By now, you've read seven tips for cleansing dry skin, and you may worry you won't remember a single one. That's OK as long as you commit this one to memory: Buy cleansing products that are specially formulated for dry skin.
When you're grocery shopping, you probably take a few seconds to scan the nutrition labels of cereal boxes before you toss them into your cart. After all, you want to know what effect the cereal will have on your body. Why not read the ingredients list on bottles of body wash and facial cleanser? Those products will have an effect on your body, too. Ensure that the product doesn't contain certain alcohols, some of which can dry out your skin. Dyes and fragrances should signal a warning bell that the product might irritate your skin, but ingredients such as oatmeal and shea butter suggest that the cleanser will offer relief for tight, dry skin. Some cleansers are even labeled that they're ideal for dry skin -- this really takes the guesswork out of shopping.