If you have dry skin, you know that it sticks around no matter what season it is. You also know how difficult it can be to keep under control. Dry skin can not only feel extremely uncomfortable, but you can also have little flakes on your skin. It often feels like no matter how much moisturizer you put on; you can never get the hydration that your skin needs! Don’t worry -- because I have 5 tips for you to help get your dry skin under control!
Tip 1: Change up your shower routine
There’s nothing like a nice long, hot shower to unwind, especially after a long day. Unfortunately, this can contribute to dry skin. Staying in the shower (or bath) too long is not a good way to go if you want to minimize dry skin. You should aim to take 5 to 10 minute showers, 15 if you’ve need a bit more time to wash your hair! Water temperature is also a huge component. You should use warm water instead of hot. You can read more about it here: https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-basics/dry/dermatologists-tips-relieve-dry-skin
Tip 2: Avoid using too much cleanser
I know we have a tendency to lather up on soap or cleanser to make sure you get all the dirt and makeup off. However, this can actually make your skin worse. If you have dry skin, using too much cleanser can actually strip away the natural oils that your skin needs leaving you with that tight, dry feeling. You should only use an amount the size of a dime or less. If you rely on using your cleanser to remove your makeup, a way to get around using too much cleanser would be to use a toner or micellar water to remove your makeup. After you use that, you can go in with the cleanser.
Tip 3: Exfoliate
If you don’t already, you should consider exfoliating at least once a week. Exfoliating helps with removing dead skin (goodbye flakies!) and allowing your moisturizing products to absorb into your skin better. When you have dry skin, you might want to start off exfoliating once a month and see how your skin responds to it. Once you feel like your skin is doing okay, you can up it to once a week! Here’s more on exfoliating: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324935#exfoliate
Tip 4: Moisturize day and night
This one might seem straight forward but it’s such an important step! You should be moisturizing every time you finish washing and drying your body and your face. Using any moisturizer with oatmeal or aloe (like Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream) is extremely beneficial. These are both calming to the skin and provide deep moisture.
Tip 5: Pat, do not rub!
When it comes to drying off, PLEASE do not rub your skin!! You should pat your skin dry. Yes, I know it might take longer but rubbing on your skin with a towel will make dry skin worse and can irritate it. Patting your face and body dry will create less friction as you won’t be dragging a harsh fabric across your skin!
I hope that these tips help! I know the struggles of having dry skin and they are not fun to say the least. Combine these steps with a moisturizing skin care routine and you should be good to go! No more tight feeling on your skin. Just beautiful looking and, most importantly, beautiful feeling skin!