If You Have Dry Skin...
Blame the flakiness―along with the redness and itchiness―on your skin’s barrier layer, which doesn’t retain natural oils or water as well as it should.
The Best Regimen
- To keep your complexion quenched and healthy, use cleansers and creams with emollient ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
- Skip foaming face washes, since they strip away lipids, and avoid anything containing harsh retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids, says Fran Cook-Bolden, a dermatologist in New York City.
- If your skin is very flaky or peeling, try a face oil under your moisturizer―it will smooth out your skin.