Of all the skin types out there, ‘dry’ is one of the most common and also the most worrying. Dry skin is more easily damaged, repairs more slowly, and looks unhealthy. We’re going to get into the 6 top skin care tips for dry skin to help you manage this skin condition to ensure you have healthy, good-lookin’, moisturised skin all over.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Can we say it enough? Moisturise your skin!
Even if you don’t suffer with dry skin you should use a moisturiser – especially after a bath or shower. For a general all-over moisturiser, we recommend finding a good body cream. If you have a specific skin condition, you can find body creams for ailments such as eczema or psoriasis specifically made to manage these skin conditions.
Use natural products
When we say a “good” body cream, we mean natural. Natural products won’t dry out your skin like chemicals do. Products filled with chemicals will dry out your skin and can even worsen the skin conditions mentioned above. The best natural ingredients to choose include coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter.
A gentle exfoliator helps to get rid of the dead flakes of skin which gives dry skin its scaly appearance and to release the fresh moisturised skin underneath. If you’ve exfoliated in the bath or shower, make sure to pay special attention to moisturising properly afterwards (we did tell you we couldn’t say it enough).
Avoid hot baths or showers
A hot bath or shower (especially when coupled with chemical-filled products) is the enemy of skin prone to drying out. Hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin and dries it out, making all the attention you’ve paid to moisturising less effective.
So try opting for a few degrees cooler in your shower – you don’t have to make it freezing cold, and you’ll feel more refreshed afterwards to boot!
If you have a problem area – such as your hands, face, or lips, get a product that’s specially made for that area. For example, dry, cracked lips need a specialist lip balm, whereas dry hands will benefit from hand cream especially made for hands and nails.
Facial moisturisers are formulated for the delicate skin on your face, and usually protect from the sun too, for double drying protection.
Keep it covered
Cold winter weather and sunburn alike will exacerbate dry skin conditions. So in the winter months, wear a scarf and gloves to protect your extremities from drying out in the snow and rain – similarly sunblock and shady areas are your friend in the summer. Don’t go drying out your skin in the quest for that perfect tan.
Following all these steps will help you to achieve the healthiest skin and prevent it from drying out. Prevention is half of the battle when it comes to defeating dry skin, but natural moisturisers are there for you when it needs some topping up.