DOs and DON'Ts for Dry and/or Sensitive Skin

For those with dry and/or sensitive skin, life can seem a never-ending quest to keep skin hydrated while avoiding reactions to products. There are a few common reasons for dry skin including genetics, age, weather and even medications (talk to your doctor to see if one or more of your prescriptions could be causing your dry skin). If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, here a few DOs and DON'Ts to keep your skin hydrated and happy.

The DOs:

Do wash gently - No matter how dry or sensitive, your face should be washed once a day. Choose a thorough but gentle cleanser like our Litmus Test glycolic acid facial cleansing gel to remove dirt and makeup while soothing skin. This gel wash helps reestablish healthy skin chemistry and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Do choose the right makeup - Skip the foundation and find a great tinted moisturizer that enhances your skin tone. Avoid powder products that can cake into fine lines and draw attention to flaky skin. Instead look for cream formula blushes to add a dewy look to cheeks and cream eye shadows for a smooth application and finish.

Do drink your H2O - You can get your beauty from the inside out by drinking your eight glasses of water daily. The skin is the largest organ of the body and keeping yourself properly hydrated will contribute to healthier skin.

Do moisturize twice a day - Keeping skin hydrated takes continuous moisture. Apply a lush cream at least twice a day (morning and night) to keep skin soft and supple. We suggest our Wrinkle Revenge rescue & protect facial cream to restore moisture levels and combat the signs of aging. It also contains white tea extracts to help soothe irritations and sensitivities.

The DON'Ts:

Don't wash twice a day - Women with dry and sensitive skin do not need to wash with soap and water twice a day. In fact, washing too often could dry out or irritate your skin. Instead wash gently at night. In the morning, splash with water. If you feel the need for something stronger, use a toner or a face towelette on the t-zone.

Don't use hot water - When you wash or rinse your face, be sure to use lukewarm or even cool water. Hot water can easily irritate skin.

Don't use products with fragrances - Look for products that are scent-free since those with fragrance can irritate the skin.

By Jen Mathews