A common ailment for many people is dry skin. Often occurring during the winter months and in places with drier climates, dry skin can be irritable and even painful if left untreated for long.
Learning the basics of preventing skin dryness and healing it if it does occur are good skills for anyone to have. Follow the dry skin tips below, and look forward to having healthier skin all year long.
Short- term solutions:
Make time to moisturize.
Applying lotion or moisturizer to your skin throughout the day can help eliminate dryness. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, products containing petrolatum or lanolin are most effective.
Limit your exposure to water.
Taking shorter showers and wearing gloves while washing dishes are two things that can help keep your skin feeling moist. Overexposure to water and harsh soaps can dry out your skin. Use milder soaps when possible, and leave a small bottle of lotion at your work desk or in your car in case of emergencies.
Buy a humidifier.
A common cause of dry skin is lack of moisture in the air. If you suspect the air in your home to be short on moisture, take a trip to the store and buy one of these. Humidifiers are relatively inexpensive. Place them in rooms where you spend a lot of time. The family room or your bedroom are good places to start.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
While applying lotion regularly is a good place to start, it won’t help much if you’re applying it to dead skin cells. Exfoliating regularly removes dead cells from the surface of your skin to reveal younger and fresher skin, hiding beneath. It can also remove dirt and oils that clog pores, help prevent skin irritations such as acne and even-out your skin tone.
Drink plenty of water.
Besides being good for your overall health, staying well-hydrated can help add moisture to your skin. It’s especially important during colder months when the air is naturally lower in humidity. Try drinking six to eight glasses of room-temperature water a day to keep your skin feeling fresh.
Strive for a healthy, balanced diet.
Eat foods high in Folate and Zinc (beans, spinach, peas, red meat and poultry), and get a good mix of vitamins in your food. Think ACE: Eat foods with a sufficient amount of Vitamins A, C and E.
Vitamin A acts as a barrier to viruses and bacteria. It also helps speed up the cell renewal process. Cantaloupe, carrots, apricots and dense green foods are all good sources.
Vitamin C can help you maintain a healthy immune system, protects cells from damage and can help you recover from dry skin. Eat citrus-loaded fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits to get your daily fill.
Vitamin E also helps protect your cells. Good sources are almonds, peanut butter and sunflower seeds. Did someone say PB&J?
By following these simple steps, you could be ready to rid yourself of dry skin. Try applying them to your routine over the next couple of days and record your findings.