Sorry about the lack of post yesterday, I’m away visiting my boyfriend in lovely Calgary, Alberta and found myself out at the zoo for six hours! (It was just barely enough time, really) While at the zoo, I was slightly inspired to do a dry skin post because of this guy:
So lets get on with it then! As you can see with this crocodile, he has deep and heavy lines which makes him look old, this is due to dry skin and it is the same with our skin; the more we dry out, the older we look. So your number one step is drink a lot of water! At least eight glasses a day. This will help to lubricate your body which in turn will help with your skin. Unfortunately just drinking more water isn’t going to completely save your skin. I’m going to give you a couple things that you’ll want to try.
You’ll probably want to kick-start your new skin care regime with a facial. I know they can be expensive, but look at reviews from spas in your town to decide whether price is really worth it; there are many spas out there that are really wonderful but priced like dumps, then there are a lot that are priced like dumps and you leave with even worse skin.. So you want to do your research on where to go. When you talk to your skin care specialist, tell then you’d like recommendations at the end, this will not only make your esthetician so incredibly happy with you that they’re going to do their best job ever, but they’re going to really focus on your skin and what you need.
Now if you have dry skin and your esthetician recommends anything ‘purifying’ or for oily skin, they’re a nut bar and unfortunately they don’t know what they’re talking about. Avoid any acne, oily skin or purifying products like the plague because they work on skin to calm down the oil production and suck the oils from your skin; this would make your skin sore, dry and sensitive.
So when you get your products recommended and you listen to the benefits of each, you’re going to want to grab yourself one of everything really, but if you have to only get three choose an enzymatic exfoliant, a moisturizer and an eye cream.
You’re going to want to build yourself a skin care schedule. Pick two days a week to give yourself a mini facial. On these days you’re going to cleanse, tone, exfoliate, tone, mask, tone and then apply your moisturizers. Confused? You shouldn’t be. Toning will keep your skin at a perfect pH of 4.5-5.5 so it should be done after each step in the skin care regime omitting the moisturizer and eye cream. It’s difficult to find a cleanser that is DIY that isn’t an exfoliant as well; most cleansers are supposed to remove oils where as the ones found online or in informational DIY books use granulated sugars, lemon, papain etc. etc. all of which is for exfoliating the skin. You don’t want to exfoliate twice during a facial because that would strip the skin too much and eventually cause sensitivities. So this is something that you’re going to want to go out and get yourself; a nice cleanser.
A toner is a little easier to do yourself. Do you have rice? Perfect. A super cheap and easy cleanser is “rice water”. You’re going to want to make sure that your rice is ORGANIC though, because unorganic rice is full of pesticides which we don’t’ want going into your skin. This is literally the easiest thing in the world. Pour about a cup and a half of rice into a bowl, then fill the bowl with water so that it is about 2 cm above the level of the rice. Stir the rice and water for a minute; until the water is really murky looking. Now pour the water out into your bottle or container. All done! So what does this do for your skin? It will remove impurities and excess sebum and leave your skin feeling refreshed.
After your toner you’re going to want to apply your enzymatic exfoliant. This will remove the dead skin cells from the top of your skin; a layer called the stratum corneum. If you have purchased yours from a skin care specialist then follow as directed. If you’d like to try a DIY one I have a great one. This one comes straight from drvincentchang on youtube, he explains exactly how and why to use this, except he uses it as a cleanser and I believe it’s more of an exfoliant. All you need is a plate, kiwi, and some granulated sugar. Raw sugar would most likely be the best however in the video he uses brown sugar. Cut the kiwi in half and peel the skin about off about one centimeter from the edge so that the outside end of the kiwi still has skin on it; this is the handle. Now pour some sugar out on your plate and dip the exposed part of the fruit into the sugar. Then just rub it all over your face! You’ll probably have to dip the kiwi into the sugar a few times as you’ll run out of scrub. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse off. How does this work? The kiwi fruit has papain which is a natural exfoliant used to soften the skin and remove dead skin particles. The sugar works as a mechanical exfoliant to help remove the dead skin cells.
Now you’re going to want to pull out your rice water toner and apply that to your skin to re-balance your pH.
Next you’re going to want to apply a mask. I’m going to again give you a DIY mask, however if you do have a professional one from your skin care specialist, use that as directed. Alright so I’m going to give you an option here, option number one is the avo-honey mask. Take half an avocado and 1/4 cup of honey and mix until you get an even consistency. Apply to the skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off. This mask uses the hydrating qualities of both honey and avocado to deeply penetrate the skin and give you a healthy glow, however to me it sounds a little bit messy!
Next mask you could try helps not only with dry skin but also with aging and fine lines which are caused by dry skin, however it’s a little strange. Grate some cabbage and boil it in milk until the cabbage is very soft and pliable. Once the liquid is cooled (don’t burn yourself) apply to your skin. It is a little bit thin yes but be patient with it. Leave on for 20 minutes to reveal soft and hydrated skin. How does this work? Cabbage promotes healthy skin and irritations or sensitivities, and milk nourishes and soothes the skin while hydrating and alleviating redness.
After your mask don’t forget to apply your toner!
Now you’re going to apply your moisturizer and eye cream. Sorry, you can’t DIY into a nice moisturizer that goes on and stays on. There are many hydrating masks but you can’t really fake yourself a moisturizer or an eye cream so you’re going to want to go pick one of those up from your local spa!
Try and pamper yourself twice a week, and make sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize daily to keep your skin looking it’s best!