Controlling Dry Skin
Discussing the different tips and methods for controlling dry skin. If you are suffering with uncontrollable dryness and can’t seem to find any relief, you may find the methods in this article very beneficial.
Many people suffer with dry skin, especially when the weather is colder and the heat in their homes is artificial. Dry skin can be an unpleasant factor that many people live with. Tightness, redness, itching, and peeling are all symptoms of having dry skin. Certain medications and facial creams can actually make the skin drier, which doesn’t necessarily help the situation. Benzoyl peroxide, for instance, is a popular acne medication that works by drying and peeling the skin. Many individuals who use benzoyl peroxide have to take extra steps to keep their skin moist and hydrated.
For those who suffer with dryness, they will completely understand the frustration that comes with having overly dry and irritated skin. It is never pleasant to be seen with peeling skin covering our faces and bodies. Regular moisturizing may not be enough for many who suffer with chronic dry skin. The quality of the moisturizer being used may not be good enough or the person is just using the wrong moisturizer for their particular skin type. Keep in mind that many people who have oily skin also might have dry skin. Having oily skin does not mean that the skin is well moisturized and hydrated.
Through this article, the aim is to discuss the possibilities that can be executed to maintain, control, and even completely eradicate dry skin. Some things said within this article may work for you and some may not. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t hurt to try a certain product or remedy. Keep in mind that persistence is key when dealing with dry skin. Using a certain lotion one time will not show you the same results that you might find if you use the same lotion for months in a row.
- Jojoba Oil – Unlike its name, jojoba oil is a wax ester derived from the jojoba bush. This natural product closely resembles the sebum our skin produces more than any other product available. The regular use of this product will control oil production, thus it is perfect for either dry or oily skin. Putting a few drops into your moisturizer should do the trick for flaking skin, as long as you apply it twice a day. Jojoba oil has a fresh, clean scent and has a very long shelf life. It is sometimes referred to as liquid gold. Many beauty products use jojoba oil because of its amazing properties, however, you can buy it in its natural oil form at any vitamin or health food store.
- Exfoliation – If you have acne problems, exfoliating your face will more than likely aggravate your acne. However, if you have dry skin on your legs, back, or shoulders, a good scrub with a gentle exfoliator is a must. Special pads and brushes can be used to deal with dry skin or you may choose to use scrubs that contain sand, salt, or sugar. Creating your own at-home exfoliating scrub can be a fantastic way to incorporate only your favorite ingredients into the formula. A mixture of olive oil or jojoba oil and a high grade sugar will make for a perfect at-home scrub. Some individuals also swear by baby brushes, which are gentle enough to slough off dry skin without excess irritation.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid – Also known as AHA, this amazing citric extract is perfect for dry skin. It acts as a moisturizing agent and is usually a must for those who suffer with chronic and peeling skin. AHA works by dissolving the “glue” that holds and binds dry skin flakes together. Many lotions on the market contain small amounts of AHA, however, there are products available that contain 8-10% concentrations of this ingredient. The only downfall with AHA is that is makes the skin more sensitive to the sun. It can also tingle and burn on application and shouldn’t be used more than a few times a week, especially if you are using it on your face.
- Steam and Humidifiers – Regular trips to the sauna will prove beneficial for those who have dry skin. Excess moisture in the air will absorb into the skin, keeping it hydrated and looking healthy. Making use of a humidifier at night while you sleep, may help to restore the moisture to your delicate skin. Taking warm baths regularly may work in the same way since the steam from your bath acts like a sauna.
- Water Quality – If you are showering in hard water or water that contains chlorine, your dry skin may be the result of using lesser quality water. To combat this, a water softener can be installed to your plumbing. However, this method can be expensive and may not even be possible for those who rent their homes or apartment. Switching your shower head with a filtering one can cut back on the amount of minerals, metals, and chlorine in your water.
- Cooler Water During Your Shower – Hot water can dry out the skin and cause skin problems and issues. Turning the temperature down while you shower or wash your face in the sink is the first step you can take to controlling dry skin. You may have even already noticed that your skin looks healthier when washed in cool or semi-warm water as opposed to washing in very hot temperatures.
- Drinking More Water – Everyone should drink plenty of water a day. Not only does water flush out any harmful toxins in the body, but it can also help to revitalize your skin, hair, eyes, and nails. Many who suffer from chronic dry eye will drink more water to add moisture to their eyes. The same concept can be said about your skin. Alternatively, if you have acne problems, drinking more water can help to flush out the toxins that cause acne breakouts.
All of these methods have worked for many people, though some out there may not know about them. Making sure to use a good quality moisturizer, twice a day, is essential to controlling dry skin. Try to choose a moisturizer that doesn’t contain fragrance or oil. Cheap or generic brand moisturizers may not be a wise choice when thinking about your moisturizing options. Keeping the skin balanced and healthy will allow you to feel confident about the way your body looks and may even help relieve social anxiety issues.