Relieve dry skin by making these 5 changes to your daily routine
Nobody likes dry skin. After all it can itch, burn, peel and appear scaly. If you suspect you have a more serious skin condition that needs a dermatologist’s attention, don’t delay. Otherwise, why live with dry skin when you don’t have to? These five changes to your daily routine may be all you need for smooth, supple skin.
Take lukewarm showers. Long hot baths and showers can strip your skin of its natural oils. Limit your shower to about five minutes and use warm water.
Scrub gently. Harsh cleaners and brushes can irritate your skin. Use a mild soap with lotion or micro beads and a soft washcloth or a natural-bristle bath brush. You may also use a homemade scrub made of salt or sugar mixed with olive oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly to prevent the granules from scratching your skin.
Moisturize immediately. Your skin absorbs moisturizers better when wet. Apply your favorite body oil or non-alcohol based moisturizer to your arms, legs, torso and back before patting dry with a soft towel. Use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen and apply lotion as needed throughout the day.
Eat foods with omega-3 oil. Essential fatty acids can help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Eat foods rich in omega-3 oil, such as salmon, halibut, sardines, flax, walnuts and safflower oil.
Dress for the weather. Dry air is one of the most common causes of dry skin. During cold weather, dress in layers and wear gloves, a hat and scarf. During hot weather, wear cotton and other natural fibers that won’t stick to your skin when you sweat. Avoid wearing fabrics that irritate your skin.