How to treat dry skin?

It can be frustrating to have dry skin. If it is not treated correctly, it can cause other skin issues such as itchiness, cracking and bleeding.

With the right care you can restore your skin to a healthy and glowing state.

7 Tips to combat Dry Skin

Hydrate From the Inside Out

To combat dry skin, the first thing you need to do is ensure that you’re properly hydrated. Dehydration can cause your skin to become tight, flaky and dry. This makes it hard to moisturize.

Water can keep your skin hydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and more if you’re exercising or living in a warm climate.

Avoid hot showers and baths

A hot shower can feel great in the moment but it will strip your skin’s natural oils and leave it feeling tight and dry. To reduce the risk that your skin will be damaged, choose lukewarm baths and showers.

When you come out of the shower, pat dry your skin gently with a soft cloth rather than scrub it. Your skin is more susceptible to damage when wet.

Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer

Keep your skin moisturized to fight dryness. Choose a mild, fragrance-free moisturizing product that’s free from harsh chemicals and alcohols.

Use it immediately after bathing or showering, while the skin is still moist. This will help to lock in moisture and keep your face hydrated.

Exfoliate Regularly

When you exfoliate your skin, you remove dead skin cells. This can make your skin feel smoother and hydrated. Choose gentle physical exfoliators over harsh chemical ones that can damage dry skin. Limit exfoliation to one or two times a week. Exfoliating too often can strip the skin of its natural oils, making it even more dry.

Use a Humidifier

Dry air can cause your skin to feel tight and dry. A humidifier will help add moisture to the air and keep your skin healthy.

Regularly clean your humidifier to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold, which could be harmful to skin and airways.

Be Conscious of Your Skincare Habits

When you have a problem with your skin it is advisable to examine your skincare routine.

* Do you use any new products?

* Do you wash your hands more often than usual ?

* Do you use soaps that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals

* Do you scrub your skin too hard?

* How much sun have you been exposed to recently?

Sometimes, small changes in your daily routine can have dramatic results on your skin. You may be able, by paying more attention, to identify what’s causing the problem and what you need to change.

When Should You See A Doctor Or Dermatologist

Many dry skin problems can be treated by lifestyle changes and using over-the-counter creams. However, it is sometimes necessary to seek professional assistance. Make an appointment with your dermatologist or doctor if your skin feels extremely dry, painful or itchy.

Your dermatologist or doctor can diagnose the cause of dry skin, and prescribe appropriate treatments, such as prescription creams, medications, or ointments. You can get personalized skincare advice and develop a regimen that suits your skin type.

It’s better to seek help if you have persistently dry skin than wait for it to go away. You can restore your skin’s hydration and health with the right care.