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Not sure about you but the cold weather is really taking its toll on my skin. From the freezing cold into the heat of central heating and vice versa is not good for helping to keep skin in tip top condition and I am certainly noticing that it has got a lot drier. So this got me thinking I am probably not alone in this and what tips are there out there to help dry skin. Read on to see what I’ve found!

Cool that water down

One of the top skin care tips for dry skin has to include avoiding hot water! Hot water and dry skin are like water and oil, they just don’t mix! Hot water is pretty much bad for all skin types as it can strip the skin of its natural oils and makes dry skin drier. Whenever you wash your face or takes showers or baths, keep it short and warm.

Pat don’t rub

When it comes to dry skin care, you’ve got to be careful to be gentle with it at all times. This means being gentle when you wash your face, use skin care products and when you’re drying off your skin. After you wash your face or get out of the shower or bath, blot your skin gently. Dry skin can be sensitive so you want to avoid rubbing or aggravating your skin!

Keep hydrated

The next skin care tip suggests that you keep parched skin well hydrated. This is especially important after you get out of the shower. Try to apply body lotion within three minutes of getting out of the shower or bath so your skin retains the moisture from the water and locks it in. Get in the habit of applying moisturiser after you bathe or shower to keep skin hydrated and soft!

Keep the air moist rather than dry

Humidifiers are not only great for dry skin care but they’re also very helpful for people with dry eyes, colds or the flu, allergies and can help prevent nosebleeds from dry air. Dry air can suck all the moisture out of our skin, and if you’re using a heater it can really drop the moisture level in the air. Going to sleep with a humidifier near your bed means waking up to happy and hydrated skin and lips!

Avoid alcohol

You might turn to alcohol to unwind after a long day, but dry skin hates it! Whenever you shop for skin care products, always read labels and avoid using products containing alcohol. Alcohol dries out our skin and I think you’ll be surprised at how many products we use that actually contain it! Look for soaps, deodorant and skin care products that contain only mild ingredients to keep dry skin happy!

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