Ladies, how many times have you had to pull your dress down just a little further to hide the ash? And men, aren’t you tired of having to pull your socks over your knees to take the attention away from your scaly skin? We, at Rao Dermatology, do not want you to cover up, especially during the summer. Dry skin may be unattractive and irritable, but most importantly it is curable.
First, let’s tackle the most obvious method for controlling dry skin: moisturize. If you suffer from dry skin, you must be vigilant in reading and nitpicking your moisturizers. Look for lotions and moisturizers that are specifically for dry skin. Products that contain lipids are particularly beneficial as they help contain the moisture to your skin.
Another easy way to tackle dry skin is to avoid hot showers. Hot water strips your body of its natural oils and does not replace them. As a result, your skin is much dryer than it should be. Take warm or cool showers and use a body wash that replaces the natural oils that are removed and replenishes the skin. Also try to pat dry following your shower, to keep your skin a little damp. Don’t forget to moisturize after your shower as well.
Equally important for combatting dry skin is hydration, both internally and externally. Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated internally; this will support the water retention for your skin. Externally, soaking in a tub of tepid water for about 30 to 45 minutes will re-hydrate your skin.
Finally, oil treatments are beneficial to dry skin. Get familiar with the natural oils that make your skin glow in a healthy way. Packed with Omega -3, flax seed oil helps to improve your skin’s overall appearance. Incorporate natural oil treatments into your weekly regimen to see visible changes.
Dry skin can make you feel like an alligator, but if you incorporate these tips, we promise you won’t turn into one!