If you have dry skin you’ll know that winter isn’t your friend. Cold winds, pouring rain and drying heat all make the situation worse, with your hands, face and even feet feeling as rough as sandpaper. Dry skin gets sore and can look unsightly too. There are many supposedly miracle creams out there; creams that will solve your dry skin problems overnight. But what about a more permanent solution?
If you tackle your dry skin problem at the source then your gorgeous new primer – check out these 10 amazing primers here – and your silky new foundation will compliment your skin, rather than irritating your dry spots and making them more obvious. Unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, read on for 7 ways to treat your dry skin.
Mind your temperature
We all love a gorgeously hot bath to wind down in after a hard day, or a hot shower in the morning to get the blood pumping. But excessively dry skin isn’t a fan of hot water. In fact, using hot water will strip your skin of all it’s moisture and oils, making the problem worse. Next time you hop in the shower or sink into the bath, try using warm water, rather than hot. If the bathroom mirror steams up when you’re in the bath/shower then your water is too hot.
Limit your time
Whilst you’re bathing or showering you need to limit your soak to 10-15 minutes maximum. So that way your skin doesn’t dry out completely. Try it next time you shower, you’ll notice a difference!
Trap the moisture
Once you’re out of the bath and you’ve dried yourself – make sure you’re applying your moisturizer or lotion straight away. This will help your skin trap the much-needed moisture on your skin. If you have dry hands, then get into the habit of applying hand cream as soon as you’ve dried them.
Be careful of your skin care products
If you’re using skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or AHA then you need to stop and swap them for something more natural and kinder to your skin. If you avoid these products then you’ll be helping your skin retain it’s natural oils and moisture.
Winter is here, so why not treat yourself to some nice gloves. It might be advisable to invest in some ski type gloves rather than those made of thin cotton or polyester and these will still allow your hands to get wet. Even if you’re doing the washing up, you need to wear gloves.
Winter is a time for sitting in front of an open fire and warming up nicely. But it can actually be harmful to your dry skin. Try not to sit so close to an open flame or even a radiator.
Don’t forget your lip balm
If your lips tingle or sting when you apply a lip balm then it’s not helping your dry, chapped lips. Simply switch to one that doesn’t cause discomfort.