Posted on August 14 2020
Genetics and environmental factors make dry skin a reality for a lot of people. However, genes and environments aren’t the only things that can contribute to the dry skin on your face.
At Babo Botanicals, our motto is “Family Comes First, Naturally” because we care about your family and we care about your skin. That’s why we create products from natural ingredients that your skin will love!
With that in mind, take a look at our easy and effective tips for caring for your dry skin.
What Causes Dry Skin On Your Face?
To talk about what’s causing the dry skin on your face, we first have to mention sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands.
This natural oil is responsible for coating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin. Basically, it’s in charge of locking in moisture and preventing your skin from becoming dry.
Most people have an excess of sebum on their face, which can lead to acne, but not having enough often leads to dry skin. Your skin can also become itchy, red, and flaky without enough sebum.
Besides low sebum production, other factors causing dry skin on your face can include:
- Cold weather
- Dry air
- Harsh chemicals in products, specifically the ones you’re using on your face
- Wearing face coverings, especially for long periods of time
- Various skin conditions
- Sitting in direct sunlight for too long
And the list could go on, but don’t get discouraged! Keep reading to discover different ways you can treat the dry skin on your face at home and increase sebum production to get the hydrated skin you crave!
Tips For Treating Dry Skin On Your Face
Using a moisturizer daily can do wonders for your skin! Moisturizers improve your skin's natural barrier by correcting its texture and reducing any skin imperfections.
Moisturize daily to give your skin better odds at beating dryness. When choosing a moisturizer, avoid products that contain:
- Synthetic fragrances or dyes
- MEA (Monoethanolamine)
- DEA (Diethanolamine)
- TEA (Triethanolamine)
Instead, look for a natural moisturizer that contains skin-soothing ingredients like:
- Aloe vera gel
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Other, organic ingredients
Babo Botanicals’s Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream is a great moisturizer to help soothe your dry, chafed skin. This rich cream contains the perfect blend of active botanicals to help protect your skin.
And if your skin is irritated, the combination of colloidal oatmeal and organic calendula will soothe and smooth it. It’s the ideal moisturizer for adults with dry or sensitive skin!
Use A Gentle Cleanser
Wash your face every day, but pay attention to what you’re washing your face with. Your cleanser could actually be the culprit behind your dry skin.
This is because the synthetic fragrances and other chemicals in some facial cleansers actually strip your skin of the natural oil we mentioned earlier. Yikes!
To keep that from happening, choose a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser made with natural and organic ingredients. Steer clear of any chemicals or synthetic ingredients.
A gentle cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, it hydrates and soothes the dry skin on your face.
Exfoliate A Few Times A Week
Human skin sheds like snakeskin — except you can’t actually see a full, single sheet of skin when it sheds the way you can on a snake.
But, like a snake’s, your skin makes new cells and sheds its old ones. Sometimes, those dead skin cells stay trapped in your pores, which can cause your skin to dry out. Using an exfoliator removes the dead cells so your skin can stay smooth.
Expert tip: you don’t need to exfoliate every day. Exfoliating too often can have the opposite effect of what you want and might become a catalyst for dry skin. Two to three times a week is plenty!
Run A Humidifier In Your Room
The cold air that creeps into your home during the winter is doing more damage than you realize. This air has lower humidity, which means it holds little moisture.
Cranking up the heat in your home will warm you up, but it won’t add moisture to the air. And what little moisture you do have will quickly evaporate as a result of the dry heat.
Moisture also evaporates from your body, leaving your skin, lips, nose, and throat extremely dry. This is why you might sometimes wake up with dry nasal passages, a parched throat, and chapped lips. Prevent this by adding moisture to the air in your home with a humidifier.
But winter isn’t the only time of year you need to use a humidifier. It’s wise to use one during the warm summer months, too. The cold blasting from your air conditioner during those scorching months can also dry out the air in your home.
To make sure your home stays dry-skin friendly all the time, use your humidifier year-round!
Keeping Dry Skin At Bay
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Protecting your skin from the sun is your best defense against dryness. And the best way to accomplish this is by applying sunscreen daily. After all, you’re in the sun more than you realize.
When you’re driving in your car, walking to the mailbox, or walking in to work, you’re exposing your best and most delicate feature, your face, to the sun’s strong rays.
Show your skin some love by protecting it with our Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - Natural Glow. Our facial sunscreen now comes in tinted form! It’s the perfect protection for everyday wear and is gentle and soothing for sensitive skin.
If tinted sunscreen isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, we have something for you, too! Try our Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 - Fragrance Free.
This is the ideal sun protection if you have extra sensitive skin because it’s made with organic aloe vera, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. It can also be used as a daily moisturizer under your make-up.
Should you find yourself out in the sun all day, follow up with our After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel. It can be used on babies and adults, so it’s perfect for the entire family!
This cooling gel forms a protective barrier, which promotes healing and helps your skin retain moisture. The ultra-rich, hydrating botanicals leave your skin silky and smooth!
Avoid Hot Water
Hot water can actually dry out your skin, so avoid using it when you’re taking a shower or washing your face. Try using warm water instead.
But if a warm shower is just not a possibility for you and you prefer the relaxing steam of a piping hot shower, don’t spend more than 10 minutes directly under the water.
Drink Lots Of Water
Speaking of water, make sure you’re drinking lots of it! Hydration starts from the inside, and the texture of your skin can reveal if you’re not staying hydrated.
A fun way to help make this part of your daily routine is to get a large cup with labels that show how much water you need to drink. Fill it up each day and set your timer for every 30 or 60 minutes as a reminder that it’s time to take a sip!
Keep Healthy Habits
What you put in your body shows up on your body. Keep healthy habits by not smoking, avoiding artificial lights, exercising, and eating healthy.
Also, be careful with how much alcohol you consume. Alcohol is a diuretic, so when you drink an alcoholic beverage, you lose more water than normal because you need to empty your bladder frequently.
Dry and dull skin, fine lines, and wrinkles may become more visible with excessive alcohol use. A good rule-of-thumb is to drink a glass of water for every adult beverage you consume.
Achieving Healthy, Hydrated Skin
Treating your dry skin doesn’t have to be rocket science. With just a few easy tips, your skin will be hydrated in no time!
Cleanse and moisturize your face daily, but pay attention to the ingredients in the products you’re using. Scrub away dead skin by using an exfoliator a few times a week, and run a humidifier in your room at night.
Keep your dry skin at bay by wearing sunscreen daily, not just when you’re basking in the sun at the beach or pool. Wash your face with warm water instead of hot, and drink lots of water! Lastly, keep healthy habits in your life.
Following these tips and using the right products on your face, like our Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream, will help give you the hydrated, radiant skin you’ve been looking for!