washing can trigger more oil production, leaving you with tender and irritated skin. The key to healthy looking skin, no matter your skin type, is to practice proper moisturizing.
Fact 4: Water Isn’t the Only Dry Skin Fix
Drinking eight glasses of water daily is a must for many reasons. And while it can improve the appearance and quality of your skin, it certainly isn’t the only way to combat dry skin. You can treat and help prevent dry skin by using gentle, soap-free cleansers, and moisturizing while in the shower with fragrance-free Eucerin In-Shower Body Lotion, which helps hydrate skin without adding extra time to your morning routine. You can also keep skin soft and hydrated by adding a humidifier to your bedroom at night and by avoiding hot showers that’ll strip away your skin’s natural barrier function.
Fact 5: Dry Skin Happens Year-Round
While it’s true that the harsh winter weather can cause dry, itchy skin and strip skin of its natural oils, dry skin is an issue in the spring, fall and summer months, as well. Dry skin develops for multiple reasons, so you’ll benefit from being consistent in your skincare regimen. For example, winter is hard on the skin because of the bitter cold, biting wind, hotter-than-normal showers and dry indoor heat. In the summer months, extra time spent out in the sun can dry out your skin, as can saltwater from the beach and chlorine from the pool. You can also experience chafing from clothing at any time, leading to irritated, dry skin. Using a consistent moisturizer all year long can help you maintain healthy looking skin all year long.
Fact 6: The Formula Matters
It’s important to understand the formulation and ingredients list when identifying which moisturizer will help manage your skin. Eucerin’s Advanced Repair lotion is a non-greasy lightweight and unique formulation that goes beyond ceramides, helping to strengthen the skin’s protective moisture barrier to help prevent moisture loss, with a unique combination of Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMFs). Natural Moisturizing Factors, found in the skin’s natural barrier, replenish the skin to help maintain moisture balance.
Fact 7: Your Skin Won’t Adapt to a Product and Stop Working
There’s a myth circulating that claims if you use a product long enough, it’ll eventually stop working. Continue using products that make your skin feel hydrated, soft and balanced. On the other hand, if you’re using a product that continues to cause irritation, consult with your dermatologist to identify which products may work best for your skin.