Every once in a while, we notice dry skin on our faces or other parts of our body appearing eerily; then, we ring the alarm. Relax! Dry skin is more common than you think and could happen to anyone. However, the most important thing is that it doesn’t remain that way. This is why beauty enthusiasts invest in dry skin remedies, whether at home or over-the-counter options.
Dry skin could be caused by a wide range of underlying issues, from genetics to the weather and aging. But it is definitely not a skin destroyer or a necessary evil. By being more conscious of what you wear, what you consume, and what you apply to your skin, dry skin can totally be kept at bay. Because we’re committed to your overall slay (including skin-wise), we’ve compiled nine home remedies you can try for dry skin.
Check out 9 easy ways to keep dry skin at bay this season and beyond…
When you have dry skin, your skin will often appear scaly and/or itchy. Exfoliating helps to scrub and remove dead skin cells giving way to newer, brighter skin. As helpful as exfoliating can be, it’s not advisable to over-exfoliate. As a result, experts recommend a routine session once a week. This will effectively buff away dead skin cells without tiring your skin.
#2. Moisturize that dry skin
Invest in a good moisturizer and apply it after a shower to prevent developing dry skin. It traps moisture and leaves the skin supple. Besides daily moisturizers, there are several other hydration options to explore when your skin can’t handle an additional layer.
Lightweight alternatives can be emulsions and oils. However, make sure to use products that contain only natural ingredients because they can gently moisturize and cleanse your skin without causing harm to it. For instance, products made from goat milk, aloe vera, or cocoa butter are more effective and gentle and can keep your skin soft and flake-free.
#3. Hydrate to prevent dry skin
Drink lots of water. We can’t say that enough. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or 0.5 gallons per day. Adequate hydration helps rid the body of toxins that lead to dry skin and, in turn, maintains glowing skin. This is one of the most critical steps to take for better skin. If you notice that eight glasses of water isn’t cutting it for you, then add another cup or two. The more water you drink, the better for your skin.
#4. Cut down on hot water bath
Taking a bath with hot water further dries up the oil in the skin and leaves it scaly. Warm water is certainly a better option, and you can find your perfect temperature even in cool weather. After taking your bath, don’t forget to apply moisturizer immediately after as this will help lock in moisture.
#5. Humidify away
Humidifiers are the best bet when it comes to adding moisture to the air. It helps treat dry skin and relieves flu symptoms as you sleep the night away. The good news is, they are relatively easy to find and super pocket-friendly.
#6. Just “oil” the dry skin away
Use coconut oil on dry face skin, cracked heels, and the entire body. You can also add natural oils like avocado oil to your bathwater. This will help the skin replenish its natural oil and eventually become moist and succulent to the touch.
#7. Use gentle skincare products
Use only gentle, fragrance-free skincare products. Some skincare products, such as deodorant soaps, are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. It’s advisable to use products “fragrance-free.” In addition, try to stay away from products with alcohol as it dries the skin.
#8. Pick your detergent with care
When our skin is dry and raw laundry detergent can be irritating. To avoid this, use only laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic.”
#9. Dress up with the weather in mind
Protect your skin when harsh weather is imminent. Cover your face and avoid long walks in the winter season and protect your hands by wearing gloves during cold weather. Also, try not to overexpose your skin under the sun and always apply sunscreen. Basically, protect your skin from the elements at all times.
No matter what happens, having great skin is possible, but you have to be intentional about it. So self-care and glow up!
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