There are many myths about dry skin. These are the top 5 I'm going to jump right into.
Myth 1: YOU SHOULD USE MORE OIL BASED PRODUCTS ON DRY SKIN
The truth is yes dry skin can come from not producing enough natural oil that comes from your body. Your skin needs moisture and hydration. I wont bore you with a long science lesson (unless your inner nerd wants to play with mine) but just know that oil does not keep your skin moisture levels where they need to be to eliminate dry skin. Thus is why we need moisturizers AND oil. Also avoid things that strip your skin of natural oils. I know we love a good hot steamy bath especially when its cold outside but if you are on the dry side skip that part.
Myth 2: DRY SKIN ONLY HAPPENS IN THE WINTER
Tell that to my skin! LOL Its true you can also have dry skin in the summer, spring or fall not just winter. When the skin is lacking natural oils, dehydrated, being strip of oils and cant maintain moisture it will become dry. Also another sneaky culprit of dry skin in the winter months is the artificial indoor heating. When its cooler out we want to warm it up inside unfortunately for our skin this can mean dry skin. Try humidifiers and air purifiers.
Myth 3: YOU SHOULD NOT EXFOLIATE DRY SKIN
This is just blasphemy! Exfoliating helps remove that dead layer of skin cells and build up that we get all the time. Once you remove the gunk beautiful skin emerges and it also gives your other skincare products the opportunity to reach down into the skin cells boosting effectiveness & work their magic. Now if your skin is extremely dry don't use an exfoliant with harsh textures. Chola Exfoliant is an enzyme that goes on smooth and works on a cellular level so you don't have to wash it off or worry about irritating already agitated skin.
Myth 4: YOU'RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
You are probably not but that may not be the sole cause of your dry skin. Some dry skin is due to dehydration and in which case yes bottoms up, but if dehydration is not your particular problem increasing water wont help completely. To tackle dry skin topically switch up your moisturizer and try including humectants like hyaluronic acid (Synergy has hyaluronic acid, go ahead and get you some...you'll thank me later).
Myth 5: THE THICKER THE MOISTURIZER THE BETTER
The fact is the thickness has absolutely nothing to do with it. Its really all about the ingredients. Finding something that's going to penetrate and really mimic how your body naturally lubricates itself is what you want. Try to stay away from chemicals as much as possible because that will just be counter productive. Moisturizing is essential to your skin care routine especially for dry skin