Only people with dry skin know the frustration of living with it. Dry patches, redness and itchy skin are some problems that are second nature to this skin type. Choosing the wrong makeup formula is a cardinal sin, as it not only further dries your skin out, but also exaggerates the dry patches on it, making your skin look flaky.

While everyone knows the ‘dos’ to treat dry skin so it appears nourished and moisturised, there are certain ‘don’ts’ that you need to strictly follow to keep dryness at bay.

Read on to find out about all the things that you need to avoid doing if you want to banish dry skin once and for all.

Drying your face before applying moisturiser
 

Drying your face before applying moisturiser

If, after cleansing your face, you tend to reach for a towel right away, then that’s something you need to stop doing ASAP. According to the experts, the best time to moisturise is right after cleansing your face, but before you dry off. Why, you ask? Well, this little trick helps your skin lock in hydration and intensely moisturise your skin.

Taking steaming hot showers
 

Taking steaming hot showers

We know, we know. Hot showers are super relaxing, but the problem is that they aren’t really that rejuvenating for your skin. Bathing in water that’s too warm strips your skin of natural oils, making it even drier. And obviously, that’s the last thing you want for your dry skin, right? Next time you hop in the shower, cleanse your skin in lukewarm water instead.

Washing your face too often
 

Washing your face too often

There is no doubt that cleansing your face is absolutely necessary for every skin type. However, you should wash your face no more than twice a day. Make sure to look for a cleanser formulated for dry skin type and be gentle while using it. If you need to wash your face after a gym session, then try a no-rinse formula such as micellar water to avoid drying your skin further.

Mostly wearing matte makeup
 

Mostly wearing matte makeup

While a consistent skincare routine is the key to dealing with dry skin, the kind of makeup you use also plays a major role in how your complexion looks. While matte makeup is super-trendy, the flat finish can actually make your skin look drier and draw attention to dry patches. Thankfully, glowy makeup is in too, therefore, look for liquid products that have a radiant finish.

Skipping serums
 

Skipping serums

If you have dry skin, don’t even think about skipping out on facial serum! Using the right facial serum underneath your moisturiser can seriously nourish and hydrate dry skin. Since it is brimming with active ingredients and has a lightweight, watery texture, it sinks into the skin and delivers hydration straight to the deeper layers for better moisturisation.

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