Dry skin can be a pain and plague you in every season. You can be prone to dry skin from genetics, the environment you live in and how you take care of your skin. Here are some tips to manage dry skin and prevent the itch, flake and even bleeding:
- Don’t let your daily shower or bath make your skin worse. Close the bathroom door, use warm water instead of hot, limit your time in the shower or bath to up to 10 minutes, use a gentle cleanser that is fragrance free and moisturizing, blot gently with a towel to dry and use moisturizer when your skin is still damp to soak in the moisture.
- Look for ointments or creams instead of lotions. Petroleum jelly can help very dry skin and it can help to put it on at night. They will be thicker and more moisturizing. Ingredients to look for that soothe dry skin are lactic acid, urea, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum. Avoid products with alcohol, fragrance, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).
- Steer clear of any deodorant soaps, fragranced lotions, etc. Look for moisturizing and gentle products for your face and body.
- Try using milk. An age old remedy is to apply milk to dry, itchy skin. Dip a washcloth in cold milk and apply to the skin that is very dry for about five minutes to calm down the inflammation and irritation. Never scratch dry skin as it will only make it worse and could cause bleeding.
- Keep moisture in the air and use a humidifier, especially in months where the air is very dry.
- When choosing makeup, look for cream or liquid based foundations and products. Make sure to moisturize and use primer before you put on makeup. Avoid tinted moisturizer. It seems like a good idea, but it isn’t as moisturizing or provide as much coverage as you think.
- See a dermatologist if your skin is very dry, cracked and irritated and not getting better with any products. They will be able to help you with your specific needs. You may also have a skin condition that is causing dryness that needs a special treatment to help heal it.
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