Dry and flaky skin is a result of the lack of hydration and moisture in your skin. It can get very annoying very fast since it can get itchy or show up as ashy patches on your body. Unless your dry skin is caused by a more serious underlying condition (like psoriasis), following some basic skin care tips can help you manage it. Here are 5 ways to combat dry skin.

 

Re-evaluate your showering habits

Re-evaluate your showering habits

Wrong bathing habits can make dry skin worse. They strip your skin of natural oils and sebum, making it flaky and irritated. Make sure to keep your showering time between 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid hot showers, use minimal amounts of product (less foaming) and air dry your skin post-shower.

You should also stick to a purely moisturising cleanser for your face like the Pears Ultra Mild Facewash - Pure & Gentle. It does not overdry your skin and creates a glycerine-infused soft lather for gentle cleansing.

 

Keep your skin moisturised

Keep your skin moisturised

Moisturising your skin every time you wash it will help seal in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated. Any strong emollient will trap moisture into your wet skin and keep dryness away for long hours. Some of the popular ingredients to look out for in your moisturiser are lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum. The Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Oil-in-Creme is infused with the goodness of argan oil to nourish and revitalise the skin.

 

Hydrate your skin

Hydrate your skin

Keeping your skin hydrated maintains the collagen barrier and keeps your skin supple and soft. Keep it dehydrated by drinking plenty of water (8 glasses), regularly masking with nourishing products or even introducing a humidifier into your skincare routine! DIY masks like yoghurt or home remedies like jojoba oil have been known to work wonders for dry skin as well.

 

Minimise the use of harsh exfoliators

Minimise the use of harsh exfoliators

There is nothing wrong with exfoliating dead skin cells and switching a loofah once a week. But limit your use of harsh exfoliators like such as much as you can, especially if you have damage-prone dry skin. Bath sponges, scrub brushes and washcloths can irritate your skin. You can also use a gentle exfoliator such as the St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub & Mask once a week to buff away dead skin for soft, supple skin.

 

Avoid irritating ingredients

Avoid irritating ingredients

Irritating ingredients in skincare products like harsh chemicals, fragrances and alcohol should be avoided at all costs. The same should be applied to other products that your skin might come into contact with, like laundry detergents or household cleaners. Simply put, the more you expose yourself to natural oils, the better for your dry and flaky skin.