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The Top 5 Tips to Help With Dry Skin

Whether it is from skin products, the weather, or your natural skin type, dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are five dermatologist-approved tips that can help you ease the discomfort and enjoy healthier skin.

 

1. Use Gentle Cleansers

One thing that can dry your skin out quickly is a lot of chemicals and ingredients in your daily facial cleanser. These can be harsh on your skin, strip it of natural oils that provide moisture and result in dry, itchy and irritated skin. To avoid this, use an unscented gentle cleanser that is mild enough for everyday use and does not irritate your skin.

 

2. Apply Moisturizer

A healthy skin care routine makes use of a daily moisturizer. With dry skin, it is important to lock in moisture after washing the skin, whether it is on your face or the rest of your body. You should avoid gel-based lotions and instead look for cream or an ointment type of moisturizer that can effectively penetrate the skin without irritation and help your skin absorb the product. As an added tip, if you use oils or serums, apply a moisturizer after you have layered the oils for even more benefits. The moisturizer can also help ease the itchiness and help you scratch less, allowing your dry skin to heal.

 

3. Plug in a Humidifier

Sometimes when your skin is dry it can be because the air is dry. Using a humidifier can help keep the air in your home moist and help to not dry out your skin. Some home heating systems have a humidifier setting as part of the unit. If yours does not, you can use a regular humidifier and plug it in to use. Setting it at 60% helps heal your skin and add moisture without using additional products.

 

4. Wash With a Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent

Certain laundry soaps can irritate your skin or make dry skin worse. By using a hypoallergenic laundry soap, you can lessen the irritation when wearing clothes. It may seem like a small thing, but the effects of the detergent can be felt by skin that is sensitive, dry and irritated, which is why switching your laundry soap may help alleviate your skin condition.

 

5. Avoid Gel or Foaming Cleansers

Foaming cleansers and gel-based ones are both popular options for skincare. However, the ingredients found in these can take away your skin’s natural oils, which leads to more dryness. If your skin is already dry or irritated, it is best to use a cream-based cleanser that is gentler and more nourishing for the skin.

 

Improving Your Skin’s Health

Following the tips set out by dermatologists and skin specialists means that you can say goodbye to dry skin in no time. Adding these simple steps to your daily routine can help you gain a healthier skin feel and protect your skin from the harsh effects of the environment and products you might use. To learn more ways to boost your skin’s moisture or to speak with a specialist, contact us online or call the Windsor Dermatology office at 609-443-4500.