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A baker's dozen of dry skin secrets

If you have dry skin, this could be your lucky day! Check out our thirteen tips and tricks to help you cope with the problem

26 NOVEMBER 2010

We don't think we'll be revealing any secrets by reminding you that moisturising is the key to dealing with dry skin: no doubt you found that out long ago. But we do think we've got a few tips you might not know, and which may help you take care of your dry skin. After all, this skin type has very specific needs if we want it to fulfil its natural protective function and still remain in good condition.

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  • Always use gentle cleansers that won't alter the balance of the skin's natural hydrolipid film.
  • Avoid astringent and alcohol-based toners.
  • Don't forget your neck and cleavage area when you apply your moisturiser.
  • You know your skin better than anyone: even if your skin is very dry, if you feel that you shouldn't be applying moisturiser to the T-zone, listen to your instincts.
  • In your house and office, try and raise the ambient humidity by using humidifiers, or simply by placing a bowl of water near to the radiators and air conditioning units.
  • Try and avoid very hot and stuffy atmospheres.
  • Some weather conditions are particularly difficult for people with dry skins, particularly cold weather, strong sun and wind. Check the forecast and use an extra-rich cream to compensate.
  • If you have to fly, apply an extra-rich moisturiser and carry a travel-size container with you so you can re-apply during the flight if you feel you need to.
  • Be very careful when it comes to the sun. Always use a moisturising sun cream, limit your sun-bathing time and don't forget to apply an after-sun lotion.
  • Drink at least two litres of water each day. This will be more effective if you spread it out over the course of the day rather than concentrating it into a couple of huge glasses.
  • Always choose cosmetics and creams designed specifically for dry skins.
  • Once a week pamper yourself with a moisturising face mask.
  • Remember that low-fat diets can exacerbate the problem – even if you're trying to lose weight, you do need some fat in your diet.

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