Dealing with dry skin can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. A consistent, effective and simple skin care regimen can help you regain and maintain both moisture and elasticity. Learning how to prevent and soothe dry skin is the first step in maintaining a healthy glow. So let’s get started with my 7 beauty tips!
Tip #1 : Use A Combination of Moisturizers
A lotion or cream is a must-have, especially for dry skin. Oil is not a moisturizer. It’s water that carries moisture across the skin’s surface.
Oils and butters provide an emollient barrier on the surface of the skin, don’t necessarily to penetrate. This is a great quality because they prevent the loss of moisture from your skin.
For best results, apply oils or butters just after a bath or shower.
Tip #2: Maintain All Day Moisture
To lock in moisture and maintain it all day, slather an oil-based product (lotion, cream, body butter, solid lotion bar, or body oil) on the skin immediately after baths, showers, and hand washing.
Wear quality lip gloss and/or lip balm such as our Hydrating Lip Gloss.
Wear gloves in colder weather and also when using cleaning products.
After wetting or washing hands, always follow up with an oil to seal in the hydration. Solid lotion bars are excellent for this purpose, especially if you’re on the go.
For overnight skin conditioning massage a natural body oil, body butter, or solid lotion bar into skin just before bed. You’ll arise softer than ever in the morning!
Tip #3: Bath and Shower Etiquette
Hot showers feel great but hot water is very drying, so opt for warm water instead.
Keep the bathroom door closed to humidify the air.
Limit showers and baths to 10 or 15 minutes.
Pat dry (don’t rub) before applying a skin moisturizer. Doing this within minutes of exiting a bath or shower seals in any moisture that’s on the surface of the skin.
Tip #4: Eat Well
Foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids maintain moist skin: Fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), cod liver oil, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and avocados.
Dark green leafy vegetables and bitter greens (kale, swiss chard, watercress, arugula, etc.) are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that alkalize and detoxify the body to keep your skin beautiful.
Daily vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) provides antioxidant support, and assists with collagen repair to promote beautiful aging.
Tip #5: Stay Hydrated
Drink 8 full glasses of water daily.
Pay attention to the signs—dry, chapped, or peeling lips often indicate dehydration. Try my 5 Beautiful Lip Tips.
Avoid coffee, beverage teas, and alcohol. These diuretics rapidly drain water from your body.
Tip #6: Add Moisture To The Air
Dry heat, areas with low to no humidity, heaters, and open fires are very drying to the skin.
Add moisture to the air with a humidifier. Cool-mist humidifiers are great for sensitive skin.
Tip #7: Protect Sensitive Skin
The key to avoiding dryness in sensitive skin is protection. Whether you experience eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin, or irritated skin, maintaining proper moisture is essential.
Use a water-based moisturizer (i.e. lotion, gel) to hydrate the skin first, and follow up with a natural oil-based product to protect against water loss.
Look for skin-soothing botanicals (i.e. oats, calendula, lavender, plantain, rose, marshmallow, aloe, and chamomile) in your products.
Avoid harsh cleansers, drying alcohols (not to be confused with skin-friendly fatty alcohols like cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohols), and fragrances.
Everything She Touches offers custom requests for all of our cosmetics, so anything you see in the shop can be made without fragrances and essential oils. Simply send us a message from our contact page and let us know how we can serve you.
Babies and toddlers with severely dry or itchy skin may benefit from wet dressings, and oats added to a bath. Use a cool-mist humidifier as warm steam may irritate skin.
What are some ways that you avoid or soothe dry skin?