How to get rid of dry skin
Dry skin is a very common problem, especially in winter or in dry climates. It is often environmental or genetic and can occur anywhere on the body. If you suffer from dry skin, don’t worry, there are many ways to moisturize your skin and make it look and feel silky smooth to the touch.
Change your skin care routine
Shorten your bath or shower time to avoid drying out your skin. You may love to soak in water for a long time, but doing so can dry out your skin. Limit your bath or shower time to 10 minutes. Get in the shower, wet your body, soap it up, rinse it off, and get out of the shower. It’s that simple and takes very little time.
Unless you work out or do other activities that make your body sweat, take a shower at most once a day.
You don’t need to take a shower or bath every day either. Once every other day is fine.
It’s best to shave your feet or give your hair a deep conditioning treatment right before you take a shower to shorten the time your skin is in contact with water.
You can also dry brush your skin before bathing to promote skin epidermal cell renewal and improve blood circulation. After showering, moisturize clean skin with coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil.
Take a bath or shower with lukewarm water, not too hot. Hot water draws moisture away from your skin, so don’t set the water temperature too high. Use lukewarm water that makes you feel comfortable, not boiling hot water.
Don’t take hot baths too often to prevent your skin from becoming dry.
Avoid using scented skin care products. The fragrances, dyes and other chemical additives in soaps, scrubs and lotions are not good for your skin. They may smell good or have a nice color, but they can dry out your skin. Choose gentle skin care products that are fragrance-free to keep your skin looking its best.
Tip: Choose fragrance-free clothing detergents as well, so that the chemicals left on your clothes don’t dry out your skin or further irritate it.
Gently exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliation can make the skin silky smooth, although many scrubs can also remove moisture from the skin and irritate dry skin. It’s best to choose a gentle exfoliator, don’t scrub too hard, and avoid using a rough sponge or exfoliating brush.
Buy an exfoliator with a salicylic acid concentration of no more than 2%, or glycolic acid concentration of no more than 10%.
If you have sensitive skin, then you should not exfoliate daily, once or twice a week at most.
Apply moisturizer while your skin is still wet to lock in more moisture. After washing your face or showering, pat excess water dry with a towel and apply moisturizer. If your skin is still dry, wait for the moisturizer to be absorbed and then apply another layer.
Choose creams or ointments over lotions. Regardless of the marketing hype from manufacturers, lotions are not very effective at moisturizing the skin. Choose a cream or ointment that contains shea butter, olive oil, or jojoba oil to give your skin the moisture they need.
Choose a moisturizer that contains mineral oil, lanolin, liver oil, petrolatum, urea, and/or lactic acid.
Other practices: You can also use natural oils like olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil as a moisturizer. Apply a thin layer on your skin every morning and evening for smoother skin.
Spray Soothing Spring Water on dry skin. Spring water contains many minerals that are beneficial to skin health. Spraying a generous amount of Living Spring Water on your skin once or twice a day will also help keep your skin moisturized. You can buy a water spray online, at a pharmacy or beauty supply store.
Don’t spray too often. Frequent wetting of the skin is often counterproductive and dries out the skin.
Treat dry facial skin with collagen patches. Moisturizing collagen patches help moisturize dry skin and improve the overall appearance. Apply collagen patches to areas that need hydration, such as under the eyes, on the forehead and around the mouth.
You can buy collagen patches online or at beauty supply stores.
Follow the instructions on the package for frequency and duration of use.
Wear sunscreen daily. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, be sure to wear a cream or moisturizer with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher to protect your skin from the sun’s rays that can cause sunburn, freckles and wrinkles. Remember, you can get sunburned all year round, and sunscreen is not exclusive to summer!
Change your environment
Use a humidifier to prevent the air in the house from drying out. The air in the house is very dry and can cause your skin to become dry, rough and flaky. Try putting a humidifier in your living room and bedroom to prevent dry skin.
Run a cool mist humidifier even in the winter.
It is best to use filtered or distilled water to avoid scaling of the machine.
Do not set the heating and air conditioning temperature too high or too low. The pressurized airflow from the heating and air conditioning supply vents will dry out the air in the house and make the skin even drier. No matter how cold it is in winter, the heating should not be adjusted to more than 20 degrees Celsius. Wear warmer clothes if you feel cold, or wrap up in a blanket.
Set the thermostat to 26 degrees Celsius when you’re out in the summer, and turn on the air conditioner only when someone is home.
Tip: You’ll also save electricity and save money on your power bill!
Protect your skin from environmental factors. Wear hats, scarves and gloves in winter to keep your skin from being exposed to dry, cold winds. Apply lip balm to protect the skin of your lips. Wear a baseball cap or sun hat in summer to protect the skin of your face from the harsh sun. Also wear loose, light long-sleeved clothing and long pants to avoid sunburned skin.
Reduce the number of times you swim in chlorinated water. The chlorine and other chemicals in pool water can draw moisture away from the skin. Don’t swim in chlorinated water too often. Shower immediately after swimming and then apply moisturizer.
Treat itchy skin with moisturizers and other creams. Dry skin often itches, but scratching can make it dryer and even damage your skin. Sometimes, just applying moisturizer can relieve the itch caused by dry skin. If other methods are needed to stop the itching, try hydrocortisone cream, or over-the-counter anti-itch lotion.
Consult a dermatologist if necessary. If you have taken steps to treat dry skin, but months have passed without results, consult a dermatologist or skin specialist. Also see a doctor when symptoms of eczema, rosacea, or other skin problems appear.
A dermatologist can also recommend the right skin care products for your skin type.
Nourish your body from the inside out
Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. A healthy, balanced diet provides the vitamins and nutrients your body and skin need to keep them hydrated. Eat at least 2 servings of leafy green vegetables and 2 servings of seasonal fruits each day.
Vegetables and fruits with high water content are especially beneficial for moisturizing the skin, such as watermelon, broccoli and tomatoes.
Eat healthy fats to give your skin the nutrients it needs. Get good fats from food to promote overall body health, increase blood flow and deliver more nutrients to all cells in the body, including the skin. Eat more foods with monounsaturated fats, such as avocados, olives and peanut butter, and consume polyunsaturated fats from foods such as salmon, walnuts and tofu.
Eat less fried and salty foods that can cause skin dehydration. Eat as little of these foods as possible to avoid dehydrated skin and to improve overall health. It doesn’t mean just skipping these foods altogether, but switching to healthier snacks once or twice a week instead of French fries or other snacks.
Try to quit smoking. The bad effects of smoking are well documented, and you may not know that smoking is also bad for your skin. The tar in cigarettes can clog pores and cause blackheads and acne. Smoking prevents proper breathing, inhibits circulation, and causes skin cells to lack oxygen.
Smoking also depletes the tissues of vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital to skin health.
Detoxify the liver. An overloaded liver can cause many skin problems, including itching and dryness. To improve your skin, you need to give your liver a break by drinking plenty of water and other liver-friendly beverages, such as green tea and juices. You can also eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to promote liver health, including green leafy vegetables, garlic, avocados, nuts and grapefruit.
You can also talk to your doctor about supplements that are good for liver health, such as silymarin or S-adenosylmethionine.
You can also consult your doctor if you are concerned about liver problems.
Drink less alcohol because it dehydrates the body and skin. Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to absorb water, resulting in a loss of water, electrolytes and minerals. The skin can also become dry, red and easily irritated. Drink alcohol in moderation, and take a glass of water for every glass of wine.
Try home remedies
Apply petroleum jelly to moisturize your skin at night. Vaseline has a great emollient effect and will form a barrier to prevent moisture from evaporating from the skin’s surface. It is also very inexpensive and is a cost-effective treatment.
Since petroleum jelly is somewhat sticky, it is best applied at night. Wet your skin, apply a layer of regular moisturizer, and then apply a layer of petroleum jelly to lock in the moisture.
Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to dry hand and foot skin before bedtime. Wear cotton gloves and socks to promote absorption, and avoid rubbing the petroleum jelly on the sheets. The next morning, the skin will be soft and moist.
Tip: Vaseline can be applied to sensitive areas such as eyelids and lips.
Apply an avocado mask to rejuvenate your skin. You can buy commercially available avocado masks or make your own to absorb the oils and minerals in avocado to help hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Puree a fresh ripe avocado with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of organic honey, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil, and 2 teaspoons (10) of plain yogurt. Smooth the thick mask over the face and neck.
After 10 minutes, wash off the mask with cold water to reveal hydrated skin.
Mash a banana into a puree and rub it on the skin. Bananas can revitalize dry skin and make it soft and moisturized. Mash half a banana in a bowl and rub it on your face and neck. 5-10 minutes later, rinse off with slightly warm water. You can add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of honey to enhance the effect of the banana mask.
Hydrate and reduce redness and inflammation with aloe vera. Cut a leaf from the aloe vera plant and rub the clear mucilage over the entire skin. rinse off after 15 minutes. Apply aloe vera mask once or twice a week for best results.
Try growing your own aloe vera so that you always have it on hand and available.