8 Effective Ways to Treat Excessively Dry Skin

A skin care routine that’s appropriate for her skin type is very important for every woman who takes good care of herself. It’s not only the key to looking radiant and beautiful, age defying and nourished, but can also play a huge part in keeping your skin healthy. If your skin is dry, here are 8 effective ways to treat it.

1. Say Goodbye to Hot Showers

As ridiculous as it may sound, long showers actually rob your skin of moisture, especially if the water is steaming hot. Hot water dries out your skin. This is because it strips it off its protective oils. So, either get used to showering in lukewarm water, or limit your bath time to 10 minutes tops.

2. Hands off the Soap

Most soap brands that are out there aren’t good for dry skin, as their content is high in lye. When taking a shower or a bath, or even just washing your hands, use your favorite moisturizing bath lotion or cream.

3. Moisturize

After taking a bath, pat yourself down with a towel leaving your skin somewhat damp, and apply moisturizing body lotion and a moisturizing face cream right away. This way you’ll be able to “lock” moisture in your skin and leave it looking soft and nourished.

You can also use mineral oil, or petroleum jelly, which work just fine, if you don’t want to spend money on high priced creams and lotions.

4. Watch Your Diet

What you eat plays a major role in the way your skin looks and feels like. Try and eat more fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin A and B – they are good for your skin. Also enrich your diet with whole grains, which are also good for skin problems. Eat lots of nuts, seeds, fish, and switch to olive oil, because it’s really important to get enough of “good” fats.

5. Easy on the Coffee

pretty young woman sitting in the cafe with a cup of tea

Caffeine is going to dehydrate your skin, so try to step away from that delicious macchiato! If you want your skin to look healthy and radiant, switch to decaf and decrease your caffeine intake altogether.

6. Say no to Alcohol

Alcohol, like caffeine, is a diuretic, so it has the same effect on your skin.

7. Drink Lots of Water

Young woman drinking a glass of water

Drinking enough water daily is what’s going to make your skin more hydrated, and is even more important than applying all those expensive moisturizing creams.

8. Get a Humidifier

A humid environment is good for our skin, that’s why the crisp winter air dries it out in no time. Also, indoors, the air tends to be up to 20 percent less humid than the perfect 30 percent humidity level our skin craves. So, if you’re up for it, why not invest in a humidifier, it will do you good, especially in the winter.

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