10 tips to relieve dry skin
The end of the rains, the rise in temperatures and the intensity of the sun test the ability of our skin to adapt. Although the cleaning and hydration routines must be maintained in all seasons, there are recommendations aimed at compensating for the lack of humidity in the environment and improving the condition of the driest and reactive skins.
As noted on the website of the American Academy of Dermatology without a change in skin care, the drier air can produce fine lines and more visible wrinkles. Dry skin may itch, peel, crack, and even bleed . To help take care of dry skin, keep it healthy and prevent it from getting worse, American dermatologists recommend the following:
1. Prevent baths and showers from worsening dry skin
When the skin is dry, be sure to follow some simple guidelines in the bathroom: close the door while showering or bathing; limit the time in the shower or bath to 5 to 10 minutes; use warm water instead of hot; use a fragrance-free and gentle cleanser; apply enough cleaner to remove dirt and grease but avoid using so much as to form a thick foam; Dry the skin gently with a towel; and use abundant cream after drying the skin.
2. Apply moisturizer immediately after any wash
Balms, creams and moisturizing lotions work by trapping the moisture in the skin. To retain all this necessary moisture you have to apply hydration a few minutes after drying after a shower or bath or to clean the face or hands.
3. Use a balm or cream better than a lotion
Balsams and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Look for a cream or balsam that contains an oil such as olive or jojoba. Shea butter also works well and there are other ingredients that can help comfort dry skin, including lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum. Bring a non-greasy hand cream with you and apply it every time you wash your hands, something that will relieve your dryness to a great extent.
4. Use lip balm
Choose a lip balm that you like but keep in mind that some with treatment components can irritate them. If you bite or tingle your lips after applying the balm change to another that does not produce such a reaction.
5. Use only soft and unscented products
Some skin products are too aggressive for dry and sensitive skin. When your skin is dry you should stop using deodorant soaps and products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids or alpha hydroxide acid. Avoiding these products will help the skin retain its natural fats.
6. Wear gloves
Our hands are often the first place where we notice dry skin. The condition of the skin can be improved by using gloves. Be sure to wear gloves before: going outside in the winter, performing tasks that require wet hands, and when handling chemicals, fats, and other substances.
7. Choose non-irritating clothing and laundry detergent
When we have dry and sensitive skin even clothes and the detergent used to wash it can cause irritation. To avoid this use cotton or silk under woolen clothing or other rough material. Use soap labeled as hypoallergenic to wash clothes.
8. Stay warm without getting too close to heat sources
Sitting in front of an open fireplace or heater can dry out your skin greatly.
9. Add humidity to the air
Use a humidifier. Check if your air conditioning system has a built-in humidifier and if so, make sure it works and keep it activated.
10. When to go to the dermatologist
With all these tips your skin should improve quickly. If these changes do not provide relief go to the dermatologist. Very dry skin requires the prescription of a balm or cream. It can also be a sign of a skin disorder that needs treatment. A dermatologist will examine your skin and explain how to reduce your discomfort.