How to Get Dry Skin Off Your Face

Cold and windy weather in winter, sunburns and air conditioning in summer, and low humidity in the air — all these factors may lead to peeling skin on your face. Flaky skin can make your fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable and your makeup look worse. So 5-Minute Crafts wants to give you some tips on how to get rid of dry skin on your face and make it look healthy again.

❗ If the skin on your face doesn’t seem any better after you try the methods mentioned below, make an appointment with your dermatologist.

1. Follow the right shower routine.

Limit your time in the shower or bath to 10-15 minutes to avoid drying out your skin.

Use lukewarm water because hot water might remove the oils from your skin and damage its natural barrier.

✅ When taking a bath or shower, always close the bathroom door.

2. Wash your face properly.

Choose a gentle, fragrance-free, soap-free facial cleanser with a creamy formula. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides that will hydrate your skin.

Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but don’t use too much of it. You shouldn’t see a thick lather on your face, as it can dry your skin out.

✅ Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel after washing. Don’t rub your face or use rough towels, as they can damage your skin.

Apply moisturizer immediately after drying your skin to lock in moisture. Choose an ointment or cream rather than a lotion since lotions have higher water content and don’t seal in moisture as well.

3. Check your moisturizer’s ingredients.

✅ Look for a cream or ointment that contains ingredients like jojoba oil, dimethicone, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum, shea butter, ceramides, aloe vera, urea, oatmeal, and squalene.

⛔ Avoid products that contain retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and benzoyl peroxide, as they can dry your skin further.

4. Exfoliate your face.

✅ Make sure that your skin is clean before exfoliating it.

Use a face exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells from your face no more than once a week.

Avoid using face scrubs that contain charcoal, sugar, beads, baking soda, nutshells, microbes, and coarse salt, as they can damage the skin barrier.

⛔ Don’t use exfoliants that contain salicylic, glycolic, or other alpha-hydroxy acids since they can dry out your skin.

✅ Always apply a moisturizer and use a high factor sunscreen to protect the skin after exfoliating.

5. Stay away from heat sources.

⛔ Stay away from fireplaces and other heat sources since sitting in front of them can dry your skin out.

6. Use a humidifier.

✅ Turn on a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your room.

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