If you suffer from dry skin you know how frustrating it can be. When you spend all winter with flaky, itchy, tight skin all over your body, you know the struggle is real. Or you could be like some, and deal with this all year round. I have some tips and tricks to help combat dry skin this winter for you all. These simple hacks might help soothe that itchy skin, and leave your skin feeling nice and smooth. Dry and flaky skin isn’t very pretty to the eye, but it also can be very painful, especially if your skin cracks.
Simple Dry Skin Tips to Try
Gently Exfoliate In Shower
When it comes to dry skin, try to use a gentle exfoliating wash in the shower. This can really help rub off the dry skin and give your skin some soft smoothness, just remember not to exfoliate too roughly. Look for products that contain no alcohol (can dry skin out), and leave it on the skin for a few minutes before washing off.
Try to take short warm showers. Hot water will really dry out your skin by stripping your skin of its natural oils, causing you to be even drier. So try to take quick showers or baths, and keep the water in the warm range. Some people with extremely dry skin even recommend showering every other day, to limit the drying out of skin process from a shower or bath.
When you dry off, gently pat your skin with a soft towel. Rubbing your body can irritate your dry skin, and make it pretty tender.
Moisturize After Shower
Right after you shower make sure to apply some ointment or cream lotions to your body and moisturize your face. This can help add needed moisture back into the skin. It is recommended that you don’t use highly fragrant lotions, as they can be less moisturizing to the skin.
Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough and being dehydrated can be a leading cause of dry skin!
Make sure to carry lip balm around with you as this can help heal your irritated and dry lips. If you find your lips sting when you apply the lip balm, find a different brand that doesn’t have the same reaction.
Run a humidifier in your home to help add moisture back into the house, it can help keep your home not so dry in the colder months. I like to run a large humidifier for larger rooms, and then have smaller ones in the bedroom and other rooms I or my family tend to be in throughout the day.
Sometimes if you find no relief from your dry skin and you’ve tried the routes above, it might be time to see a specialist! Very dry skin can require a prescription ointment or cream, so seek medical help. They can really help bring you the relief you need.
Dry skin can flare up for a number of reasons, and for those of us who suffer from dry skin, we have to go the distance to protect our skin as much as possible, to prevent it from getting so dry it cracks. These dry skin hacks can help a variety of people find some relief. Plus, check out these other winter beauty hacks that every girl needs to know.