It is easy to tell if you have dry skin, and, out of all of the skin types out there, this is one of the most frustrating to care for, especially during the winter months. Luckily, there are plenty of things that you can do to give your skin some relief, helping it to once again look its very best.
Nourishing Face Masks
Face masks are great for dry skin, as the hydrating and nourishing ingredients are given enough time to be able to penetrate deep into the skin. However, you need to be careful about the masks that you choose – avoid masks that target blackheads and enlarged pores, as these are aimed for those with oily skin and can be quite drying. Instead, OROGOLD advises opting for masks that focus on hydration, while containing ingredients that are naturally soothing.
Moisturize While Damp
The best time to moisturize your skin is while it is damp, because this enables the moisturizer to not only bring all of its own benefits to your skin, but also to lock in the moisture that is already on there, giving you some longer-lasting hydration. Coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter are great ingredients to use all over your body after a shower, as these contain nourishing ingredients and essential oils, all of which are extremely hydrating.
Avoid Tap Water
The quality of tap water can vary significantly depending on where it is that you live. In many places, tap water contains chlorine, fluoride, and many other chemicals, which can only exacerbate dry skin. Instead of using tap water, we recommend using a cold mineral water, or opting for an alcohol-free cleansing lotion or toner that does not require the use of water.
It is easy to sometimes forget that our skin needs a gentle touch, especially when you really feel like scrubbing your body clean. However, we advise that you resist the urge to do this, as dry skin needs a very gentle touch. Stay away from scrub brushes, exfoliating sponges and any other harsh products. This also applies to the way in which you dry your skin after a shower, as you should be gently patting it dry rather than roughly rubbing it with a towel. You should also make sure to use gentle products, staying away from harsh detergents and going with something much milder, such as an oatmeal soap.
Invest in a Humidifier
If you live in a place that experiences a dry climate, it may be worth investing in a humidifier. This should be placed in the room that you spend the most time, and the extra moisture that it adds to the air will help you to see a noticeable improvement in your skin almost immediately.
Dry skin is caused when the skin is not able to retain a sufficient level of moisture. This means that you have to do everything that you can to help keep your skin’s moisture levels high, whether this may be by applying a nourishing oil a few times a day, switching to gentler products, or even investing in a humidifier. If you have already tried all of this, and are still suffering from severely dry, painful and flaky skin, we would advise that you visit your dermatologist to learn about other treatment options.