Dry skin, a hotly debated topic since years within the skincare circles. One day it's jojoba butter while the next day it's hyaluronic acid! With so many ingredients and remedies popping up everyday and all of them being competitively better than the one before has us scratching our heads and our skin (dry skin still lingering!) So here is a curated list of skincare and lifestyle tips to keep dry skin at an arm’s length forever!
- Avoid hot water showers
- Lip balm
- Switch detergents
- Oatmeal moisturisers/ bath
- Eating the right food
- Don’t itch
- Oil based makeup
- Supplements & hydration
Avoid hot water showers
We already know by now that hot showers while relaxing strip our skin off its natural oils. So, if you have dry skin, hot showers might not be the best deal for you despite the steam and humidity they generate in the shower that might soothe your skin for time being. Instead switch to warm showers that will comfortably humidify your shower while keeping your skin from losing its moisture. Use a gentle and mild body wash with no added fragrance or chemicals to keep your skin away from drying factors as much as possible.
Moisturising is a given for dry skin, yes, but when to moisturise to get maximum benefits? First and the most crucial is to moisturise right after you pop out of the shower. Once your skin is about 80 percent dry, grab the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser or Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow Body Lotion and slather it on your body generously to boost moisture back into your skin and lock it. These moisturisers are gentle, rich in moisture and have essential ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and shea butter. Next make sure to moisturise before sleeping because that's when your body repairs itself the most and is ready to receive all the goodies you feed it!
Your lips can get dry too and eventually develop cracks making them look dull and lifeless. So, take care of your lips by applying a moisturising lip balm like the Vaseline Lip Tins - Rosy Lips or lip oil.
To replenish moisture on your skin, keep a humidifier to lock in the moisture in your surroundings especially during winters.Setting the humidifier to 60 can help minimise dryness.
When our skin is dry even clothes and laundry detergent can be irritating. Use fragrance-free laundry detergents labelled hypoallergenic and avoid fabric softeners to keep your skin from getting irritated or itchy.
Oatmeal moisturisers/ bath
Oatmeal baths are an age old technique to boost moisture back into skin. Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your skin. Grind your normal oats and once they’re in powder form, stir it into your bath water and take a bath with it. If you're too lazy to do this, you can always invest in oatmeal moisturisers like Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Body Lotion.
Eating the right food
Foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can minimise damage from toxins and help your body make healthy cells while contributing to a glowing skin diet. Some of the foods that help dry skin are blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, beans, peas and lentils.
Dry skin causes skin to feel itchy and irritated – yes, but control your urge to itch in order to stop the irritation from accelerating. A moisturiser or petroleum jelly usually helps to combat itchy skin.
Oil based makeup
Dry skin could always use that extra nudge of hydration, so use oil based or cream based makeup instead of water based makeup. Switch to cream blushes, oil based foundations like the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation. This will keep your skin from drying out or looking flaky and instead give you a dewy look.
Supplements & hydration
Take Omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin E supplements as they are loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body resulting in decreased dryness. Always consult a doctor before taking any supplements. Further, hydrate yourself with at least 3 litres per day to help your body stay hydrated and to keep flushing toxins out for a healthy and nourished look.