Dry, flaky skin is uncomfortable on multiple levels. It is unpleasant to feel and generally leaves the person with the dry skin feeling itchy and having to fight the urge to pick at the flaky skin. This is furthered by the fact that it also makes whoever has it feel less confident and worthwhile as flaky skin frequently feels like it compromises one’s appearance. Dry, flaky skin may seem frustrating to deal with, but it is both common and easy to deal with as a result. Persistence is necessary though to properly heal dry skin once it has begun to flake. You’ll also need to ensure that you can police your behaviors so that you don’t pick at the flakes. Picking them off will only hurt your skin. With that in mind, let’s look at your options for soothing dry, flaky skin to ensure you can get your skin back to being healthy soon.
Trying to come back from dry skin is easier at some points of the year than others. Regardless of the season though, you need to do your best to ensure that you’re following the basic rules of moisturizing. Avoid harsh products that dry out your skin any further when cleansing your face. After you’ve rinsed the product away, don’t scrub the water away. A quick pat is all you need. You want to leave some of the moisture in your skin to ensure that there is something to trap with your moisturizer. Dry, flaky skin is a sign of a rather severe and prolonged lack of moisture in your skin. This means that in most cases you’re going to want to favor heavier moisturizers like creams to help return your skin to proper health. A good, thick cream will help trap moisture in your skin after the rinse and let your skin have the extra push it needs to get healthy again.
Bring Up the Humidity
Our skin tends to try out in response to environmental factors if it is particularly sensitive. This is why winter tends to be fairly harsh on most people’s skin. Similarly, deserts and similar climates with low humidity frequently eat away at your skin’s natural levels of moisture as well. You can work to counter this by increasing the humidity of the air in rooms that you frequent. Humidifiers are great for this task and can add that extra layer of help that your skin needs in winter or deserts to actually recover. Make no mistake that the dry air will be constantly working against your skin’s recovery if you don’t do something to help counteract it. A good moisturizer can be all it takes, but in general, it will take just a bit longer if you don’t increase the humidity in the air somehow. You’ll generally only need a couple of smaller humidifiers for the rooms you spend the most time in and don’t need to worry about humidifying an entire home or office.
Protect Your Skin
Since dry, flaky skin is a sign of rather severe dryness in the skin, it is going to take time for the skin to actually recover. Moisturizing and keeping humidity levels up will help to reduce the loss of moisture, but you also need to protect your skin from other environmental factors. The biggest one that everyone has to deal with is the sun. Exposure to UV rays depletes your skin’s natural moisture barriers and leaves your skin susceptible to damage. Applying appropriate sunscreen to the affected areas will help prevent the UV rays from contributing to further damage to the skin. You should use this in addition to a moisturizer, but not necessarily at the same time. A good moisturizer with SPF at the start of the day will generally be enough to get your day going, but you’ll want to switch to an actual sunscreen later. Remember that your choice of product needs to offer broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to actually be worth your while.
It isn’t fun to have dry, flaky skin. It itches, is highly visible, and needs focused care to ensure that it goes away. Try to be mindful of potential reasons that your skin has gotten that dry. The season, climate, and recent product changes can all be culprits when it comes to dry skin. Keeping these in mind should let you deduce the larger problems and address them appropriately so that your skin heals.