People with dry, sensitive skin are usually leery of skin treatments for fear they will exacerbate their dryness. But that is simply not true. Skin treatments are not one size fits all and while some treatments may not be appropriate for those with dry sensitive skin there are still many options that are. Regardless of your skin type and condition treatments are crucial to skin health and for those with dry sensitive skin it may just be what your skin needs to heal and rebalance.
In fact, without proper care, dry skin can become tough. Think of a grape when it gets dehydrated it becomes a raisin: the same happens to your skin. As it dries, it becomes dull, and fine lines and wrinkles proliferate.
Luckily, there are many facial treatments for people with dry skin that can actually help to heal the dryness and restore your skin’s hydration.
A Note on Exfoliation…
While you don’t want to over-exfoliate dry skin, as dry skin tends to be very reactive, exfoliating is still important. Sloughing off dry, dead skin allows products to better absorb into your pores, helping the skin remain balanced and hydrated.
You can certainly exfoliate at home but be cautious of the exfoliating product(s) you use. For instance, products with beads or crushed particles can cut or tear the skin. You may be safer using an exfoliating cleanser or product that contains exfoliating ingredients like: glycolic acid, an AHA, lactic acid, or enzymes.
However, nothing can replace a professional treatment. After all, skin professionals are the experts. Skincare professionals can help people with dry skin find the right treatments to address the dryness and maintain healthy skin that will stay hydrated and balanced.
Here are a few great professional treatments for dry skin, especially dry skin on the face, to help exfoliate and hydrate:
As the name would suggest, this is a “wet” hydrating facial. HydraFacial is a machine that utilizes multiple steps. It cleanses, exfoliates, and extracts clogged pores and blackheads. Then it pushes and infuses specialty serums packed with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid into the skin.
The skin rehydrates, and the treatment leaves it feeling and looking smoother, plumper, and brighter. This treatment can be done as frequently as every 2 weeks, but most patients can only commit to once a month or so. This treatment is also perfect right before a big event, as the skin is immediately radiant and glowy after a Hydrafacial.
Dermaplaning can only be done by a licensed skin professional. This treatment utilizes a scalpel to shave or remove the little fine hairs (vellus hair) on the face and neck as well as the outer layer of the skin.
By removing the hair and outer layer of skin, you will notice any products you apply will penetrate deeper into your pores. The treatment also keeps the skin from looking dull and dry, and in turn softens fine lines and wrinkles.
Allowing the products to soak in will help to rehydrate the skin but it will also help to regulate the oil production in the skin in hopes of correcting issues with dryness.
Dermaplaning also pairs well with the next treatment!
3. SkinCeuticals Micropeel Sensitive
This is a superficial peel, meaning your skin is not going to flake and peel off days after your treatment. This unique formula utilizes lactic acid with niacin to exfoliate and polish the skin. It not only helps to exfoliate, but also serves to decongest the skin and to reduce sun damage.
For a dynamic duo, pair this peel with dermaplaning. This peel is followed by a hydrating mask to further nourish the skin, which will absorb even better after a dermaplaning treatment.
The micropeel and dermaplaning treatments can be standalone treatments for dry skin, or you can pair them together – it’s up to you. Keep in mind, you can have a micropeel every 4 to 6 weeks.
Whatever skin treatment you select for your dry skin, consider getting them done routinely. As always, taking great care of your skin at home is also imperative.
If you have dry skin, stay away from drying products like gel cleansers or stripping toners that have alcohol in them. Also look for serums and lotions with peptides and hyaluronic acid.
And whatever you do: always use sunscreen!