How to Deal With Dry Skin
In this article you'll learn:
1. Why goat milk is a topical
2. The secret to ceramides
3. The magic cactus that has been a "skin savior" for many years.
4. Why liquid exfoliant can be a game changer.
5. How Hyaluronic Acid works.
You’ve got dry skin, and we’ve covered why your skin is dry here. Now let’s talk about how to deal with dry skin so you can wear dark shirts without worry — that'd be cool, right?
1. Got Goat Milk?
Goat milk and human skin have the same pH. If you’re OK with your face smelling a bit like cheese, then this can be a beneficial addition to your bathroom shelf, for 2 key reasons:
- Goat milk is a humectant, which means it locks in moisture and keeps the outer barrier intact. It does this with a healthy dose of fat molecules, which do not separate and stay suspended in the cream (unlike cow's milk), a major boost for skin health. Fat molecules protect pores from pollution and bacteria.
- It has vitamin A, a key player in the creation and repair of skin cells. This increase in cellular turnover can not only help dry skin, but can also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help battle acne.
2. Ceramides don't suck
Ceramides are a class of lipid molecules that we produce naturally, a "glue" that holds skin structure together. “They're kind of greasy and oily by nature, so they’re perfectly suited at providing a moisturization mechanism,” said Geologie founding dermatologist, Dr. Steve.
Unlike hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes by sucking in water anywhere and everywhere, ceramides repel water and support the skin barrier so the moisture that you have in your skin doesn't escape. Thing is, as we age, our skin cells produce less ceramides, which is why many companies produce synthetic ceramides as a replacement.
3. Say "aloe" to the magic cactus
We don’t generally recommend going to a garden center and selecting plants to rub them on your body, but we’d make an exception for aloe. The leaves of this magic cactus-like plant have long been regarded as a "skin savior.” (The ancient Greeks thought it cured baldness).
“It produces a gel that is rich in vitamins A, E, C and B12, and has been used for centuries to help with skin issues like acne, dry skin, uneven skin tone, and eczema,” said Dr. Steve.
Having an Aloe Vera plant nearby to break off a leaf can help develop your green thumb while keeping your face happy. Or, you can try our Vital Morning Face Cream — aloe vera is the very first ingredient.
4. Lactic Acid has appeal
Lactic acid, derived from milk and naturally produced by muscle tissues, is an exfoliant that has moisture-retaining properties to help even out the skin tone. It's commonly used in chemical peels. While exfoliation is a pillar to every skincare routine, most guys don’t have the bandwidth to do it.
That's why using a liquid exfoliant instead of a scrub can be a game changer, as it can dissolve the connection between skin cells and help other ingredients in a regimen to work more effectively. You can find lactic acid in over-the-counter products easily.
5. Hyaluronic Acid: it's a lock
At the proper formulation, you can’t find a more effective liquid exfoliant than Hyaluronic Acid, another naturally-occurring molecule in the skin. Used regularly, it locks in moisture from the outside, like water vapor in humid air, to hydrate, plump, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you experience occasional dry skin, you can likely treat it with a sensitive skincare regimen — we've put Hyaluronic Acid in our Vital Morning Face Cream. If you develop severe dry skin, however, make an appointment with your doctor.
Have any questions? Give us a shout, we’ll get you sorted out and your face hydrated like an all-star.