Have you ever had chapped face skin ?
It is a condition often caused by dry skin , but also by health problems, such as psoriasis, eczema or exfoliative dermatitis. To these problems we must add cold air, humidity, too hot showers.
How can this skin blemish be solved?
Covering cracked skin with makeup isn't the solution, as it can aggravate the problem and make flaking worse.
An inappropriate skin care routine can also escalate the condition of your skin. If your skin is prone to cracking, you need to use products that are suitable for dry skin.
How to treat chapped facial skin?
There are several treatments and cures for cracked skin. You've read about some health conditions that lead to cracking and peeling skin: in those cases you obviously need to see a doctor.
However, you can take care of chapped skin, mitigating its effects and returning to having healthy and smooth skin.
What are the benefits of facial skin exfoliation?
Get rid of all the dead skin cells that have accumulated on its surface. What do you need for a good exfoliation?
You need to use an exfoliating facial scrub , but don't scrub your skin vigorously, or you risk further damaging your already sensitive skin.
Chapped skin is dry skin, so it needs to be hydrated. Moisturizing your skin is part of your daily routine.
Choose a moisturizer specially formulated to treat the level of dryness in your skin and apply it regularly to the affected areas. It is advisable to apply it after a bath or shower, when the skin is clean and slightly damp.
Chapped skin: what not to do!
Yes, there are also behaviors and actions to avoid if you have chapped skin, which can exacerbate the problem.
Use cosmetics that dry out the skin on the face
Always be careful not to choose those products that remove oil from the skin. Therefore, avoid cosmetics that contain:
- alpha hydroxyl acids
- benzoyl peroxide
Topical retinoids can also contribute to dryness. Retinoids are synthetic versions of vitamin A and appear frequently in skin care products.
Switching to a product with a less potent retinoid or using retinoids less often can keep them from drying out your skin.
Products specially formulated for dry skin help restore the skin's natural moisture balance.
Getting too much sun without sunscreen
If your skin is easy to crack, enjoying the sun, especially in the summer on the beach, without protecting it with an adequate sunscreen is a good way to seriously damage it.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun are enemies of the skin! Direct sunlight doesn't give your skin a chance to heal, further drying it out and making the problem worse.
Cleanse with harsh soaps
Some soaps are too strong for sensitive or dry skin . Therefore, choose delicate detergents and soaps for hands, face and all areas of the body prone to chapping.
When you dry it, don't rub it, but pat it dry with a soft towel.
Alkaline soaps can also strip the skin of its natural lipids causing it to lose moisture.
Taking showers that are too hot
Very hot water strips the natural oils from the skin's surface, which help it retain moisture, and can dry it out even more, leading to flaky facial skin.
Following an unhealthy diet
Read: Consume Junk Food. If you eat a healthy diet, you'll be giving your skin cells the vitamins and minerals they need to repair themselves.
Drinking too much alcohol
However, excessive use of alcohol is not good for health, it is well known. But what does it do to the skin?
Too much alcohol dehydrates your skin and depletes your skin cells of key vitamins it needs to stay healthy.