How to Take Care of Dry Skin

Aug 31, 2016

dry skin

Distressingly Dry Skin

If you have never experienced dry skin, consider yourself lucky. Not only is dry skin often visible to others, it can be itchy and painful. The good news is, you don't have to suffer any longer. Relief is available in different forms. People often stop with the treatments they can rub into their skin. Yes, these are key players, but there are preventive skincare measures too. Let's take a look at ways to keep your skin hydrated.

Lotions, Serums, and Body Butters, Oh My!

Lotion may be the quickest and simplest route to smooth skin, but keep in mind, lotions are not all created equal. Some provide short-term relief, while others boast of 24 hour protection. Be sure you avoid lotions with fragrance, AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid), and retinoids. The lotion should not do more harm than good.

Serums are usually used for a specific purpose, such as to diminish wrinkles. If you read labels carefully, you may come across serums that also hydrate skin. During cold winter months, you may need moisture beyond that available in a serum alone. Consider an unscented ointment that is designed to soothe and protect dry skin.

Body butters and creams are thicker than regular lotions. Thicker butters and creams prevent moisture from escaping the skin more effectively than lotion. Make sure you apply as soon as you finish bathing or washing your hands to seal in as much moisture as possible.

So, I've moisturized. What else can I do?

Say goodbye to heavily scented laundry detergent and fabric softener. Clothing touches your skin all day long. The chemicals creating the smells are often super irritating to sensitive skin. The same logic applies to smells in deodorant soap. Avoid it if possible. Instead, take short warm showers or baths using a fragrance-free cleanser made for sensitive skin.

How will you avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your house? Wear silicone gloves. This really applies to the dishes and any house/yard work that involves water. Gloves or mittens should be worn in cold weather to prevent loss of moisture. And, as tempting as it is to seek out a heat source in winter, getting too close will zap moisture quickly.

We cannot stop cleaning, nor can we stop winter, but we can wisely modify our beauty routine to protect our sensitive skin.

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