Millions of people around the world suffer from dry skin.
It's not something you should be too concerned about, but it's important that you keep your skin healthy and hydrated before it becomes a serious health problem, like chronic eczema.
Also, taking care of your skin will prevent wrinkles, which is the very thing everyone is trying to avoid.
1. Shave after you shower
Most of us either shave before or during showers, because why would you shave when you're clean? Right?
If you have dry skin, dermatologists recommend that you shave after your shower because the hairs are softer, which make shaving easier.
This way you're scraping off less natural oils on your skin that work to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
Change up your razors often to avoid causing additional irritation with a dull blade.
2. Stop taking hot showers
Hot showers are the greatest feeling in the world, but only when you're under that relaxing steam.
The moment you step out, your body is stripped of its natural oil barrier that helps to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated.
Warm showers will suffice, but make sure you're not spending more than 10 minutes under warm water.
3. Pat your skin dry
Many people dry their wet skin by rubbing, and sometimes even scrubbing, the towel all over their body and face.
Towels are soft, but even the slightest rubbing motion can irritate your skin.
Make sure to pat or blot your skin gently using a towel.
Also, standard towels are considered abrasive to some dermatologists. They recommend buying bamboo, organic cotton, or microfiber towels.
4. Use the right oils
I cannot stress the importance of face and body oils. You should always be adding a few drops of your favorite oil to your moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated for longer.
Marula, olive, and coconut oil are particularly great to replenish moisture.
I love to use vitamin C or E oil under my eyes to smooth out the skin and prevent wrinkles.
5. Exfoliate your skin the natural way
For most of my life, I never exfoliated my skin. I thought that by aggressively scrubbing my skin with harsh products I would strip all the natural oils on my face and body.
This was the biggest beauty mistake I had ever made.
In fact, exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells, replacing old ones with fresh new ones.
These new cells will absorb your moisturizer much better, keeping your skin hydrated for much longer.
Now this doesn't mean you should exfoliate every day, but once a week is a good idea.
Make sure to use a natural exfoliator, like a simple salt or sugar scrub, to gently cleanse the dead skin off.
6. Don't wash your face often
The difficulty with having dry skin is that you have to find the right balance.
Not washing your face is bad, because there's a lot of dirt and dead skin cells that are only going to further damage your skin, and washing your face too much is only going to dry it out.
The best thing you can invest in is a milk cleanser.
This light and gentle cleanser is made from natural fats that won't strip your skin of its natural oils, rather it protects and hydrates it.
7. Moisturize when your skin is damp
Never forget to moisturize when you come out of the shower.
When your skin is damp, it's ready to absorb all the moisture it can, so do yourself a favor and lather yourself up with moisturizer and oils.
8. Plug in a humidifier
The only thing dry skin needs is moisture, and it doesn't always have to come from an ointment.
Adding more moisture to the air in your home will also help to keep your skin hydrated.
9. Add more oatmeal to your diet - or face
If you're going through a rough time (literally) try adding more oatmeal to your diet.
Oats are a great source of nutrition, and the nutrients work to keep your skin healthy.
Even applying oatmeal to your face will alleviate dryness, inflammation, and irritation. Add honey for best results!
10. Change your laundry detergent
The largest human organ is the skin, which means we have to be careful with what comes in contact with it.
Of course, you don't want to be lathering unnatural ingredients on your skin, but you also don't want to be making contact with products that can irritate your skin.
Many people who suffer from dry skin often forget to check the brand of laundry detergent they're using.
Laundry detergent that's not labeled as hypoallergenic may be contributing to your dry or irritated skin.
Do you know any other tricks to combat dry skin?
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