Is your skin is flaky, itchy, dry, wrinkles and you want fast relief. Easing your dry skin isn’t just about what you put on it, It also depends on how you clean your skin, the air around you, and even your clothes, it is also important to mention that even if you don’t have a dry skin naturally, it can still become dry when you expose your skin to extreme weather or using the wrong body lotion.
5 tips to try that really works for variety of people to keep your skin silky smooth all year-round
1. Use Warm Water To Bath, No Hot.
A steamy shower feels good, but that hot water is not a good idea for your dry skin, The problem is that hot showers strip your body of its natural oil barrier, and you need that barrier to help trap moisture and keep your skin smooth and moist.
So dial down the temperature and don’t linger too long. Skin care experts recommend short, warm showers or baths that last no longer than 5 to 10 minutes. Afterward, gently pat dry and moisturize your body.
2. Cleanse Your Skin Gently.
Wash with a soapless cleanser when you shower. Cambio says gentle soaps that are free of fragrance are a great option. Products with deodorant or antibacterial additives can be harsh on skin.
You might also consider a cleanser that contains ceramides, says dermatologist Carolyn Jacob, MD. Ceramides are fatty molecules that make up the outer barrier of your skin. They help skin hold in moisture. Some skin care products use synthetic ceramides to replace those we lose with age.
Go easy on toners, peels, and other astringents made with alcohol, which is drying. When you exfoliate, don’t scrub too much or too hard, Jacob says. It can irritate and thicken skin.
3. Shave Your Unwanted Hair Off Smartly.
Shaving can irritate dry skin. As you shave unwanted hair, you’re also scraping off natural oils.
The best time to shave is after you shower, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Hairs are softer and more pliable after bathing, making shaving easier.
Always use a shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction the hair is growing to protect your skin.
Make sure the razor is sharp. A dull razor blade can cause additional irritation. Change your razor blades often. If you are using a blade you’ve used before, soak it in rubbing alcohol to clean it.
4. Cover Up.
Sun damage is one of the main causes behind dry skin, wrinkles, and roughness. You can help prevent that damage by wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen year-round and dressing right.
In cool weather, Cambio says, be sure to “dress in layers to prevent overheating and perspiring excessively; both can irritate the skin.”
To prevent dry, chapped lips in winter, use a lip balm, and cover your lips with a scarf or a hat with a mask. In summer, wear light, loose, long-sleeved shirts when out in the sun, and wear a 2-inch wide-brimmed hat to shade your neck, ears, and eyes.
5. Follow the Rules of Moisturizing.
The simplest moisturizing products can soothe dry skin. “Petroleum jelly makes a great moisturizer,” dermatologist, says. Or you can use mineral oil, a favorite cream, or lotion.
If you like a very rich moisturizer, look for one with shea butter, ceramides, stearic acid, or glycerin, Leslie Baumann, MD, director of the Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute at the University of Miami, says. “All are rich moisturizers that will help you replenish your skin barrier,” Baumann writes in her online article Winter Skin, where she also says she particularly loves glycerin.
whichever product you choose, a consistent, smart moisturizing routine helps.
Wash with a non-soap liquid cleanser, preferably one with ceramides to replenish the skin’s outer layer.
Pat skin dry for less than 20 seconds. Apply a thick moisturizer to slightly damp skin within minutes of bathing to trap in moisture.
Moisturize your hands every time you wash them so that evaporating water doesn’t draw even more moisture from your dry skin. Finally, look for a cream with sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to get the added benefit of sun protection. You can find moisturizing sunscreens as ointments, creams, gels, even sprays.
Folasade Olatunji, an award winning Radio/Television Presenter, Red Carpet Host, Model and Blogger who started her career with Tv3 Nigeria, operated by Disc Communication Company as a Presnter in 2006, is a Native of Ogun State, born and breed in Lagos, studied Business Administration at the Fedral Polytecnic Ilaro and recieved Diploma in Presentation at the Pencil Film Institute (PEFTI).
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