Is your skin looking a bit dull lately? Is it lacking in color?

Feeling a bit less supple, drier? Chances are you can use a few dry skin care tips to help revive your face and get a bit of a healthy glow back.

Dry skin will do that to a face. and dry skin is not something that just happens out in the desert or during the winter months when heating systems are sucking the moisture out of the air. Skin dries as it ages, and everybody ages, so at some point everyone is going to have dry skin, unless you practice proper dry skin care.

The reason can be a concern if you don't address it, is not just because it will make your face look more lifeless, it will cause your skin, and you, to age prematurely. What happens as we age is that our bodies produce less natural skin oil, what is known as sebum. As a result, our skin becomes drier, and dry skin becomes thinner, and thin skin is more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. The end result is that we begin to look older than we are or feel.

Some people, because of genetics, have drier skin than others. This does not mean that they have to resign themselves to developing wrinkles and fine lines and looking older than they are. In fact, the whole idea of practicing good skin care basics, and developing good dry skin care habits, is not just to look your age, but to reverse the aging process.

Anyone can give their skin a fighting chance to revive and rejuvenate.

A big part of your success will be determined by how much you want your skin to look younger and more beautiful. If you are reading this article, I have to assume that is your desire. But a desire is nothing more than a wish unless it becomes a goal.

So tell yourself that your goal is to make your skin look younger and more beautiful, and then commit to doing what it takes to get there.

Ask yourself how much you want this. If you are a smoker are you willing to stop smoking? If not, you're better off pursuing another goal. Smoking ages your skin. If you are serious about having better skin, get rid of the cigarettes.

Do you drink too much? Too much alcohol will age your skin. Cut back if necessary. Do you really need that martini every night? Only you can set your own priorities. Your mom or dad may have told you at some point that anything worth having is worth sacrificing for. From experience, I can tell you that certain things I used to think were essential to my existence no longer matter to me. We change, we adapt. What was once imnportant no longer is. We cut our losses and often find that we've gained in the process.

Are you a sun worshipper? Fine. Worship the sun from the shade.

Nothing dries and damages your skin more than the sun. Fifteen to twenty minutes in the sun with no sunscreen is actually good for you. The sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D. More than that, however, will lead to lots of wrinkles and leathery skin. It can also lead to skin cancer down the road. Teens who loved lying in the sun all those summers often find themselves developing skin cancer in middle age.

If you have to be in the sun, make sure you wear appropriate garmenst to protect your skin, and suitable sunscreen.

Basic dry skin care is something you do on a daily basis for the rest of your life, like taking a shower or brushing your teeth.

It becomes part of who you are. It should become routine, habitual. You will see results if you are consistent. Depending on how sever your dry skin is, it may take longer for some than others, but healthier, more attractive better skin is within everyone's reach.

Certain anti-aging skin care products can help improve the quality of your skin significantly. Others may not live up to their claims. If you are thinking of purchasing any anti-aging skin care product, make sure you first do your research to determine which one is best for you and your skin.

Proper cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are essential to combating dry skin and aging.

Daily exercise, a healthy diet, plenty of rest, all these are essential to enjoying health of mind and body. Whatever is good for your mind and body is good for your skin. Good health means your body chemistry is in the proper balance. If that balance is disrupted, your health will suffer, and your skin will show it to the world.

Here are a few specific dry skin care tips for you to incorporate into your plan for achieving your goal of better skin:

  • Use a stronger moisturizer in the winter and a lighter moisturizer in the summer after your bath or shower. Always keep your facial, neck, hands and body's skin moist.
  • Exercise everyday to get your blood circulating so that it can more effectively bring nutrients and cleansing to your skin.
  • Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and make it more supple. Two quarts a day.
  • Wash carefully to prevent dead skin cells mixing with dirt, which can lead to infection.
  • But don't over-wash. Avoid contact with hot water. You don't want to strip your skin of its natural oils, which leaves your skin dry.
  • Avoid commercial soaps, which dry out your skin. Go with a natural moisturizing soap with a neutral ph value.
  • After a shower you could lightly apply a tiny bit of virgin coconut oil to your face. Treat yourself to a gentle facial massage. This action will get your blood circulating in your face, producing a refreshing effect.
  • Avoid cold cleansing creams that are made from hydrogenated oils, which dry out the skin.
  • Take evening primrose oil to fortify your skin and to increase its moisture content.
  • Get plenty of sleep to allow your body and skin to repair themselves at the cellular level.

Remember that your desire to make your skin look younger and more beautiful is just a wish unless you turn it into a goal.

Keep that goal before you to ensure you are committed to making it a reality. Be constant and consistent. Remember that dry skin care becomes easier as you do it on a regular basis and make it part of your daily life.