If you have dry skin, here are some simple tips you can follow to help.
Sometimes it feels like no matter what I do, when I look in the mirror I just look dried out and older then I really am. It’s not just about how my skin looks, it’s also about how it feels when it’s dry. I’m not sure if having dry skin is worse than having oily skin, or vice versa. On average, people with dry skin tend to have fewer blemishes and breakouts than someone with oily skin. But we do tend to look a little bit older when our skin is dry. People who have oily skin tend to look a bit younger, but unfortunately, they can have more blemishes and breakouts and have larger-sized pores.
As dry skin can be disheartening, I put together some tips that have worked for me over the years that may also help you.
Say no to hot water
I’m the first to admit that there’s nothing better than a hot shower or bath. However, while the rest of the body feels great, the heat can cause your skin to dry. Hot water can strip your body of its natural oils that act as a barrier on your skin. This barrier is super important, because it helps trap much needed moisture that keeps your skin stay hydrated, soft and smooth. If you can, avoid a hot shower and take a nice warm one instead. And while we all love to linger in the tub, it’s best to get in and out quickly to avoid the drying of our skin. Limit yourself to 5 to 10 minutes maximum. When you get out of the shower, gently pat your skin dry, don’t rub, and immediately apply your facial and body moisturizers.
When we cleanse our skin, sometimes we get a little rough. It’s as if we literally want to scrub our bodies clean. When it comes to dry skin, you need to take it easy and gently cleanse. Don’t exfoliate or scrub your skin too hard, because it can irritate and thicken your skin—not a good thing. It’s important to use gentle cleansers as well. Anything with harsh detergents can leave your skin feeling extra dry and irritated. Choose a cleanser that contains natural ingredients like Aloe vera, which will help soothe and soften the skin. Lastly, remember to rinse clean. You want to remove all traces of soap and cleanser from your body, especially your face. Lingering product can cause drying and itching.
Protection is key
We’ve discussed at great length the importance of sun care products for the face and body. The damage caused by the UVA and UVB rays not only burns our skin, but also contributes to skin aging. The signs of aging are not pretty and include fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, skin roughness and dryness. It’s important to wear sunscreen products year-round, not just in the summer. You must include a protective moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen into your regimen for daily protection against the sun’s rays and to help alleviate dryness.
Just for the men
For all of the guys out there who have dry skin, this one is for you. Shaving your face can definitely irritate dry skin. Each time you scrape a razor across your skin you’re not only removing unwanted hair, you’re also removing your natural oils. It’s important to shave during or immediately after your shower. This will allow your facial hair to become softer and more pliable, which ultimately will make shaving easier for you. Make sure your razor is sharp so you can avoid irritation. Always use a shaving cream or gel, preferably one with moisturizing properties. Avoid alcohol-based aftershaves and toners at all costs, as they will only contribute to further dryness. Choose a good facial toner as a healthier alternative to aftershave.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
If your skin is dry and uncomfortable, adding moisture is very important. Again, apply your moisturizers immediately after your bath or shower while your skin is still damp. Be sure to use a daytime product that contains SPF and a richer, replenishing night cream at bedtime. A hydrating eye cream is perfect for the delicate skin around the eyes. An all-over body lotion or gel will help with dryness and itchiness everywhere else on the body. The legs, arms, back, hands, and EVERYWHERE else can get dry without proper moisturizing. If you suffer from dry hands, be sure to apply a nice hand and body lotion every time you wash your hands. When water evaporates from your skin, it can draw even more moisture out of your skin. A good moisturizing cream or lotion is really your best defense against dry skin.
Now that we’ve discussed being moisturized on the outside, remember it’s also important to moisturize on the inside. Drinking water throughout the day keeps your body and skin hydrated.