When it comes to beauty, skin is the epicenter of it all. There are, of course, different skin types including dry skin, oily skin, and sensitive skin, among others. Each has its own advantages, disadvantages, and maintenance routine. You can easily determine your skin with a skin types test, but in general dry skin manifests in the following ways:
- Flaky patches
- Tight skin
- Rough appearance
- Easier susceptibility to wrinkling
Dry skin maintenance tips
When it comes to showering, avoid using hot water especially for a long time as that reduces your already low moisture retention ability. Do not scrub your skin while showering for the same reason. Use a mild soap while showering, and mostly without perfume or fragrance. When toweling yourself dry, just dab at the skin so that you can retain some of the moisture. After dabbing, you should then apply moisturizer to the moist, but not wet, skin. Of course, you have to pay attention to the kind of moisturizer you use. Petroleum jelly, glycerin, olive oil, and ceramides are recommended as ingredients for the best kind of moisturizer for dry skin.
Your dry skin could be indicative of an underlying dehydration issue. Make sure that you drink the recommended amount of water in a day, and then some. By staying hydrated, you increase the moisture in your body and therefore, in your skin.
Invest in some lip balm
People with dry skin are very susceptible to cracked lips. Lip balm can help moisturize the lips and prevent cracking.
Pay attention to your laundry
Avoid clothing materials that are rough such as wool as it may be irritating to the skin. Instead, dress more in silk and cotton, which is light, soft and gentle on your skin. When it comes to detergents, make sure that you use light detergent. Check to see that it is not hyper allergenic as that increases the skin’s irritation.
Avoid direct heat
If you have dry skin, don’t provoke the situation more by staying in direct with direct heat. Limit your exposure to excessive heat and activities that could encourage excessive sweating and poor moisture retention. If warmth is what you need, you can get that without being so close to the heater, heating element or heat source.
Check your diet
You should increase your intake of healthy oils and vitamins in your diet. Foods rich in fats and oil such as avocados and salmon as well as vitamin-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables are recommended for your diet.
Visit a dermatologist
If after taking care of your skin it does not appear to be getting better, visit a doctor for a diagnosis. Dry skin could be a symptom of an underlying disease such as dermatitis for which you need medical attention.