Dry skin can be a real nuisance! It’s itchy, it’s flaky, and it’s not pretty. Are you doing everything in your power to escape its menacing clutches? If you suffer from dry skin, try these tips for maintaining moisture throughout your biggest organ.
Don’t take long, hot showers or baths
You’d think that water + skin would do the exact opposite of drying it out, but it actually strips your skin’s natural oils. You need those precious oils to hold the moisture in, so take 5-minute showers that are warm instead of piping hot or try one of these hydrating bath recipes.
Moisturize right away after cleansing
Your skin is primed for moisture absorption and retention when you’ve just stepped out of the shower. Keep your tub of moisturizer nearby and slather it on after you pat dry.
Use a thick, emollient moisturizer
Ditch the lightweight lotion and go for a thicker, more emollient moisturizer. Ingredients like shea butter and cocoa butter provide your skin with the rich moisture it needs to soothe and prevent dryness.
Avoid products with moisture-sucking ingredients
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), some ingredients found in skin care products can actually remove moisture from your skin. If you’ve been suffering from dry skin, you should avoid products containing: alcohol, fragrance, retinoids and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).
Look for products with moisturizing ingredients
The AAD also recommends looking for skincare products that contain ingredients known to be moisturizing, such as lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerine, lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum.
Use a humidifier
Moisturize the air in your home and your skin will thank you! Purchase a small humidifier and add your favorite essential oil to kick it up a notch.
Moisturize from the inside out
Eat a healthy diet rich in nutrients and good fats and stay hydrated and your skin will reward you with a healthy glow. Our good-for-you frozen meals are a great place to start, especially if you’re short on time but don’t want your skin to suffer because of your busy schedule.
If you try all of these tips and your skin is still dry or irritated, you may have a more serious skin issue and should see your doctor or dermatologist.
Do you have any secrets for keeping dry skin at bay? Share in the comments section below!
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