The Top 10 Ways to Combat Dry Skin
It may not seem like a really big problem in the grand scheme of things, but those suffering from dry skin know just how irritating and problematic it can be. Dry skin occurs when skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture. This can happen as a result of long hot shower or bath (more than 10 to 15 minutes), use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for those in colder climates, it can stem from cold, dry winter air. Since naturally dry skin can be aggravated by a number of external factors, it is important to take good care of it. Here are some ways to combat dry skin that are effective if practiced consistently:
1. Drink more water
Water is indeed essential for all life on, in, and above the Earth. This is important to us because we are made up mostly of water. When we are busy at school or work or even at play, we need to drink water regularly. Try keeping a water tumbler next to you at all times so that you can drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
2. Get a gentle cleanser or exfoliating agent
You never want to go too rough when exfoliating dry skin to avoid damaging the skin, and you also want to stay away from heavily perfumed skin care products and those containing alcohol, that strip away natural oils. DU’IT Tough Scrub, a 3-in-1 moisturising hand scrub fortified with premium skin conditioners help cleans, exfoliates and moisturises the skin. The natural walnut and pumice formula won’t dry or irritate the skin, leaving you skin silky smooth.
3. Take faster showers and don’t let it get too hot or too cold
Excessive showering may strip away much of the skin’s oily layer and cause it to lose moisture, making it very dry. In a hot and humid tropical weather, it is impossible not to shower every day. The frequency of shower depends on one’s lifestyle. You may take more shower than once a day but please limit yourself to no longer than 10-minute shower daily and avoid using water that is very hot or cold.
4. Moisturize regularly after you shower
Even if you are quick in the shower, use non-perfumed hygiene products and gently dry your skin with a towel, some of the natural skin oils will be washed away, leaving you somewhat dry. This is why moisturizing is so important. DU’IT Tough Hands a scientifically proven formula to repair dry, rough, irritated hands and body. Visible effects within 5 days!
5. Try out hydrating and moisturising mask
If your hands and feet are very dry, you can try hands and feet masks. Apply a generous amount of lotion or cream to hands or feet, then wear cotton gloves or socks. This helps moisturiser to absorb better.
6. Lather up your skin well when shaving
Shaving skin without a shaving cream is the fastest way to irritate it, which can cause redness, soreness and pimples to form. Your skin should be still somewhat wet when the shaving gel is applied, and make sure to use plenty of it.
7. The importance of sun protection
We all like to spend a lot of time outside the house, however, everyone needs sun protection regardless of gender and age. Within 15 minutes of sun exposure, the formation of free radicals starts to breakdown collagen. It is important to get a safe and effective sunscreen, pick the one with high SPF and PA values, non-comedogenic, added antioxidants, tinted, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, etc which suits you the most.
8. Eat your fruits and vegetables
In order for your body to properly regulate itself, and things like skin moisture are a part of this auto regulation process, you need to feed it the right nutrients. Vegetables and fruit contain a good deal of water, various vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants, which can help keep your skin healthy. Foods containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E – like olive oil, nuts and avocados – are particularly good for keeping your skin smooth, soft and well-moisturised.
9. Work on reducing the stress in your life
Stress can negatively affect our health in more ways than one, and skin rashes or dry and flaky skin can be a result of prolonged periods of chronic stress. A few simple solutions for reducing stress include:
- Regular physical exercise
- Breathing exercises
- Light music
- Socialising with friends
10. Fashion guide
Many people with dry skin have the struggles of what to wear. You may choose any outfit as long as the fabric and cutting provide comfort. In example, cotton fabrics or silk are soft and comfortable. Avoid materials that may cause itching such as wools, nylon, synthetic polyesters, etc. The softer the cloth, the gentler it is to your skin.