9 Lifestyle Remedies to Beat Dry Skin
Envy that girl from the other department that looks so fresh and glowing all the time? Dry skin often affects your confidence. You feel like you look dull and drab.
Aging is usually a common factor behind skin dryness. Other reasons may include stress, unhealthy diet and even facial movements.
Whether you’re stressing or stress eating about that cheater or that upcoming big presentation, don’t. This will only worsen skin dryness.
There are many ways to beat dry skin. The first step is to consult with our board-certified dermatologists on which skin care remedy and treatment would work best with your skin type. That and lifestyle change would help you get that glow back again.
Ready to get moisturized and properly hydrated skin?
#1. Shower with Lukewarm Water
A steamy shower feels good especially after you’ve been such warrior in the Metro Manila traffic on your way home. However, hot water is not a good idea for your skin because it strips away its natural oils. These oils act as a barrier that traps in moisture and keeps your skin smooth and moist.
#2. Limit Your Shower Time
While it’s also nice to belt out that latest Beyonce song in the shower and sing like it’s your concert, lingering too long may also take a toll on your skin. Limit yourself to a 5 to 10-minute bath or shower daily to prevent stripping away the oily skin layer, causing it to lose even more moisture.
#3. Use a Moisturizing Soap
Some skin care products are too harsh for dry and sensitive skin. Minimize the use of soaps and avoid skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Consider soaps with moisturizing formulas, and gentle, unscented skin care products to help your skin retain its natural oils.
#4. Apply Moisturizer Immediately
Ointments, creams and lotions work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. These beauty treatments will only work if you apply a moisturizer within few minutes of drying off after shower or bath. Choosing the right kind of moisturizer for your skin type is also important. Lotions that contain grape seed oil and antioxidants help trap water in your skin.
#5. Avoid Contact with Rough Surfaces
Having contact with rough surfaces may cause damage to your skin. Stay away from bath sponges, scrub brushes and washcloths. If you can’t give them up altogether, be sure to treat your skin with gentleness. Pat or blot the skin when toweling dry. Usually, applying a moisturizer or a cold pack can control and relieve itchy spots.
#6. Stay Away from Chemicals
Your hands are often exposed to chemicals. The hands are the first body part that shows evidence of dryness. You can reduce dryness by wearing rubber gloves, particularly when doing tasks that require contact with water, chemicals, greases and other harmful substances. Moreover, the clothes and laundry detergent you use can also cause dryness. It is best to choose laundry detergents that are labeled as hypoallergenic.
Cold and dry air is a common cause of dry and irritated skin. To balance moisture within your home, plug in a humidifier and set it to around 60 percent, a level that should be sufficient to replenish the top layer of the skin. You can easily track humidity with an inexpensive humidity meter, called a hygrometer.
#8. Protect Your Skin
Sun and heat is one of the main factors of dry skin, wrinkles and roughness. You can help prevent damage by wearing sunscreen year-round and covering up. It is best to dress in layers to avoid overheating and perspiring during cool weather, and light, loose, long-sleeved shirts during summer. Wear protective accessories including wide-brimmed hats, scarves or mask to protect the face.
#9. Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle
You can slather on all the expensive creams and lotions you want but you should know that it is not the only way to go. Similar to the rest of your body, your skin needs certain nutrients to help repair itself. Paired with drinking plenty of liquids, commit to a diet that will hydrate and repair your skin. A healthy diet including fish, fruits, leafy greens and nuts can help keep your skin smooth and supple.
Don’t let your life be dull and dry like your skin. Find that youthful glow so you’re confident to pick yourself up after a heartbreak or to get ahead of your career. Our board-certified Dermatologists will work hand in hand with you to help give your face the glow and freshness to help you be more confidently beautiful.
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