Dry skin is itchy, uncomfortable, and can leave your skin a bit scaly if it goes untreated. Everyone has issues with dry skin at one point or another, but it typically happens in the winter months for most people. The lack of moisture permeating the air works against your skin health in winter. Unfortunately, you may also just have naturally dry skin. Taking care of dry skin is important regardless of why you have it simply because dry skin is easier to damage and doesn’t heal as readily as properly moisturized skin. OROGOLD has a few tips on how anyone fighting dry skin can take good care of their skin and stop their dry skin from getting the better of them.
Moisturizing is the obvious answer, yes, but a common mistake is to assume that you can just apply a moisturizer and move on. The truth is that moisturizers do carry extra moisture in them, yes, but they function primarily by helping seal in moisture already present in your skin. Just applying a moisturizing product to a patch of dry skin isn’t going to help you as much without the skin already being moist. As a result, the best time to apply moisturizers is right after your get out of the shower or bath or just after you’ve washed your face. Your skin has access to a lot of moisture then and sealing it in will only help your skin more.
On the Subject of Cleanliness
This step can be hard if you like taking long, relaxing and hot showers or baths. You should probably give those up when fighting dry skin. Yes, the water is providing your skin with moisture, but the heat actually works against you. It makes the skin less able to retain moisture afterwards. You don’t need to bathe solely in cold water, but turn the hot water down. Ideally, you can bathe in simply warm water, but there can be some benefits to using cold water. Additionally, favor gentle soaps and shampoos. Harsher mixes often contribute to drying your skin as well. The added bonuses to this is that harsher products can also lead to causing skin reactions that foster body acne and switching for gentler products could also help reduce the incidence of that.
This rule applies to both sunscreen and clothing. You already know too much sun is bad for your skin. One of the signs of sun damage can be drier skin, and as a result you want to wear sunscreen to prevent the issue from getting worse. Sunscreen has the additional benefit that it is also moisturizing to a degree and combines the benefits of protecting you from the sun with trapping extra moisture in the dry patch of skin. Covering the dry area with comfortable clothing is also a good approach as it further shields that section of the skin from sun exposure. Do favor soft, breathable materials though to ensure the skin doesn’t get irritated by rough fabrics.
You don’t have to worry about a dry skin being a permanent detriment even if your skin is naturally drier. All it takes is considering the suggestions above and you can generally stay ahead of the dry skin and gradually repair it. As always, OROGOLD suggests taking up any serious skin issue with your dermatologist, but for basic care these rules should do easily. Remember to act early when you find a patch of dry skin though to avoid letting various factors aggravate it further.