Okay, let's be frank here. I'm not your ordinary girl next door who puts on make up whenever she goes out or goes for facial treatment once a month. Well, let's just say that by not doing the above 2 activities, I managed to save up quite a lot of money, haha! But of course, I have my own reasons.
First of all, my work doesn't require me to put on make up and the most important factor here would be, my face becomes extremely oily after a certain period and I tend to moisturize it from time to time. That would mean putting on make up will be a waste of time and effort if I were just going to remove them after a short period.
So I'll be blogging on "How To Treat Dry & Dehydrated Skin" in this post although I have to admit that my knowledge on this topic is very little. I repeat, very little. In short, whatever that you will be reading from now on is just my personal opinions :)
By looking at the picture above, can you tell that whether the skin is classified as dry or dehydrated? Some of you may say dry while the others may conclude that it's dehydrated. I don't know either but since it's my face (I know, it's not the perfect skin condition T_T), I'll probably say it's considered as the dehydrated skin. I still have to leave it to the professionals to do their job in determining my skin type though ;p
So.... ask yourself this question - are dry and dehydrated skin the same? If no, what are the differences?
Basically, dry skin, as the name implies, means that the skin is not producing sebum in the skin. So, a person with dry skin will have small pores due to the lack of sebum being produced. On the other hand, dehydrated skin can produce oil but it lacks water content, thus appearing to be flaky and firm. People commonly think that dry skin is equivalent to dehydrated skin but in fact, they are not the same.
Causes of dehydrated skin include prolonged exposure to the sun, cold weather or windy environment, taking long hot showers, less water consumption, over cleansing or over bathing, too much exposure to air conditioning rooms and high salt intake in foods. As for dry skin, it can be caused by genetic factors, old age, menopause for women and too much medications for acne, pimples and other skin diseases. (source)
Please ignore the redness of my face. Took this picture after walking for about 2-3 hours. But look, my face is so oily (it's not so obvious in picture for sure!) and my skin just doesn't "glow".
Here's my way of dealing with dry/dehydrated skin.
Well, you're looking at the products that I use daily in taking good care of my face :D
# Huge water bottle - I bring this to my office and refill it at least 4 - 5 times without fail. Office is air-conditioned and sometimes it's ridiculously cold but I still make sure I consume enough water just to keep myself hydrated at all times.
# Eucerin pH5 wash lotion - Suitable for body and face. I find this useful because my skin feels smooth and soft without drying out even after frequent washing.
# Tea Tree blotting tissues - I use this to absorb the excess oil on my face in situations whereby I can't wash my face. I use this mostly when I go out with friends.
# Wet wipes - Another useful item that I always carry in my bag. Usually I'll use this to wipe my face after using the blotting tissues.
# Johnson's Baby milk bath - This will be my shower cream. Besides my face, the skin on my hands is also flaky most of the times so this product provides the necessary moisture to my body.
# Cotton sheets - Instead of using a towel with rough surface, I use cotton sheets to dry my face after washing by absorbing the water contents from one part to another slowly.
As you can see, I don't use facial scrub or moisturizer at all. I do think that sometimes the more facial products I use, the worse my skin condition becomes, hence I try to keep it as simple as I can when it comes to facial products.
Maybe my methods are not the best but you can try the following steps:
1. Cleanse face with a cleanser than suits your skin type the most. Note, do it gently.
2. Wipe off cleanser, rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry.
3. Apply a mixture of lavender oil and baking soda onto face for a few minutes.
4. Rinse face again, pat dry.
5. Apply moisturizer to complete the process.
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Did I mention that there is a blogging contest as well? Yap, that's right! Just blog and you could be the lucky winner to walk away with the grand prize! I'm trying my luck too :)
Now now, I wish my skin glows in pictures like above in future. If you're wondering, the above picture was taken using Camera360 with the Magic Skin filter on my phone.
Shall end this post with my Domokun and Kuma!