June 19th, 2020 | Updated on June 25th, 2020
Suffering from dry skin can be sore, uncomfortable, and unattractive. Typically, dry skin shows itself as red, rough, and itchy areas of skin that can appear anywhere on your body.
From your face to your hands and feet, you can start to feel like you just cannot escape from the dry skin you are experiencing.
While some people only suffer from dry skin when the weather changes in the cold winter months, many people suffer from it all year long.
Most dry skin is caused by external factors, which means that by using the right treatments and products, you can properly take care of your dry skin.
1. Skip Long Hot Showers
If you have spent the day suffering from your itchy and uncomfortable dry skin, then you may find yourself longing for a hot shower to help soothe it.
However, this can make your dry skin even worse and leave it more dried out and sore than before.
While a steamy hot shower may feel good, the hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils which work as a barrier to trap moisture and keep your skin moist.
Instead, we recommend that you have a warm shower that does not last longer than 5 to 10 minutes.
Also, be sure to gently pat yourself dry after you have showered as rubbing your skin will irritate it further. Always follow a shower with a good moisturizer.
2. Always Use Moisturizer
If you suffer from dry skin, then a moisturizer is your best friend and should be something you apply daily.
However, there are many different types and formulas of moisturizer, so you may need to try a few before you find the one that is right for you.
Many dermatologists recommend a petroleum jelly moisturizer as it sits on the top layer of skin and works as a barrier to prevent the moisture in your skin from leaving.
However, there are other formulas out there that may be helpful to you. For example, jojoba oil products are nice to use as a moisturizer as this particular oil naturally contains Vitamin E and helps to protect your skin from losing moisture.
3. Drink Plenty Of Water
One of the best ways to hydrate your skin, at any time of the year is to drink plenty of water. This is one of the easiest ways that you can help your skin, and yet many people neglect to recognize how effective it is.
Remember that your skin is an organ and an important part of your body. Therefore, if you keep yourself hydrated, your skin will be hydrated too.
Aim to drink around 8 glasses of water a day and you will see how it improves your skin, as well as your overall health and wellbeing.
4. Cleanse Gently
While you should always be as gentle as you can with your skin, it is particularly important when cleansing any dry skin patches.
Use soft and non-abrasive cleaning tools, such as flannels and sponges, and use gentle soaps that are fragrance-free as deodorant products can be harsh and irritate dry skin.
You should also avoid products that contain alcohol, and while you should still be exfoliating your skin to get rid of dead skin cells, you should do this gently with a non-abrasive product to avoid further irritation.
We understand that suffering from dry skin can be uncomfortable, but try not to let it get you down.
By implementing some of these simple but effective changes to your lifestyle and skincare routine, you can keep on top of your dry skin and take care of it properly all year round.