If you’re looking for dry skin relief, you are about to find your answers.
Let’s just say that in the family we know a lot about it, especially my wife which is a real expert and is the one who inspired me to write this article.
I will explain all the dry skin remedies in just a minute, but first let me ask you a question: how would you fix that face in the picture?
This shows what dry skin is, better than any words, because that is exactly what happens to our face when the skin becomes dry and flaky.
Of course, the first instinct is to throw water on it, and this is what we are going to base our remedies on, for the most part.
What is Dry Skin? What Causes it?
We define it dry skin when the amount of water in the most superficial layer is significantly lower than it should be. Basically when it’s dehydrated and fragile.
One of the reasons why we do not want dry skin is because it is a lot more prone to aging early. In fact, people who suffer from dry skin usually complain about wrinkles (especially crow’s feet on the face).
Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors, like for example the climate where we live, genetic predisposition, age, administration of certain drugs for long periods, diseases, stress and the use of cosmetics that are inappropriate for our skin type.
Climate can cause dry skin
|Drugs and diseases can be another cause
Do’s and Don’ts for Dry Skin Relief
As always, also the advice to relieve dry skin narrows down to a list of recommended things to do and things to avoid, which are always good to know!
- Drink at least 8 cups of water a day to ensure an adequate supply of water to the body.
- Protect your skin from UV rays (sun and tanning).
- Moisturize your skin with specific cosmetics to keep it soft and hydrated.
- Use humidifiers: too cold or too hot environments can have a negative impact on the skin.
- Reduce stress: also tensions and anxiety may affect the look of your facial skin. Dedicate some time to yourself during the day (sports and other physical activities, reading etc.). Stress reduction can is a step towards dry skin relief as well.
- Wash your face with exfoliating creams before bedtime to remove the dead cells from the top layer of the skin, and then apply some moisturizer.
Don’t expose to the sun without protection.
- Don’t apply specific creams without cleansing your face first.
- Don’t use aggressive facial skin products that contain alcohol. Prefer delicate products with 0% alcohol.
- Don’t dry your face or skin too much. Experts say that it is better to apply a hydrating cream on the humid skin.
- Don’t use rough towels. Prefer soft towels to avoid unwanted little scratches.
- Don’t wash your face too often and with aggressive soaps. Frequent wash tends to eliminate the natural moisture (ladies that do the dishes without rubber gloves must agree).
- Don’t wash with excessively hot water: dry skin likes room temperature water.
Diet Advice to Relieve Dry Skin
Also, diet can play a role in improving or worsening dry skin side effects, so let’s see how diet can be part of the natural remedies for dry skin.
What to Eat
- Fruits and vegetables, as rich in antioxidants (vitamin C and E). Remember that some vitamin deficiencies can promote dry skin (especially vitamin A).
- Follow a proper balanced diet: sometimes dry skin reflects a lack of certain nutrients.
- Foods rich in omega-3 (fish), and omega-6 (nuts, legumes, grape seed oil).
What to Avoid
- Foods difficult to digest, like sauces, fried foods, and foods rich in fat.
- Foods rich in salt: too much salt consumption may in fact cause dehydration (that’s why you would die if you kept drinking sea water…assuming you were able to swallow it).
Prevention is Key!
As you have learned, there are no big secrets for dry skin relief, I mean, it’s obvious: dry means there is not enough water, so that’s where you have to act.
Prevention is highly recommended, and it will help you maintain a younger look anyway.
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun (ever wondered why when you go to the beach they all sell hydrating creams?)
- Drink plenty of water.
- Moisturize your facial skin.
- Exfoliate before you apply moisturizing products (on the still humid skin).
- Protect your face (or hands) from hard climate conditions.
It is very important to follow this advice to relieve dry skin, otherwise it can become very dry over time, and crack, and look old and unhealthy.
You don’t want to end up looking like that picture at the top of this article!
How do you treat dry skin? What is your secret?