Ten Tips to say Goodbye to Dry Skin

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Dry Skin

Almost every person has patches of dry skin at one time or another. Plus, dry skin is much more common in the winter when the red, itchy, peeling and cracked skin can become the norm. But do not worry; I will not let you suffer any longer.

Here are the very best tips for Dry Skin:

Avoid long hot showers

Very hot water tends to remove a bit of the protective layer of fat under the skin. Opt instead for a quick shower or a bath of warm water and limit yourself to 10 minutes.

Choose a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser

Look for a moisturizing cleanser that contains glycerin or shea butter. Ask your pharmacist or cosmetician to help you find the one that suits your skin type.

Avoid alcohol-based cleansers

Cleaning lotion and toner with alcohol (such as antibacterial soaps) can be hard and very drying to the skin. Tap, do not rub. After a bath or shower, press your dry skin with a clean towel instead of rubbing vigorously.

Hydrate your skin while still wet

Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion immediately after a bath or shower when your skin is still slightly damp to help trap moisture. Reapply during the day if necessary. Ask your pharmacist or cosmetician to help you find a quality moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated, smooth and healthy.

Protect your skin from the sun

Just as during the summer, winter sun rays that damage the skin. Covering or slather on sunscreen and avoid tanning booths.

Think of quitting smoking

Many products are found in cigarettes that restrict blood circulation in the small vessels that irritate the dry skin.

Hydrate from the inside

Get plenty to drink, especially water, and limit intake of dehydrating drinks such as coffee, tea, and alcohol. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent choice to stay hydrated.

Maintain a good level of humidity in the house

Use a hygrometer to measure the moisture content in your home. Aiming for 30% humidity in winter and 50% in the summer. You may want to buy a humidifier.

Protect yourself from the cold

Be sure to dress warmly from head to toe (including your hand) when you go out in cold weather.

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