I stumbled upon this article on dry skin care tips by Lara Ramos and found it pretty interesting. I’ve alway suffered with the “winter itch” – seasonal dry skin. Since I already have sensitive skin, this has led to me bouncing from product to product, trying out new moisturizers every few months.
The tips that Yon-Ka brought up are great and I’d love to expand upon my favorite and add a few more. Enjoy!
Exfoliate, But Not Too Much
For me, exfoliating is a love/hate relationship. I have to get it just right or my skin dries up like crazy. A lot of people think that exfoliating leads to dry skin and don’t exfoliate at all. That’s a big no-no! Exfoliating is key for getting rid of all excess dead skin, which allows your skin to produce more skin. Find the right balance as to when you should exfoliate your skin. For me, it’s three times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). In the winter I scale back to twice per week because my skin gets too dry.
Turn Down For What? Turn Down The Heat!
That was my lame attempt at a joke! But seriously, turn down that heat. I used to always blast our heater in the winter. However, I realized that after an hour or so after putting on the heater, my skin would tighten up (a sign of dryness). If you blast the heat in your home like I do, you’re going to need to invest in a humidifier. This balances out the water vapor in the air, keeping your skin nice and hydrated!
Try Fish Oil
One of my favorite little tips is taking a fish oil supplement. This is such an easy and quick fix to help your skin, hair, and nails all look better. To be 100% honest, I don’t know the exact science behind it. All I know is that it works for me. It has something to do with an increase in omega-3 fatty acids, whatever that means!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Everyone knows this one but no one actually follows it – drinking enough water. Your skin needs moisture to be flexible and stretchy to fit your body. It gets the majority of this moisture from what you put in your body. Be sure to guzzle down 8 glasses of water each day. Of course, not at the same time, try to spread them out over 12 hours. I found this one to be the hardest to follow so I started carrying a big water bottle with me everywhere and made myself finish it each hour while I worked. I do have to use the bathroom a lot more but my skin glows!
What tips do you have for getting rid of dry skin?