Learn About Dry, Sensitive and Aging Dermis


Dry Skin

This skin fluctuation can definitely be attributed to hormones. Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. You have a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. In women of color, skin may appear ashy or dull from dead skin buildup.


Dry skin requires special care. I prefer heavy cleansers and moisturizers over the lightweight products. Exfoliate weekly and even slather on primers before you apply foundation just to plump the skin up as much as possible. Carry Evian spray water with you when traveling to less humid areas and keep a bottle on my desk to spray your face in the winter, when furnaces dry out the air. If you live in a cold environment, I suggest using a humidifier in your office and bedroom to keep skin from drying out.


Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin tends to be thin, and delicate with fine pores. If you are easily irritated by the sun, certain cosmetic products and if you are prone to redness, itchy patches or blotchy skin, you likely have sensitive skin.


Finding the right cleansers and moisturizers for your skin type can be tricky. The good news is many companies have developed products specifically for sensitive skin. Look for mild products that contain no scents. Many drugstores and department stores allow you to return products, so check out the return policy before you buy or ask if the store carries freebies so you can try before you buy.


Aging or Sun-damaged Skin

This skin also feels tight with visible wrinkles, slack skin tone -- especially around the cheeks and jawline -- with leathery texture and broken capillaries.


To care for aging skin, you should consider using moisturizers and heavy creams to plump up your fine wrinkles. I And if you are really upset about your deeper lines, you can have them frozen with Botox or filled with injectables.