1 Seal the moisture:
Choose a moisturiser with a balance of lipids — free fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides. Balanced skin care products help to repair cracks in the epidermal barrier that contribute to inflammation and dehydration.
2 Use sunscreen:
Minimising the oxidative stress generated by UV exposure is critical for the health of the skin. UV damage begins when the skin tans.
3 Shower smartly:
Use warm but not hot water. Apply a moisturiser directly after a shower, before the skin is completely dry.
4 Exfoliate at night:
When exfoliating, do so at night to avoid any added risk of immediate post-scrub sun sensitivity and follow immediately with a restorative moisturiser.
5 Differentiate products:
Invest in separate products for the body and face. Often the ingredients in body creams are formulated differently than those for the face.
With inputs from Adam Geyer, Kiehl's Consulting Dermatological Expert