Stop Dry Skin By Knowing How It Starts

No one wants dry skin. It looks and feels rough, and worse, it accentuates all of the little lines that form on your face. While there are many factors that dry your skin out, there's a process that it actually goes through to get there. Luckily, knowing this process can help you stop dry skin before it starts, which is why we took the liberty to break it down for you.

Step one: Factors such as cold or dry air, harsh chemicals or ingredients in products, and even age (sigh) cause moisture to evaporate from the skin.

Step two: When too much moisture evaporates from the skin, enzymes can't properly communicate with skin cells on the surface, leading to mild shedding or dryness.

Step three: At this point your skin attempts to repair itself. Unfortunately, the more moisture that escapes your skin, the harder it becomes for it to naturally heal itself, which causes a vicious cycle.

But never fear, there are plenty of moisture-boosting products on the market. Just keep in mind, not all moisturizers are created equal. "How a product is formulated determines whether or not it will be effective," says celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy. "You don't have to look for the greasiest or heaviest cream in order for it to hydrate. Products with hyaluronic acid, collagen or peptides in a good delivery system should work."

One to try is Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture ($65), which won the award for best overall moisturizer in the 2012 NewBeauty Beauty Choice Awards. To find out more about this product and more moisturizers, check out the Winter-Spring 2012 issue of NewBeauty Magazine, on newsstands now.