You apply moisturizer and apply moisturizer and your skin is still dry.

What is transaction?

Why does dry skin not react when you apply moisturizer?

It’s natural to think that after applying moisturizer, your skin will feel softer and more comfortable.

But that’s not always the case.

You can apply extra moisture and still find your skin dry and dull.

Why would this be?

There are several reasons that we will look at below. The key is to do some detective work and find out why your skin isn’t reacting to your moisturizer.

Dry skin is damaged skin. It’s a sign that the outer barrier has been damaged and is allowing too much moisture to evaporate. Not only does this make you age faster, but it also puts you at increased risk for other skin problems, such as inflammation, irritation, and infection.

7 Reasons Your Skin Is Dry Even After You Apply Moisturizer

1. Your cleanser is too harsh.

We don’t often make the link between dry skin and cleansing, but we should. If you strip moisture from your skin when you wash your face, your moisturizer — even a good one — will have a hard time helping your skin recover, leaving you with dry skin.

You’ve probably been taught that your skin is clean when it feels clean, but this isn’t true, especially as you age. If your skin feels clean, it means you’ve lost some of your skin’s natural moisture in the process, and your cleanser is probably too strong.

Look for cleansers that are pH balanced and include some mild moisturizers to help leave skin soft and smooth. In most cases, cream, balm, or oil cleansers are best for dry skin, although lotion cleansers can also be appropriately moisturizing if they’re made with mild ingredients.

2. Your ink is dry.

Many department store toners contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. If you’re using one of these toners, even if your cleanser is a good one, you can still dry out your skin.

A quality toner can help restore pH balance after cleansing, unclog pores, and remove makeup and impurities. It can also provide some moisture to help prepare your skin to better accept the moisturizer.

Choose a toner that is good for your skin. Avoid those with alcohol and chemical fragrances, as they can be drying and irritating. Look for one that is moisturizing and soothing.

We recommend the Relief + Soothing Spray as it will help correct any irritation while providing mild healing moisture.

Remember that even if you have oily skin, you still need some moisture. If you let your skin get too dry, your skin will overreact by producing more oil, leading to more breakouts. Our Rescue + Relief Spray is a great solution because it’s oil-free and non-comedogenic.

3. Too much dead skin accumulates on the surface.

Your skin is constantly regenerating and resurfacing, which means younger cells are being born deep within the skin and moving to the surface, as older cells slough off.

As you age, this process slows down. In particular, dead skin cells on the surface may not slough off as they should, but instead, stick around making the skin look dry and dull.

As these dead skin cells build up, they form a barrier on the skin that your moisturizer can’t penetrate. So even if you apply a good moisturizer, it won’t pass to properly moisturize your skin.

There are two types of exfoliants you can use to remove this buildup of dead skin cells:

  • Material property: These include cleaners that are rough in texture and work manually by loosening and sloughing off build-up.
  • Chemistry: They contain ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids that help dissolve buildup and facilitate younger skin cells.

While you can use either type, many people with sensitive skin find that these physical types create small marks on the skin. This can lead to inflammation, irritation, and even breakouts.

So if your exfoliator is making your skin worse for better, switch to a chemical exfoliator that includes gentle fruit acids like salicylic acid and malic acid.

4. You are dry inside and out.

Even if you are mildly dehydrated, your skin can still look dry and dull. That’s because the body is smart: if it detects water levels are falling, it pulls moisture from your skin and other peripheral areas and distributes it to your vital organs, such as your heart and lungs. , liver and kidney.

Of course, without that moisture inside, your skin will be more prone to dryness. So make sure you’re drinking enough water every day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

(Note: While dry skin lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks water. Both can make skin look dry and wrinkled, but they require slightly different solutions.)

Apply a soothing moisturizer5. You are using the wrong moisturizer.

If you have dry skin, you want a moisturizer that can deliver moisture to the skin on contact, then penetrates deeply to moisturize the deeper layers of skin.

You also want a product with nourishing, healthy ingredients that will help your skin look better over time. These include essential fatty acids (usually from natural oils), ceramides, triglycerides, natural butter, glycerin, plant-based ingredients, and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

If you’re using a product with synthetic fragrances, gasoline, alcohol, and other harsh ingredients, they’re unlikely to provide lasting moisture. Instead, they tend to cover the skin for a short time, after which their effects wear off.

We recommend our Moisturizing Body Repair and Soothing Moisturizer. Both contain our powerful Tri-Rescue Complex with potent antioxidants to protect skin from the elements, along with natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to help calm reactive skin. They’re filled with nourishing natural oils like sunflower and jojoba, as well as natural shea butter and bisabolol (from chamomile.)

6. You’re moisturizing at the wrong time.

Turns out there’s a “right” time to moisturize. Of course, you can apply moisturizer at any time, but if you want to keep your skin from drying out, you must apply it directly after cleansing and nourishing your skin, while the skin is still damp.

Why is this so important? Your skin has the most moisture when it’s wet, and moisturizer works best when your skin is hydrated. If you apply moisture to dry skin, it will sink in and disappear, leaving your skin feeling dry.

So, apply immediately after cleansing and nourishing your skin. If you need to apply it at another time, splash water on your skin, pat it gently with a towel, and then apply extra moisturizer.

7. You are overusing moisturizer.

Maybe you’re applying too much product to your skin.

Moisturizers are designed to be used sparingly, and too much can backfire. Plus, over-moisturizing doesn’t give your skin enough time to fully absorb the product and then “breathe” between applications. Instead, the moisturizer acts as a barrier and doesn’t let anything else through.

Over-moisturizing can also cause the skin to stop producing oil, which slows down the absorption of important nutrients in your moisturizer.

You can tell if you’re using too much moisturizer by these signs:

  • Clogged pores
  • Bruise
  • Blackhead
  • Excess oil production
  • Rough or flaky skin

The best way to avoid over-moisturizing is to:

  • Use the best moisturizer for your skin.
  • Exfoliate your skin regularly – 1 to 3 times a week.
  • Drink enough water and eat foods that contain a lot of water (like melons and other fruits).
  • Follow a regular skin care regimen every morning and night so that the skin gets used to moisturizing twice a day.

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Featured photo of Ekaterina Bolovtsova from Pexels.


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