Ever since I could remember, I have always suffered from extremely dry skin, which means I have always been on the search for the latest products for relief. Over the years, I have come across some that work hardly at all, while there have been some that have really been truly effective. Before I had found the best remedies for my dry skin, I asked around and was able to hear from friends and colleagues to find out the best ways to keep my skin healthy and moisturized throughout the day.
Of course, dry skin happens when it is not able to retain enough moisture. The tips I have read to relieve dry skin literally have been compiled from everywhere and I have made notes to myself with the ones I deem to be the most effective. For some people, even bathing too often can lead to drier skin, as well as aging, soaps with fragrances, and other medical conditions. For my skin especially, the colder weather is a true detriment to my skin, especially winter air that is dry.
During the colder season in the northern hemisphere, the skin may become rough, raw, red, and itchy. This is primarily because the cold winter leads to low humidity, both inside the house and of course outdoors. The outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is the one that truly reflects the humidity levels around it. Luckily, there are many ways to battle dry winter skin. The following are some of the ways you can keep skin silky smooth and battle the harsher times of the year from the New England states to Hawaii and beyond.
Keep Moisturizing the skin
Utilizing skin moisturizers to keep the top layer of the skin cells moisturized is always advisable as it seals and combats dry skin. The best ones have three essential ingredients, which are the main ones. Humectants are the type that attracts moisture and include ceramides, sorbitol, glycerin, lecithin. Other ingredients include silicone, mineral oil, and lanolin that help to seal in the moisture.
Linoleic, lauric acids and linolenic are emollients that smoothen the skin out by filling in spaces between the skin cells. As a general rule of thumb, the greasier and thicker the moisturizer, the more effective it tends to be. The most effective and affordable options include petroleum jelly and mineral oils since they have no water in them and are best used when the skin gets damp from bathing. There are other moisturizers that have oil in them, although in varying proportions. They are typically less greasy and are definitely more appealing than oils or petroleum jelly.
Ways you can combat dry skin
Use a humidifier during the winter, set at around 60%, which is sufficient enough to replace the top layer of skin.
Limit baths and showers to less than one at less than 10 minutes daily.
Minimize the soaps you use if you can and opt for those that have been known over the years to work, such as Basis, Olay, Dove, and those that have been stripped away of deodorants and alcohol-based products
In order to avoid doing further damage to skin, avoid scrub brushes, bath sponges, and also washcloths.