A Personal Passion
Skincare is a personal passion of mine, Darlings. I’ve often written about how to cure dry skin and skin that’s red or just skincare routines in general.
Since it’s still chilly in some parts of the United States and I’m sure many of you live in dry climates, dry skin is a very common trait that many of us share.
What causes dry skin? Well, of course, dry environments, low moisture in the air, or soaking in hot water. If your hands are dry it could not only be from the environment but from over washing them (which might be happening now because of the Coronavirus).
So, how do we prevent dry skin? Let’s take a look!
1. Don’t Take Very Hot or Long Showers
If you suffer from dry skin, taking very hot showers or long showers will not help your dry skin. The same goes for bathing unless you take precautions such as using bath salts and soaps that moisturize. Water can make skin dry if it’s too hard, so you might want to look into a water softener if possible.
Remember, when your skin comes into contact with water, it removes the natural oils from your skin. Therefore, if you’re skin comes into contact with water too often, those oils are constantly being removed, causing dryness. This goes the same for water that is too hot! If you come out of a shower or bath with red skin, the water is too hot, Darlings. Taking a lukewarm shower or bath is much better for you. If you are brave, a cold shower actually helps keep inflammation away… but that might be a little too chilly to do in colder weather.
2. Thicker Moisturizer
If you live in a dryer environment, consider using a thicker moisturizer–especially during the cold months. A thicker moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated longer and ease that itchy feeling or skin redness. Here are a few options to consider:
Cetaphil is a rich moisturizer that gives intense hydration and replenishes sensitive, dry skin. It also claims to “restore skin’s moisture barrier faster than other leading moisturizers and provides intense, long-lasting relief from severely dry skin.” This is a great option and comes recommended by dermatologists.
If you struggle from Eczema or very dry skin, this moisturizer from Aveeno may be a great option for you. With colloidal oatmeal and ceramide, it helps relieve dry, itchy, eczema-prone skin.
Also, if you are having a hard time getting out of your home at the moment, or can’t leave your home, you can use coconut oil as a moisturizer. It’s actually one of my favorite things to use, and readily available at any type of store or online.
A humidifier is a great option for a home that suffers from dry air. It adds moisture to the air and prevents irritation to the skin especially in your nose, throat, and lips. They can also ease symptoms from a cold or flu which is an added bonus!
This Pure Enrichment MistAire humidifier is sleek, small and runs for up to 25 hours and will provide you with air that is breathable and replenishing. I like this one because it isn’t large and bulky, you can even set it on a desk. It’s also very inexpensive!
4. Exfoliate Less
Exfoliate less than you normally would, especially during the dry months. Stripping your skin of its natural oils and barriers is not what you want to do. So, be careful with your exfoliation steps and take extra care of your skin.
5. Carry Lotion With You
Always carry lotion with you for when your skin is feeling dry. And, whatever you do, don’t itch your skin if you can. That will only make things worse. When your skin itches, pull out your lotion and apply, apply, apply. Especially after washing your hands and using hand sanitizer.
6. Drink Lots of Water
Dring lots of water, Darlings. Not only for your skin but to keep you healthy during this uncertain time. According to Mayo Clinic, women should get at least 2.7 liters of water a day, that’s 11.5 cups. Not so bad when you look at it that way. If you need help, set an alarm to remind you to drink your water, or they even have apps that remind you nowadays. How cool! Stay hydrated, it’s so important.
Lastly, sunscreen! Always wear sunscreen, my readers, no matter what time of year! I know we often associate using sunscreen only during summer months or in hot climates, but the sun is just as powerful during the cold months. Your skin, especially your face, should always be protected by sunscreen over 30 SPF if possible. Please take care of your skin, it is after all the biggest organ.
8. Eat Healthy Foods
I know I’ve said it many times, and in many ways, but how we take care of our insides, reflects on the outside. Make sure you’re getting lots of vitamins, especially vitamins D3 during this time, and also fish oil, collagen, and other gut-healthy items. Greens and lean protein are also vital for your internal health.
Drink lots of water, eat healthily, cleanse your face, follow your skincare routine religiously and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Lastly, remember that sunscreen, it’s oh so important.
I know we live in an unsure right time, and a lot of things feel out of control. But one thing you can control is how you react, and how you take care of yourself.
Be safe out there, Darlings. I love you all.
How do you take care of your dry skin? Let me know in the comments below.