A common skin ailment reported by men is dry skin. Let’s face it – there’s nothing worse than a flaky face. Not only does dry skin look bad, it also feels pretty miserable…tight, irritable and uncomfortable.
Dry skin may be something that men have endured for a prolonged period. Other men may experience dry skin now and again, with patches here and there.
At some point in our lives, one way or another, all of us have had some dry and flaky skin to contend with. It can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Weather conditions
- Indoor environments
- Using the wrong skin care products for our skin
- Pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
- Prolonged exposure to water (especially water that is too hot)
There are several things men need to avoid if they want to combat dry and flaky skin. Lots of men wrongly believe that a bit of moisturiser can resolve the problem but, the truth of the matter is, there are many things that can be avoided in order to prevent getting dry skin in the first place.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WITH DRY SKIN?
When it comes to looking after dry skin, there are certain things men need to avoid. Often, you might read that a particular product can offer a quick fix. However, it’s really important that men consider the following factors prior to attempting to treat their skin.
- Over-cleansing: there may be a temptation for men to over-cleanse when tackling a skin ailment. However, this can make the problem a lot worse
- Red hot water: using water that is too hot may lead to irritation and skin damage which increases the risk of skin drying out
- The wrong cleansing products: Using the wrong skin care products can contribute to drying out skin such as soaps, the wrong cleansers and exfoliators
- The wrong moisturiser: Yes – that’s right. Sounds crazy, we know. Most men think that any moisturiser is fine to use on the face but this couldn’t be further from the truth. For example, moisturisers with alcohol and other perfumes can cause irritation and dry out the skin.
- Cheaper products: they’re cheap for a reason and often wont contain the ingredients needed to combat dryness
- Being too abrasive: being overly abrasive with the skin on our face, for example, using a washcloth or scrubbing too hard can cause the skin to dry out and become flaky. This has the potential to cause skin damage which can also lead to the overproduction of sebum. With dry thrown into the mix this can lead to flaky skin and whiteheads.
- Poor diet: having an unhealthy diet can contribute dry skin. The body requires all the nutrients and vitamins in fruit and vegetables. If the body isn’t getting them, it’ll show on the skin.
- Shaving: over shaving can lead to dryness. Only shave if you have to using the correct shaving product for your skin. Neglecting your post-shave care routine may also cause skin to flake and dry out.
HOW TO COMBAT DRY SKIN
Once you start taking the steps above in order to avoid the things that dry out your skin, you can then start the process of treating the problem. In order to treat dry skin, you need to keep up with the routine of keeping skin well cleansed and hydrated. Having nice looking skin is not a quick fix. It’s something you’ll need to keep on top of daily.
WASHING DRY SKIN:
When it comes to washing our face, you’ll need to pay extra attention if you have dry skin. We obviously want to cleanse our face, however, not to the extent of stripping the skin of it’s natural oils. When washing your face, use lukewarm water. Hot water can lead to irritation and dryness. You should only use fresh, running water (don’t fill up the sink and scoop up dirty water to apply to your skin over and over again) Use your fingertips when washing whether you use products or not. Wash your face every morning and night. Finish with a pat dry (no rubbing).
CLEANERS/ FACE-WASH FOR DRY SKIN:
As we know, cleansers and face wash can dry out the skin. If you have dry skin you’ll need to look for a cleanser or face wash that hydrates the skin whilst washing away the first and grime. Look for cleansers that contain natural ingredients which will help to maintain a health pH level for your skin.
AESOP’s purifying face cleanser
Many cleansers do strip away oils in the skin but AESOP’s purifying face cleanser leaves the skin hydrated and well nourished. It’s French clay eliminates impurities & tackles environmental grime on the skin. For deep nourishment, it contains Lavender, Chamomile & Rosemary – however, this leaves no oily residue. Skin will appear clean and smooth after use…perfect for dry and very dry skin.
MOISTURISERS FOR DRY SKIN:
Moisturiser is key for anyone with dry skin. Face Cream should be applied at least twice or sometimes up to three times a day, depending on how dry the skin is. Skin hydration must be applied every time the face is washed.
When choosing a moisturiser for dry skin, make sure that it’s formulated for that – dry skin only. Picking the wrong one, such as one for oily or normal skin, may strip away the natural oils, making your face even dryer.
AESOP PRIMROSE FACIAL HYDRATING CREAM
Aesop primrose hydrating cream is formulated to ultra hydrate and so works well with those suffering dry or very dry skin. This contains all natural ingredients including nut and plant extract that is easily absorbed in to the skin – no greasy residue.
EXFOLIATING DRY SKIN
A lot of people suffering dry skin may avoid exfoliation altogether. However, any skin needs exfoliating to remove dead skin cells which allows the skin to breathe and rejuvenate new and healthy cells. Exfoliating can also assist with moisturising, getting the skin in to better shape in order to absorb it. You should exfoliate at least twice a week, however, this is dependent on your skin. Your exfoliator should not be too abrasive – just because you have dead skin, it doesn’t mean you need a harsh exfoliator to remove it. You’re best off with something mild so not to strip the natural oils from the skin.
AESOP PURIFYING FACIAL EXFOLIATE PASTE
Aesop paste is ideal for anyone with dry skin. It’s finely ground quartz helps to gently remove the dead cells without damaging the skin. It’s lactic acid works to remove impurities and grease on skin. And it’s rosemary leaf, lavender and primrose oils will help to leave skin feeling soothed and hydrated.
EATING HEALTHIER FOR DRY SKIN:
It goes without saying that we could all do with eating a little better and more often. What some people don’t realize is that eating the right food can improve problem skin conditions. Much research has proven this theory. An experiment in recent years supported the theory that eating oily fish (mackerel, salmon and tuna) helped to improve dry skin complaints. If fish isn’t your thing, try introducing fruit and vegetables to you diet (avocados, nuts and sweet potato are all known to help skin conditions).
If you notice your skin is dry and flaky during working hours, carry a travel size moisturiser in your pocket or bag. Nip off to the restroom when needed or top up your hydration at your desk or on the go.