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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | Selecting a Facial Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Selecting a Facial Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Everybody deals with a bout of dry skin once in a while. But for people with regularly dry skin, the chronic flaking and itchiness can become unbearable. Making regular use of a facial moisturizer for dry skin can banish those annoying symptoms to reveal healthy, glowing skin.

How to Tell if You Have Dry Skin

To determine if you have dry skin, grab a mirror and take a closer look at your face. Check your cheeks.

Do they appear rough and flaking?
Is your t-zone free of excess oil and breakouts?
Or do your cheeks feel tight?

These are all good indicators of dry skin.

Now, what if your cheeks feel dry, but your t-zone is oily? This means that you have combination skin, and we have you covered in this post as well.

What are the Benefits of Using a Moisturizer?

There is no rule that says you have to include a moisturizer in your skin care program. And if you use other products, you can still see an improvement in your complexion, despite not including a moisturizer.

But if you do suffer from flaking skin, then using a facial moisturizer for dry skin can provide some much needed relief.

Moisturizers are extremely helpful in preventing and treating the effects of environmental factors, like the wind and dry air of the winter months. You can apply a facial moisturizer any time you experience discomfort as a way to rehydrate and refresh your skin.

The skin is the body's largest organ, and it acts like a big sponge. Adding a moisturizer to an area causes your skin in that area to expand, just a bit, and this is what makes those pesky fine lines diminish.

Since people with dry skin are especially prone to developing signs of premature aging, this is a definite advantage to using a facial moisturizer for dry skin.

(As a note, flaking in the crease on the side of your nose and in your eyebrows may actually be a sign of dandruff - seborrhoeic dermatitis - for which a moisturizer may exacerbate the issue.)

How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for Dry or Combination Skin

People with dry skin can benefit greatly by using a thick, rich moisturizer. These moisturizers are heavier, which allows them to penetrate deeply, and heal the skin. They may even contain oil to help keep moisture in.

We suggest the oil-based BeautyRx Ultimate Moisture Night Cream, which has been enhanced with emollients that help lock in moisture to make your skin resilient.

For combination skin types, on the other hand, it is very important to steer clear of moisturizers with oil in them. Oil can contribute to breakouts and other skin irritations, leaving your skin worse off than before.

The perfect solution to rehydrate your combination skin is BeautyRx's Nourishing Moisture Cream. This product is oil-free, so it won't contribute to breakouts, is packed with rejuvenating antioxidants, and is a medium-weight and perfect for dry, winter months. Remember, oily skin is not the same as well-hydrated skin.

Another strategy to treat your combination skin is to apply a product designed for oily skin - such as the BeautyRx Light Rehydrating Lotion - to the oily parts of your face, and a product designed for dry skin - such as the BeautyRx Ultimate Moisture Night Cream - to the dry areas. If this sounds like too much trouble, you'll also get great results by using any oil-free moisturizer on your entire face.


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