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10 Steps to Perfect Skin Care and Face Care for Dry Skin

Updated on September 30, 2010

I have recently taken a strong interest in skin care. Of course, I have always made sure to take basic care of my skin but recently I’ve been putting just a little bit more effort into it. I’m happy with the results and have found that it really doesn’t take all that much more time or money that what I was putting into my skin before. If you have dry skin then you might be able to benefit from my current skin care regime which includes:

1.     Use a cleanser twice daily. I think this small step has made the biggest difference for my skin. In the past I would generally just wash my face once while I was in the shower using a general body soap that was safe for the face as well. Now I take the time to use a cleanser made just for face washing and to use it twice per day.

2.     Use a microexfoliant once daily. Immediately after washing my face with a cleanser in the morning, I use a microexfoliant on my skin. It’s just a powder that I add a dab of water to and then rub on my face. In the past, I had been using a face scrub but this is much less harsh and seems healthier.

3.     Use toner twice daily.It is a little bit embarrassing to admit this but I didn’t know what toner was until very recently. I’ve since learned that it’s just a convenient little spray that I spray on to my face after my cleanser or microexfoliant. It feels really refreshing and I’m told it helps with the moisturizing of my skin.

4.     Use moisturizer twice daily. I never really used a face moisturizer before. Sometimes I would apply a general lotion to my face when it felt dry but I just didn’t bother with this step in the past. Since starting to use a face moisturizer twice a day, I’ve definitely noticed a softer, richer feeling to my skin.

5.     Add SPF in the morning. I am the type of person who typically only applies sunscreen if I’m going to be out all day in the sun. Since I spend most of my time indoors, I’ve always thought it was a little bit silly to put SPF on every single day. However, it was recommended to me that I add SPF lotion to my moisturizer each morning. I’ve been trying it. I’m not sure how much it contributes to the improved quality of my skin but I’m trusting the experts on this one for now.

6.     Drink ridiculous amounts of water. This is something that I list in so many of my articles because drinking water is good for so many different aspects of your health. If you have dry skin, it’s crucial to get as much water throughout the day as you can. You can moisturize the skin to your heart’s content but it just doesn’t have the same results as if you drink water and replenish the skin from the inside out. I’ve started making sure to drink a glass of water in the morning, at night and with each meal.

7.     Use a hydrating face mask twice per week. I never really knew what type of face mask to use at home but of course it makes sense that a hydrating mask would be right for dry skin. I’m using a man-made one but of course you could also make your own natural face mask from food products if you were so inclined.

8.     Eat moisture-rich foods that are good for your skin. Speaking of food, it’s important to make sure that you’re eating a proper diet for good skin care. I’m guilty of eating too many processed foods, buttery foods, etc. but I’m getting a lot better about eating all-organic, natural raw foods that are moisture-rich and healthy for my skin. I definitely think it’s going to make a long term difference in the healthfulness of my skin.

9.     Get bi-weekly facials. There is only so much that I feel like I can do at home for my own skin. This new skin care regime is definitely helping with my daily skin appearance but there are things that can be done by professionals that I just don’t do as well at home. That’s why I think getting facials once or twice a month is going to be something that I’m going to commit to for myself. The extractions that they do, the extra care they give the skin and the ongoing advice that they offer for improving skin care all seem very beneficial to improving the quality of my skin.

10. Exercise. Finally, I’m a believer that sweating out the things that are in your body is good for your body overall. The more gross stuff you have piled into your body, the worse it seems that your skin is going to look right? I’m definitely trying to purify what goes into my body by eating better and drinking more water but that doesn’t mean that things are perfect in there. Proper exercise is good for so many things and sweating out toxins is certainly one of them. I think this is good for my skin, too, as long as I’m replacing that sweat with fresh clean water!

What do you do for your skin care regime? Is it different for you because you have oily skin? Commit to making a change towards better skin today!

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    Bobby 

    5 years ago from U.K

    This is a great hub. I've recently increased my water intake and switched from a soap to a cleanser which I've found really helps. I used to suffer from dry skin but now it has gone in the opposite direction and is now very oily so the cleanser twice a day does wonders for me and only tend to moisturize in the winter. Voted up :)

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    cynthia echobi 

    6 years ago

    thanks 4 d advice

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    derma 

    6 years ago

    WOrthy advice there. thank you for sharing.

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    Lisa K 

    6 years ago

    Try mederma cream. It work and it is cheap. buy it from wwww.mederma-cream.com

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    hello 

    6 years ago

    i tried this advice for months and nothing happend its still the same i swear u pple are laim

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    pidbgv 

    7 years ago

    help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    nahida 

    7 years ago

    help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    saif113sb 

    7 years ago

    What a very helpful advice! Thanks for writing this article.

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    dunia 

    7 years ago

    whitaning&treatments face

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    MartyWare 

    8 years ago from New South Wales Australia

    Drinking lots of water makes a huge difference. I also recommend that its filtered and changed from acid to alkaline within the filter.

    The changes I saw after doing this were amazing!

    Marty Ware

    The SEO DAD & the creater of The Hubpages Tribe!

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    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Drinking water has got to be the biggest and best advice! I did find the many pointers very helpful and gave me new direction for skin care. Thank you for sharing!

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    ocbill 

    8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

    Nice information. I think what made a difference for me was drinking extreme amounts of water, more green leafy vegetables, much less enriched flour breads and 2 to 3 washes per day for oily skin. I'd like more info in microexfoliants though. Thanks

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    Nan 

    8 years ago

    Good writing, and during the summer you can lighten up on the peparations that you put on your face! I had a friend that used only vaseline on her face, and it worked for her.

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    Vernon Bradley 

    8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

    Very interesting information. You hear so much about skin care, especially for women, and I see plenty of skin care products. Many of them seem to have common ingredients, but a more wide variety of price. Never know what to believe. So I appreciate you listing it out for us. Seems all simple enough, but definitely requires a committment. One would think that committing to your skin would be pretty easy, uh? Not! I was most interested in the foods, so I linked over to your earlier blog and I am glad that I am eating those foods already. I love canteloupe and its hard to find good canteloupe throughout the year and lately, I've had some delightful ones and glad to know my skin appreciates it as well. Amd I've been putting away the water lately as well. It's hard to stay conscious of that one and then continue drinking! Water, of course. Thanks again for an informative hub.

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