Suffering from severe skin dryness? Eight pro tips to overcome the problem
With a busy schedule, it can be very difficult to look after yourself. It takes time to take proper care of your skin and, with the changing weather, many people experience different skin problems.
One common problem that may people suffer from, especially in winter, is severe dry skin. This can be painful and leave people feeling frustrated and down.
Luckily, there are some simple lifestyle tweaks that can make a big difference to the health of your skin. In this article we explore eight pro tips to help you overcome the problem of dry skin.
1) Check your bathing essentials
It is very important to understand the kind of products you are using. You can always refer to a dermatologist for better suggestions if the bathing essentials you use daily do not suit your skin. If you are suffering from severe dry skin, try changing your body shower, cleanser, or soap with a lower pH scale as a first step.
2) Moisturize after bathing
As soon as you are done bathing, you should apply moisturizer to your skin in a good quantity so your skin does not feel dry. If it this still not working, try changing your moisturizer. If possible, try to use organic skin care for better results. (Though you need to remember that results can take a bit of time.)
3) Decrease the amount of time you spend in the bath
As lovely and relaxing as it may feel, it’s not good to spend too much time lying in the bath, as long soaks in hot water can lead to dry, itchy skin and even rashes. Ideally you won’t spend more than 10 minutes bathing.
It is also recommended not to have your shower temperature too hot. You don’t need to go completely cold, just move the dial back a little so it’s warm rather than hot.
4) Use towels carefully
It’s common to run yourself down vigorously when you finish bathing or showering, but not all skin types are not the same, and some can find this quite abrasive. So adopt a gentler approach, and use your towel to dab and absorb the water. Don’t not rub it against your skin, as it can be harsh for your skin.
5) Check what type of washing powder you use
If you suffer from sensitive skin, it’s worth wearing soft materials or cotton clothes and keeping your body safe from unknown chemicals.
This means carefully choosing your washing powder too. Check which brands offer a more natural product, and steer clear of harsh chemicals, including scent. The right washing powder will also keep your clothes softer and more kind to your skin.
6) Keep yourself away from the cold
When it gets cold, there is often less moisture in the air, which can lead to skin dryness. So try to steer clear from cold weather and cold temperatures, if you can (not always easy in winter if you live in a cold climate)! Keep heaters on and wear warm layers, and make sure you moisturize your skin when it’s chilly.
7) Apply lip guard
When your skin tends to get dry, one of the most obvious signs is chapped lips, which can be very painful. So make sure you use a lip guard to keep your lips moisturized all the time.
If you have a number of coats and bags you use in cold weather, one tips is to have a lip guard in the pocket of each so you are never without one. When it comes to dry lips, prevention is better (and less painful) than cure.
8) Hydrate yourself
And finally, this is important for everyone anyway, but if you have dry skin by nature, it is even more important to hydrate from inside out – in other words, drink plenty of water! You can apply all the expensive products you like to dry skin, but the easiest and cheapest way to help yourself is to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Take care of your skin
Many people suffer from dry skin, and it can be uncomfortable and even painful. But as you can see, there are some things you can do to help prevent and treat it to make your life easier. It’s a case of adopting some good habits (shorter, cooler baths and showers, and drinking lots of water) and finding the right products that work for your skin.
If you are still struggling after trying all of this, it may be worth paying a visit to a dermatologist for expert advice and products.