Do not use hot water. It removes natural skin oils more quickly than warm water.
Limit time in the bath or shower to 5 to 10 minutes.
Use only gentle soaps without dyes and perfumes. Avoid deodorant and antibacterial cleansers.
Moisturize right after a bath or shower. Gently pat skin dry with a soft towel. Apply a pure botanical moisturizer to the skin. Use a product that contains 100% pure botanical ingredients that feed your skin cells what they crave.
Soften skin before you shave right after bathing when hairs are soft. A shaving cream or gel can lessen irritation. Leave the product on for three minutes before starting to shave.
Change razor blades every 5 to 7 shaves. A dull blade irritates skin more than a fresh blade.
Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist.
Apply cool clothes to itchy, dry skin.
Use an all-natural lip balm for chapped lips.
Keep skin covered outdoors in winter. Use a scarf and gloves.
Lifestyle And Home Measures
These additional measures will also protect and help minimize dry skin and associated damage:
With showers and baths, close the bathroom door.
Apply a botanical moisturizer 2 times a day in the morning and evening.
Avoid skin products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid.
Wear gloves in cold water to perform tasks that require getting your hands wet, or getting chemicals, greases and other substances on your hands.
Choose fabrics that are soft, smooth, and nonirritating. Cotton and silk are natural fibers, gentle on skin. Wool is irritating even to normal skin. Use detergents without dyes or perfumes.
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More Facts About Dry Skin
Dry skin is often an inherited condition. You can blame your parents for your dry skin. If your skin feels like you have rough goose bumps that is a common condition called keratosis pilaris. Its harmless and will usually start disappearing in adolescence.
Its common to have dry skin and bad acne at the same time. The flakes of dry skin can plug the oil glands on your face, making acne worse. There are some all-natural skin care products that end up costing about the same or even less than some of the brands you see at Wal-Mart and without the potentially harmful chemicals.
To select a lotion, start by avoiding potentially harmful chemicals. These substances are in most commercial products found in retail stores and supermarkets. You dont need to spend a lot of money. Use something that is thick and has oils as a base, not a water-based product. Products with the right natural oils as a base work in harmony with your skins natural oils to keep your skin hydrated and smooth. Make sure the ingredients are botanical and all-natural.
Any kind of heating - central, wood-burning stove, space heaters - all dry out the air. Use a humidifier or vaporizer to put more moisture into the air. There is a type of dry skin called ichthyosis. It can be harder to control than the more common types of dry skin.
Dry skin may improve through the teen and young adult years, but probably wont go away completely. By the age of 40, most people benefit from using moisturizing products. If your itching is miserable, you can buy a mild hydrocortisone cream (0.1%) and use it sparingly. If the itching interferes with sleep or daily activities, see your doctor. There are no pills you can take for dry skin. The only treatments available are all applied directly on the skin. Be aware, though, of drinking enough fluid for good health.
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