If you suffer dry skin then you appreciate how frustrating this seemingly insignificant problem can be, even if other people don’t really understand. Dry skin can quickly turn into painful sores, where skin becomes chapped, broken, and may bleed. Dry skin is also itchy and can feel tight; like wearing a pair of scratchy, wool socks that are too small. The good news is that dry skin can be remedied at home with some minor tweaks to your grooming routine. The first step to curing dry skin is to ensure that you actually have dry skin and not another skin condition.
Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. Some people have naturally dry skin and may experience frequent symptoms. However, even the oiliest skin can get dry at times. According to the Mayo Clinic, areas such as the arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by dry skin. Dryness of the skin is affected by the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air, the humidity. Dry skin may also be a side effect of some medications or a symptom of an underlying medical disorder.
Dry Skin Tip 1: Check Your Water
When we think of dry skin, we think of moisturizing, but unless you are hydrating your skin from the inside out, this will only provide moderate relief. First, make sure that the water quality in your home is good. You may wish to install a water filter to your main water so that when you shower (avoid bathing) the water does not dry out your skin. Use warm water and avoid hot water, which can also dry out your skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of filtered water per day.
- Drink 8 glasses of filtered water a day
- Avoid caffeinated energy drinks, tea, and coffee
Dry Skin Tip 2: Skin Hydration – The How
Which moisturizer you use is as important as how often you moisturize. Depending on where your dry skin is located will determine what moisturizer to use. If you experience dry skin after you shave, consider a hydrating after shave moisturizer such as Dove Care+ Men post shave balm that hydrates for 24 hours. If you have dry feet, hands or elbows, look for an intensive formula such as O’Keeffe’s healthy skin cream.
- Use intensive and hydrating formulas for dry skin
- Look for specific treatments such as foot cream
Dry Skin Tip 2: Skin Hydration – The When
Once you have the right products, it’s time to create a solid grooming routine. If you have persistent dry skin, one application will not cure the itch. Instead, you must moisturize twice a day or as needed until you find what works for you. If your symptoms persist after 2 weeks, review steps one and two and allow 2 more weeks. If after that time there is no improvement then you may wish to talk to a local dermatologist. Keep in mind that seasons may influence dry skin and to allow your skin time to adjust.
- Moisturize after washing twice a day
- Avoid using hot water
- Avoid taking baths
The tips presented today cover dry skin caused by seasonal changes or inadequate hydration. They should not replace the advice of your doctor or dermatologist.
Do you suffer from dry skin? Leave a comment and let us know what works for you!