Every person has skin that is unique to them. You learn to care for skin based on your specific climate, needs, and lifestyle. When you have naturally dry skin, however, you might struggle to find ways of hydrating your skin and combating the discomfort that comes from excess dryness.
Dry skin can be hard for you to remedy because hydrating products from the department store all vary in ingredients and effectiveness. Some may even contribute to the dryness. Cosmetics and even your daily hygiene routine can make matters better or worse. If you're wondering how to manage your dry skin, follow these four tips.
1. Limit Your Soaking and Showering
Sometimes, nothing is quite as relaxing as a nice long bath or a hot shower. However, people with dry skin should learn to limit their time bathing and showering. The water in the tub or shower actually draws the moisture out of your skin. Hot water can reduce the effectiveness of the oily layer that normally seals in moisture.
Keep your showers short, and try to use cooler water instead of very hot water. Reducing your shower time and temperature can take some practice, but after a while, it will become a habit. After you finish in the shower or bath, do not be aggressive with toweling off. Blot the water off your skin with a soft cloth instead of rubbing vigorously with a towel.
Rub moisturizer on your body while your skin is still damp to help seal in the moisture before your skin fully dries. Use an oily product like petroleum jelly or coconut oil. Work it into the skin until your skin no longer feels greasy.
2. Use Protection
You need to protect your skin from drying influences. For example, cleaning chemicals, even ones that are not harsh, can dry out skin that is already prone to dryness. Wear gloves when washing dishes or when cleaning your bathroom.
You might also wear gloves when doing yard work. When visiting cold climates, wear gloves to protect from the cold and wind, as both of these can lead to increased dryness.
Finally, if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun, wear a hat to keep the sun off your face. The UV light can cause damage, which leads to dryness. You should also wear a daily foundation or moisturizer on your face that has SPF protection, as this will also help reduce the risk of sunburn.
3. Wash and Moisturize After Swimming
Swimming is a daily summer pastime in Florida, and you need to exercise care after swimming to make sure that your skin doesn't suffer. Gently wash away drying chlorine. Choose a soap that will be good for your skin. Some soaps are harsh and will strip away oils. A baby soap or an oil-based cleanser is better for people with dry skin.
Follow up with a deep moisturizer after swimming. You might try an oily serum in bar form that melts as you apply it to your skin. Pay close attention to trouble areas like the face and your hands and feet since these see more damage than the skin that is normally covered with clothing.
4. Avoid Alcohol
Part of managing dry skin is making sure you have products that do not contribute to dryness. Some forms of alcohol, like isopropyl or SD alcohol, have deliberate drying effect on the skin.
Check all your skincare products to make sure they are free of harmful alcohols. Many lotions and moisturizers have alcohol in them to help them dry faster and to reduce any oily feeling in the product. These will only give you temporary relief while also making the dryness worse over time.
Don't forget to check products for washing, like shower gel and shaving cream. You might try buying soaps and creams from natural suppliers or checking with a dermatologist for products that are best for people with dry skin.
For more information, contact Associated Dermatologists.