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How To Get Hydrated Skin When You Are Usually as Dry as the Sahara Desert


Has winter wreaked havoc on your dry skin? The cold, dry air can make skin feel flaky and dehydrated which is not cute! If you’re like me and already have dry skin, this weather is destroying your face. In addition to dry skin, I have sensitive skin. Therefore, a lot of products only further irritate my skin. I have to be really careful with what I use or I turn into a blotchy monster. I’ve experimented a ton with my skincare, but now I want to share my secrets with you so that you don’t have to go through my struggle!


My first advice is applicable to all faces. You have to be careful when it comes to makeup. Stay away from any makeup that seems too cheap to be true. It probably isn’t very good for your face. You should also keep track of how long you’ve had the makeup that you use. Each product has a different life span, but if you’ve had that tube of mascara for over six months, you need a new one. My last advice when it comes to makeup is to take it off! Always take off your makeup at the end of the day!


The next step to happier, more hydrated skin is to check that what you’re washing your face with is right for you. If you have dry skin, using an acne wash everyday is a bad idea! That will only dry out your skin like crazy. Instead, use the acne wash only when you feel some acne coming on. An even better idea is to forgo the acne wash and use acne dots only on problem spots instead. That way you are still drying out your zits without drying out your whole face. Products that are meant for sensitive skin are usually a good bet.


The most important step toward having hydrated skin is to have a good moisturizer! Here’s a secret, a lot of moisturizers just sit heavily on top of your face without actually solving your problem. This is why you want to get a hydrator instead. The first ingredient should always be water, and it should say “hydrating” or “hydrator” on the package. I recommend the Intensive Hydrating Serum with Green Tea Seed by Innisfree! This serum is light, so it won’t make your face feel sticky. It also works very well! Use this after cleansing your face so that it can hydrate your skin without any dirt, oil or makeup being in the way.


My fourth tip is to have a once-in-a-while treatment for the days that your face is just tragically dry. My go to is using a face mask! You shouldn’t be using face masks every single day, but they can be an absolute lifesaver sometimes! If you are looking for a quality face mask, try looking at the ones that Innisfree makes. They allow you to shop by skin type or skin concern so you know that you are using the correct product.


My last piece of advice to turn your dry skin into happy, hydrated skin is to wear sunscreen every single day! Yes, you should even wear it in the winter. This may seem drastic, but it does wonders to protect your skin. You may not even have to make this an extra step. There are lots of makeup products and hydrators that already have sunscreen in them. Look for foundations, moisturizers and chapsticks that have SPF so that you will never forget to protect your beautiful skin. If you’re worried about getting pale, that’s what bronzer is for!


No matter your skin tone, healthy skin is always in style!



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Hannah Fahy

Geneseo '20

Hannah Fahy is a junior English secondary education major at SUNY Geneseo. She is very involved on campus as the secretary of Circus Club and a general member of Musical Theater Club. She is also the social media coordinator of the Geneseo Her Campus chapter! She is an aspiring unicyclist who enjoys reading, donating blood, and knitting. She is always learning a new skill because she believes that you should never stop learning.
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