As we’re coming out of winter and entering spring, your skin may still be recovering from the dryness of the air. Relieving dry skin isn’t always an overnight process, but there are a few things you can do to help speed it up. Here are our top best ways to remedy your dry skin.
Don’t Scorch Yourself In The Shower
It’s tempting to come home from a long day of work and enjoy a nice long, hot shower. Unfortunately, your skin doesn’t enjoy it quite as much as you do. High water temperatures can strip your skin of its natural oils. You need those oils to help retain moisture in your skin.
Take a warm shower for 5 to 10 minutes and moisturize immediately after. Instead of rubbing dry, pat or blot dry to give your skin even more love.
Use A Gentle Cleanser/ Soap
Look for soaps that are fragrance-free and gentler on skin than traditional soaps. Certain soaps or face washes that claim to be hydrating can sometimes have the opposite effect. If a product is labeled “unscented,” it can contain chemicals that neutralize or hide the odors of other ingredients. These chemicals can irritate dry, sensitive skin or strip away your natural oils.
It’s always good to exfoliate several times a week but don’t scrub too hard.
You may be putting your lotion on wrong. Put it on immediately after your shower when you’re still a little damp, or right after you wash your hands. This helps plug the spaces between your skin cells and seal in moisture while your skin is still damp.
The thicker and greasier a moisturizer is, the more effective it will be. This means using products that include ingredients like petroleum, shea butter, jojoba oil, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, lanolin, and mineral oil. Using moisturizers with these ingredients will help seal in moisture in your skin.
While you may feel like a housewife from the ‘50s, wearing gloves when you’re cleaning or cooking can be a total lifesaver for your hands. When you’re continuously washing your hands or exposing them to chemicals, it will quickly dry them out.
Another time to wear gloves is if your hands will be exposed to the cold for a long period of time. If you work or spend time outside, wearing gloves is always a good idea to avoid dry and cracked hands.
Drinking more water is one of the easiest things you can do to combat dryness. As you may know, skin is the body’s largest organ. Though it is the largest, it is not the most essential. This means that if you become dehydrated, your body will begin to pull water from your skin and other nonessential organs in order to function. When this happens, it can lead to dry, dull, and flaky skin. Doctors recommend drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces per day to stay hydrated.
Use A Humidifier
A humidifier will add moisture to the air- a perfect way to combat dryness during the winter months. Set it to around 60%. This will help replenish the top layer of the skin.
Plus, having a humidifier in your room can help you get to sleep quicker!
Use A Gentle Hand Sanitizer
With COVID still lingering you’re probably carrying around hand-sanitizer and applying more than ever. Certain hand-sanitizers can be extremely drying and no matter the season will dry your hands out if you’re constantly using it. Try using PalmPalm, it’s gentle on the hands and has a wonderful beachy cucumber melon scent!
If you incorporate most of these tips into your daily routine, you should see an improvement in your skin in no time!