Learn easy techniques and important tips to take care of dry skin
Skin is the largest organ of the body. It has multiple functions such as providing a barrier against injuries, retaining moisture, and acting as a sensory organ for multiple stimuli. Healthy skin is smooth, supple, and hydrated whereas dry skin is dehydrated, itchy, and flaky white. Skin dryness is caused when the skin doesn’t retain moisture. Multiple environmental factors such as low levels of humidity, high sunshine, and cold air can contribute to skin dryness.
Dry skin can cause irritation and can lead to the development of wrinkles and blisters. Fortunately, dry skin can be soothed and remedied using simple techniques. Let us take a look at some of these easy-to-do techniques.
Take The Following Precautionary Steps During A Bath
Bathing and showering the wrong way can worsen your skin. While bathing, it is important to maintain the humidity level in the shower so the skin remains moistened. Keeping the bathroom door closed will help trap the moisture. Take the following precautionary steps during a bath:
- During winters, bathe with lukewarm water and avoid hot water.
- Use a gentle cleanser that is free of fragrances.
- Don’t over-cleanse. Apply cleanser only to remove dirt and oil and avoid forming a thick lather.
- After a shower, pat your skin with a soft towel.
- Moisturize your skin immediately after drying your skin.
Never Skip Moisturizers
- Moisturizers soothe dry skin by trapping and binding the moisture that already exists in your skin. They prevent the loss of moisture. For people with dry skin, oil-based moisturizers are recommended (granted you don’t have acne-prone skin). Ointments and creams work better than thinner consistency lotions.
Always use a moisturizer after washing your face or hands and after taking a bath. Look for the following ingredients in moisturizers, whether they are ointments or creams:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Jojoba oil
- Shea butter
People with dry skin can have chapped lips. Don’t forget to apply lip balm or petroleum jelly now and then.
Choose Fragrance-Free Skin Care Products
- Scented products are not recommended for dry and sensitive skin. The reason is that the chemicals used for adding artificial scents can be irritating to the skin. Look for soaps, shampoos, deodorants, and makeup products that come with a fragrance-free tag. They are gentler for the skin.
Don’t fall for the label ‘unscented’. It may contain certain harsh and irritating chemicals that are added to neutralize the scent of other ingredients. Hence, they are not free from chemicals and can be irritating.
Wear Skin-Friendly Garments
Garments come in contact with our skin the most. While selecting clothes, look for the following:
- Wool can be irritating and drying. To avoid its direct contact, wear a garment made from cotton or silk underneath the woolen cloth.
- Choose a hypoallergenic laundry detergent to wash your clothes with.
Use Gloves to Protect Your Hands
- Hands are one of the most functional and frequently used body parts. Due to their repeated interaction with water, they can get drier than other body parts and need to be moisturized abundantly. To prevent them from over-drying, wear gloves when doing the dishes, washing the toilet, or any other task that involves getting your hands wet.
Following the above-mentioned tips will help deal with chronically dry skin and keep it looking healthy and supple. For more information on how to treat dry skin, contact Missoula Wellness and Medispa. Our qualified aestheticians will provide you with a customized skincare regime. Call us at 406-549-6600. We provide services in Missoula, MT, and nearby areas.