Getting rid of the flakey dry skin on your face is actually an easy fix (for most). I personally suffer from oily skin, but during many different types of treatments over the years, I’ve had to deal with dry skin. Very dry skin. I’ve tried different common methods, and I’m happy to share what I’ve found along the way.
Basically, there are a few ways to get rid of dry skin on your face or other body parts. The first way is to moisturize the skin with a heavy moisturizer or oil. The next option is to manually exfoliate the skin with a brush, clarisonic, cloth, sponge etc. Finally, you can use a chemical exfoliation like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid. Its best to combine moisturizer with a chemical or manual exfoliation.
The first step would be to exfoliate the skin. To manually exfoliate, you can use any sort of tool, or even just a regular cloth, but I personally prefer a clarisonic. It doesn’t seem like its anything special, its just a spinning brush, right? Well, I’ve tried other brushes like a neutrogena one (back in the day) and a proactive one, and a manual brush. None of them came close to the same effects as a clarisonic. Another great option is to use a wash cloth when cleaning the face. Wash cloths are very cheap, and readily available, and they almost do the same job as a clarisonic. They get more makeup and oil than washing your face normally.
The next option is just as simple, but adds another step into your skincare routine. Instead of manually exfoliating the face, which physically buffs dead skin cells off the face, chemical exfoliants dissolve the bonds of dead skin cells, which allows the old skin cells to fall off or dissolve. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate a toner into your skin. There are tons of toners out there that have beta or hydroxy acids. I find that the best ones for exfoliating, and getting rid of dry skin, is glycolic acid. This acid is specifically designed to break apart the bonds of dead skin, more so than salicylic acid, which is better for acne and cleaning pores. My personal favorite is a nuetrogena salicylic and glycolic acid toner.
After cleansing and exfoliating the skin, you need to lay on a thick moisturizer to help restore the skins barrier and keep moisture from escaping. There are many different types of moisturizers out there, creams, lotions, gels, serums, etc. The best moisturizer for those that have dry or flakey skin, is CeraVe cream. This cream helps replace the skins natural barrier, is very moisturizing and thick, yet non comedogenic and keeps the face “balanced”. It is very expensive (like $20-25) at the drugstore, or on Amazon.
Currently I am using Retin A on my face. So this means that my skin is turning over faster than normal, and also is prone to dryness and peeling. Because of this, I combine all three of these methods. I first wash my face with the clarisonic, then apply a beta and alpha hydroxy toner, and finish off with a thick moisturizer like cerave or another cream.
What’s your favorite and most effective method to combat dry skin?