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How to Cure Dry Skin Overnight

Washing your face doesn’t always do the trick. Cure dry skin overnight by using an assortment of treatments and skin care routines.

By April DemarcoPublished 6 years ago 5 min read
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The worst way to wake up in the morning is with dry, flaky, irritated skin. If you have ever experienced this, then you know how much it could affect your day. The cause of it can be anything from dry air to specific skin conditions. No matter what the cause, you want fast relief. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as washing your face every night or taking showers or baths. In fact, depending on the dryness of your skin, you might have to result to using a hydrating serum, a moisturizer, and a face oil all to add moisture to your skin.

A smooth and flawless face is every woman’s dream, and it’s absolutely achievable. All it takes is a skin care routine and some discipline. Of all the treatments and skin care routines out there, how do you know which is best, too? One thing is for sure, it is absolutely better to use one type of treatment, cream, or ointment and have your face get adjusted to it rather than using different ones each day. The different chemicals in each treatment may end up counteracting and making your skin even more irritated, so choosing the best product is vital in order to cure dry skin overnight. As soon as you find a routine that works and stick to it, you will be glowing in no time.

Knowing Your Skin Type

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It is common for people to mistake dehydrated skin for dry skin, and it is extremely important to know the difference. Dry skin is a skin type. It is when your skin constantly feels tight and holds no natural oil. Dehydrated skin comes and goes. It is something that arrives during specific seasons or by using the wrong skincare products. Before applying any of the recommended treatments, make sure that the dry skin on your face is due to having dry skin, not dehydrated skin. Similarly, make sure you aren't accidentally applying moisturizer that is drying out your skin by using the wrong kind or too much!

Warm Water

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If you’re anything like myself, hot showers can seem like heaven. If you have dry skin on the other hand, it may not be the best idea. Hot showers wash away the natural oils from your face. These are the oils that keep your face moisturized and make your skin smooth. The best way to avoid this is to use warm instead of hot water, and that goes for when you’re washing your face, too!

Sometimes however, showers and baths aren’t enough for our dry skin, so the next best thing is to take an oatmeal bath. Colloidal oatmeal binds to your skin and forms a protective barrier, thus making it difficult for your skin to dry out. Not only does it hold in moisture, but it also cleans your skin. It is a remedy that people have been using for centuries.

Being Gentle

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Your face is a canvas, and you should treat it as one. When you are taking a shower, wash your face with a soapless cleanser that is fragrance free. Fragrance is an added chemical in soaps that can cause sensitive skin to break out.

Be sure to avoid toners, peels, and astringents that contain alcohol, because alcohol is another chemical that drys out skin. When it comes to exfoliation, don’t scrub your face too hard because it can irritate and thicken your skin.

In order to get rid of dry skin, you must combat it with specific acids and oils. Hyaluronic acid is naturally part of your skin. When you are low in hyaluronic acid, it can be a factor in having dry skin. This is why some skin care products have this is an ingredient, to ensure your skin gets the moisture you need to remain comfortable throughout your day.

Grabbing yourself a hyaluronic acid treatment can plump up your skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used by itself and rubbed gently into the affected areas, or it can be mixed in with your favorite moisturizer.

It is often recommended that those who suffer from dry skin should use cleansers that contain ceramides. Ceramides are essential to healthy skin because they are fatty molecules that make up about 50 percent of the outer barrier of your skin and help skin maintain its moisture. Without ceramides, our skin becomes red, irritated, flaky, and extremely sensitive. There are some skin care products that you can use to replace lost ceramides.

Glycolic and lactic acids can be used to exfoliate skin and remove the layers of dry and dead skin. These acids also double as a way for the skin to strengthen its ability to keep in moisture, making it more difficult for the skin to suffer from dryness.

Among all of the acids that are present in our skin, glycolic and lactic acids have the best results for all ages and skin types, and are the most researched by the American Academy of Dermatology. Both of these acids have the ability to teach skin to keep in moisture to ensure consistent results.


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If it wasn’t for moisture, all of our skin would suffer from dryness and irritation. It's not always feasible to drop your paycheck on skin care solutions though, right? Before you go out and spend a lot of money on rich moisturizer creams, sometimes even the simplest of moisturizers can help you fight dry skin on a budget.

After you wash your face with warm water and pat it down to dry, you can use shea butter, ceramides, or even petroleum jelly. Each of these products will replenish your skin barrier in a way that is very similar to the way your body naturally does this. It's important to note, too, that on those especially hot days when you feel like you need double protection, you can always use a moisturizer with sunscreen, as the extra added moisturizer most likely will not harm your skin.


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The right natural oils can keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and glowing, and even fight breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to apply only a patch before you commit to an oil.

Two oils that you can find at your local market and are great for combating dry skin is coconut oil and olive oil. These two oils restore the moisture in your skin and are very rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. They are both very similar to our natural oils, therefore it is easy for our skin to absorb it. Some experts even say that these oils can protect against skin cancer. Otherwise, there are multiple combinations of essential oil mixtures for skin care that will help you achieve your skin care dreams.


About the Creator

April Demarco

Proud mom of three chinchillas, hard core Justin Bieber fan, watches Unsolved Murders religiously

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