by John Reed
Dry skin is something that affects many of us, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin our lives. Most people love having supple skin, whether male or female. Tough or dry skin not only makes us look older but it can also become itchy and uncomfortable. Some symptoms of dry skin are peeling, tightness, an inability to retain moisture, or signs of premature aging. The good news is that you can quickly learn good care for dry skin, whether you were born with it, or it came from your environment, and if you build these methods into your daily routines it will provide long term help.
Some very basic dry skin care involves such daily routines and how we live. For a start, not many realize the importance of drinking plenty of water. Try to drink eight glasses of water each day and also avoid spending too much time in the sun, as this really contributes to dry and damaged skin in a big way. If you must spend time soaking up the rays, do use a good sunscreen and also eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Showers are better for skin than baths because our bodies are not then lying in hot water for too long. On the subject of hot water, avoid it as much as possible, use warm water instead and lessen showers to no longer than 5 to 10 minutes. The idea of a nice long shower sounds great but what it does to your skin is not enhancing, and is just not good skin care. It’s amazing how following just these simple guidelines can make a huge difference to your skin texture.
Besides “living smart” there are other methods of caring for dry skin. Many of these involve using products that you can make or buy. For example, if you do take an occasional bath, put a couple of teaspoons of olive oil (not virgin) into your bath water. This works wonderfully in adding some moisture and oils to your skin, and you’ll love the way you feel when you climb out. Then you must gently pat yourself dry, after taking such care in the tub it would not make sense to rub the skin right off your body with brisk toweling!
Before you are completely dry, you’ll want to rub moisturizer on your skin. When choosing your moisturizer, keep in mind that when it comes to ingredients, less is more. Usually, the less ingredients you find in moisturizers, the better they will be for your skin! Look for ingredients like glycerin, lanolin, “alpha hydroxy acids”, and urea. Try to avoid using scented products as these often actually cause irritations and dry skin. Continue with this good care for dry skin on a regular basis. Dry skin can lead to worse skin irritations such as rashes, eczema or dermatitis, but with good skin care your skin can remain soft and moist enough to be proud of.