Extreme weather conditions can parch your otherwise healthy skin. As your environment changes, so does the condition of your skin. You need to adjust your skincare routine based your environment. And if your skin is far from dewy, the more that you should religiously put on moisturizer to prevent chapping. What you need is a moisturizer for dry skin that will restore your skin’s healthy glow.
Why you need to moisturize religiously
Skipping your moisturizer may save you time in your daily routine, but it can do you more harm than good. As tedious as it may be, moisturizing is a necessity. You may skip the other steps in your skincare routine, but moisturizing should never be left out especially if you have dry skin.
When we wash our face, we strip away the natural oils that act as protective barrier against pollutants and bacteria. The skin becomes exposed to harsh chemicals, making the skin even more sensitive and easily irritated. Acne breakouts are actually common when the skin is dehydrated.
If you use acne treatments, moisturizers can will give your skin an additional layer of protection against irritation and redness. Active ingredients in acne medications such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be extremely drying.
Moreover, fine lines become more prominent without moisturizers. Even if you don’t have wrinkles yet, you are more likely to get them sooner when you skip your moisturizer.
Also, have you ever noticed why foundations and concealers seem to settle more into the fine lines of your skin? This means the skin is not conditioned well enough to make makeup glide on more smoothly.
The signs of dehydration
Flaky skin is a sign that your skin is in dire need of hydration. When the skin is dehydrated (or stripped away of oil after washing), it feels tight and sometimes painful. Why do some people have dry skin anyway?
Lack of water is the number one reason why we get dry skin. That plus the imbalance in the production of sebum (the oily substance that protects the skin from damage) makes the skin very dehydrated.
As we age, our skin’s ability to hold water weakens and sebum production likewise changes. This is why there are different types of moisturizers that address various skin concerns according to age.
Although having dry skin may sound like a permanent condition, there are ways on how you can counteract the dryness. Preventative measures such as drinking more water and taking shorter showers help prevent the skin from drying.
Additionally, using a gentle, natural cleanser like our Radiant Skin Cleanser Bar can help preserve your skin’s moisture and glow. And of course, let’s not forget to make moisturizing a part of our daily skincare routine. Now the question is: What is the best moisturizer for dry skin?
Not all moisturizers are created equal
All moisturizers have the same job: to restore and seal in the moisture of the skin. But not all moisturizers are created the same, and we are not just talking about the various brands out there.
In fact, an expensive jar of moisturizing cream may be just as good as a drugstore moisturizer. It’s not the price tag that makes a product effective, but the ingredients that go into it.
According to Treehugger, moisturizers have one thing in common: oil. Aside from water, oils are the only natural ingredients that seal in moisture of the skin. Water and oil make a great combo in hydrating the skin and in trapping in moisture.
Humectants, a popular ingredient in many commercial moisturizers, may enhance water absorption. But these, along with the other chemical ingredients, can be damaging to our health. Your best bet to relieving dehydrated skin is by using the purest ingredients that make moisturizers effective.
Moisturizers come in the form of creams, ointments and lotions. Creams contain nearly equal portions of fat and water, and they are wonderful for extremely dry skin and for eczema. Ointments, on the other hand, are greasier. They do a great job in retaining moisture in the skin, but putting them on feels very uncomfortable. A lotion for dry skin contains more water than fat. Although it does a great job in delivering water to the skin, the effect does not last for too long since there is not enough oil to hold the water in.
Coconut oil can save your skin from dryness
One way of moisturizing skin that we have overlooked over the years is the use of beauty oils. But recently, more people are adopting the use of facial oils and it’s now a trend that’s quickly catching on in the beauty community.
Facial oils have become popular once again for their touted skincare benefits. Aside from moisturizing the skin, they also nourish and treat skin problems. And when the skin is nourished, it looks more dewy and healthy—something we all aspire for!
One thing that we should know about oils is that they are occlusive. They only help increase the skin’s capacity to absorb and retain moisture. They do not add moisture to the skin, which is a common misconception about facial oils. In order for skin to be moisturized, water needs to be present as well.
Before heading to the beauty store to buy facial oils, keep in mind that oils need water to bind to in order to moisturize the skin. Otherwise, they will only trap in moisture that’s already present. And for dry skin, this means practically zero moisture.
So what’s the best moisturizer for dry skin?
In our experience, virgin coconut oil (VCO) delivers an excellent job in moisturizing the skin. Extracted from fresh coconut meat, cold-pressed VCO retains most of its healing and moisturizing properties, which makes it effective in treating dry skin and other skin conditions. Heat-processed coconut oils still have moisturizing properties, but when it comes to nourishing the skin from within, it doesn’t compare to virgin coconut oil.
A soothing oil that absorbs quickly, virgin coconut oil contains high levels of antioxidants that reverse the effects of free radicals on the skin. It can be used on both face and the body, but people with acne-prone skin should probably skip coconut oil as moisturizer.
As it is occlusive, it settles in on the pores to hydrate the skin. This could aggravate acne, but anecdotally, some people experience less acne when they use coconut oil. Then again, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so it might be best for people with acne-prone skin to skip facial oils altogether.
To make the most of the VCO’s moisturizing properties, put a few drops of the oil onto your palm and apply to the skin while it is still slightly damp. The coconut oil will lock in water into your skin, making it feel soft to the touch. If working with solidified coconut oil, simply put the coconut oil between your palms to warm it first.
In a nutshell
As the body’s first line of defense against harmful elements, the skin needs to be properly moisturized to remain healthy. Regardless of skin type, everyone needs a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated—even more so if you have dry skin.
Despite the discomfort it brings, dry skin can be relieved by using the right moisturizer. Virgin coconut oil, like the one we have in our store, penetrates deep into the skin to deliver moisture. As it is anti-microbial, it can ward off skin irritations and even bug bites.