When it comes to skin, most of us fall into one of three categories our skin is either oily, dry, or a combination of both. Very few people have what’s considered “normal” skin. With this being the case it’s important to know how to care for your skin. Skin care is not a “one size fit all” fix, especially when it comes to having dry skin. Dry skin is not fun, but the good news is that it is manageable. Most dry skin is caused by external problems, which means the best way to treat it is externally. Following the helpful tips below will help to keep your dry skin under control.
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Wash your face
You should make it a habit to wash your face at least twice a day, once in the morning and at night before going to bed. You want to avoid cleansers that will dry you out even more. An oil based cleanser is best for your skin type. When cleaning the skin, make sure you’re gentle. The skin is very sensitive and rubbing too harsh could cause irritation to the area. When washing make sure you use warm water. This helps to open the pores.
Avoid long baths and showers
Even though a nice long bath may feel great, it’s not great for your dry skin especially if you’re bathing or showering in hot water. The water dries your skin out even more. Try to limit your baths to five to ten minutes and only once a day. If at all possible you should avoid using tap water. The deposits found in tap water dries the skin out even more. Mineral water would be best. When choosing a soap make sure you get one that’s good for dry skin and only use where it’s absolutely necessary like your underarms and your groin. For more moisture you can also add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your water. Baby oil is also a good skin moisturizer. When drying off make sure you pat your skin dry versus rubbing it. Rubbing strips the skin of the essential oil it needs for moisture. When you can allow your skin to air dry instead of towel drying.
Adding moisture is a must when it comes to dry skin. Whenever possible try to moisturize when the skin is damp. When it comes to moisturizers it’s important to know which one is good for your skin. Look at the label and try to find one that contains glycerin. Glycerin is a binder that will help to pull moisture up to the skin. You should also look for moisturizers which contain petroleum. Petroleum is a barrier which helps the keep the moisture on the skin. Finding the right product isn’t hard, but if you find that nothing is working then it’s best to seek help from a dermatologist.
Monitor the temperature
Dry skin can become much worse under the wrong conditions such as temperature. Temperature that’s too cold could cause the skin to dry out and become flaky or tight.
There are several causes of dry skin. It’s important to know the reason behind your dry skin. This way you’re able to treat it properly. Some causes are more severe than others and would definitely need the help of dermatologist. Here are several reasons the skin becomes dry:
- Genetics could play a role in your dry skin.
- Your oil glands may not be supplying enough lubrication to your skin.
- You may have a poor diet which lacks Vitamins A and B.
- You could have a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis (both which should be treated by a dermatologist).
- You could have an under-active thyroid, which a doctor would need to determine.
- Certain drugs like those containing antihistamines could also cause dry skin.
Dealing with dry skin is a very uncomfortable situation. No matter the cause, it’s very important to take care of your dry skin. Ignoring it could lead to more serious problems later on. Your skin plays an important role in protecting your body. The least we can do is take good care of it. You may be surprised what a few adjustments could do for your skin.