Perhaps you’ve always been battling dry skin, or it’s been a seasonal problem. Either way, no matter how much moisturizer you slather on, you should know that dry skin isn’t always the easiest skin care woe to defeat.
When it comes to dehydrated skin, it really can be more about your complete routine and less about the amount of moisturizer you use.
To get your dry skin care routine in order, attempt these seven (7) dry skin care tips to do at home.
- Don’t take hot showers or baths.
Hot water is not a friend to your dry skin as it breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which decreases moisture. To help dry skin, take shorter showers using warm water.
The way you moisturize in the winter is different than how you moisturize in the summer months. Every time, after showering or washing your face or hands, apply a heavier, oil-based moisturizer as it traps existing moisture in your skin.
- Skip the lotion and use an ointment or cream.
Lotions can be more irritating and less effective than ointments and creams for dry skin. When selecting a cream or ointment, look for one that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil, or one with Shea butter.
Use a light exfoliates scrub to get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells and expose newer healthier-looking skin. Make sure to not over-exfoliate.
- Apply lip balm.
Shop around for a healing lip balm that works best and also feels good on your lips.
- Plug in a humidifier.
Putting moisture back into your home’s air helps prevent extreme dry skin
- When outside, wear gloves and layers.
Our hands are the most exposed body part to the cold weather and, typically, the first to experience dry skin. Wearing gloves anytime you’re outside will help decrease raw skin.
When should you see a dermatologist?
Endeavor to see a dermatologist, If you find that following these tips aren’t helping to highlight your dry skin.