Anyone who suffers from dry skin is sure to agree that it can be a real nuisance, and let’s be honest, it doesn’t look great either. When dry skin is at its worst, it can crack, leaving you with red patches that can be very painful and sore to the touch. But don’t you worry, there are some simple steps that can help improve the condition of your skin. Why not give them a go and your skin will look and feel better in no time.
First things first, you need to make sure you are using the right products. Dry skin requires lotions and creams with a thicker consistency and ingredients like lanolin, mineral oil and glycerine, which will help your skin retain moisture.
Be honest, who doesn’t love a long soak in a hot bath? There is no better way to relax in my opinion. But, unfortunately there is a downside as hot baths and showers take the oil out of your skin. Try warm temperatures instead, and don’t soak in the tub for hours. Showers are definitely better if you have dry skin. Moisturise while your skin is still slightly damp, and you’ll find that the cream will be better absorbed and retained. Your skin will be glowing in no time!
Exfoliating will help improve your skin as it gets rid of the dead skin cells quicker, revealing newer, fresher skin. There’s no sense in trying to throw moisture at dead skin. Try a gentle exfoliator as some can be harsh and will further irritate your skin instead of helping it retain moisture. Use a gentle scrub once a week, and then follow up with your moisturiser.
Dry skin needs plenty of hydration from moisturisers. Use a lovely thick cream, and make sure that it is absorbed well. Apply more if necessary. Reapply regularly, especially after you wash your hands; they will soon get dry and stripped of moisture otherwise. If your hands are in water frequently, use gloves or apply a barrier cream to protect them.
I have to confess to being a bit slapdash about applying moisturiser, so it’s no wonder that my skin tends to get a bit dry. I really do need to be more consistent and apply every day. Get into the habit of moisturising regularly to stop your skin from getting dry, and always apply cream after washing your hands. It’s helpful to keep a bottle of hand cream in your bag.
Be smarter when you shave
Shaving can really irritate dry skin as it removes natural oils essential for keeping the skin moisture rich. It’s therefore important to do it right. The best time to shave is after you shower, because hairs are softer, making the shaving process easier.
Don’t ever dry shave, make sure you use a shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction the hair is growing to protect your skin.
PHOTO CREDIT: David Stanton