If you have dry skin, you probably already know that you should apply moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides to it to calm it down. However, you may not realize that even the most moisturizing treatment can be outdated if it contains at least one skin drying agent. That’s why, if you’re dealing with dryness, board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D., begs you to stay away from botanical exfoliants.
In the latest issue Dear DermDr. Gohara reviews one reader’s Well + Good dry skin care regimen – and in particular, there is one type of product she says isn’t worth the shelf space. “I don’t like botanical scrubs,” she says after learning that a reader uses one or three times a week as an exfoliating agent. “I don’t like scrubs or anything herbal, because both can dry out your skin independently. And when you use them together, it’s like a one-way ticket to Dry-ville. ”
Exfoliating is important for removing dry skin cells from the surface of your skin so your other products can penetrate more deeply, but instead of using a scrub, Dr. Gohara suggests using chemical exfoliating ingredients such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids. And if you have dry skin, you should limit exfoliation to once a week. “If you want to take an extra step after your cleanser, you can use a salicylic acid toner, but since salicylic acid is an exfoliator and also helps cut through the oils on your skin, it will probably dry things out a little,” she says. … You can also use mild AHAs like lactic or malic acid, which tend to be less irritating to dry skin than other acids. And at night when you not When using an exfoliant, replace the hyaluronic acid serum, which acts as a moisturizer by drawing moisture into the skin for added hydration.
To see what other products Dr. Gohara has to offer for dry skin (and which ones she wants you to promise never to use again), hit the play button in the video above.