Dry skin can be a huge pain to deal with, and whether you have a mild case or more severe problems like eczema, it can also be embarrassing. There are multitudes of ways that you can treat your dry skin and get it looking replenished, hydrated and healthy. Let’s take a look at some simple steps to get you on the right path to beautiful skin.
The first steps towards better skin require you to examine your diet. What are you eating that might contribute to your dry skin? Do you break out after you eat certain meals or consumer certain drinks? If so, it would obviously be a good idea to avoid those foods and drinks. Healthy foods can also do great things for your skin before you even open a bottle of moisturizer. Stay away from excessive sugars, alcohol, and caffeine, as these are ALL drying agents when treating dry skin. Look for foods with antioxidants and healthy fats such as those found in avocados, olive oil, and fish. Drinking green tea, and wine in moderation is also said to help your skin. Once you’ve examined what your body is taking in and made healthy changes, it’s time to take the next steps.
If you live in a dry climate or if it’s wintertime, the air becomes enemy number 1. Dry air, of course, leads to dry skin, so we need to find ways to keep your skin hydrated. One thing you can do is to take warm showers instead of hot showers. The hot water irritates your skin and causes it to dry out even more. Once you get out of the shower, don’t rub your skin with a towel, but gently blot it, or try using a microfiber towel made like those made for travel or camping. Keep this in mind when blow drying your hair as well – always use the coolest setting possible!
After you dry off, it’s important to immediately start moisturizing. Apply your moisturizer of choice as soon as you can to help trap some of that liquid in your skin. Also, try using creams or ointments instead of lotions, as they are less irritating. Shea butter and mineral oil are great ingredients to help dry skin.
If your hands are often dry, make sure you carry a moisturizer with you and apply it every time after you wash your hands. For dry lips, especially in the winter, apply medicated lip balm often to prevent cracking and chapping.
A great way to combat the dry air in your home is by purchasing a good humidifier. You need to know the size of your rooms and make sure you get one large enough to keep each room at an ideal humidity level.
Lastly, make sure that any product you use on your skin, and any soap or detergent you use on your clothes are non-irritating and hypoallergenic if possible. If dry skin still persists, see your dermatologist for further treatment.