I hope your day is going well! As winter lingers on, I am getting a lot of questions regarding dry skin problems. And it isn't just winter weary folks asking either.
This is a common and ongoing problem for many people. Most dry skin sufferers attempt to combat the problem by changing their cleansers and trying out a myriad of different creams, lotions, and potions.
If you can relate to what I am talking about right now, then you may be one of millions of people who try to fight off dry skin and end up with what I always call the "drawer of discontent", full of skin care products that did not live up to their promises.
Dry skin problems can appear on all parts of the body and at anytime or season. The most common approach is the application of a daily moisturizer to prevent more serious conditions from developing.
Controlling flaky, scaly skin can be as simple as showering in cooler water or changing your cleanser. Something I have discussed many times in many articles. In fact, you can simplify your daily skin care regimen once you understand the causes and best ways to deal with dry skin.
Your outermost layer of skin, which contains protective oils, is your best defense against harmful drying elements like the sun and wind. However, it's easy to strip the skin of these oils through exposure to the elements or by not using the appropriate skin care products.
The cosmetics industry is a billion-dollar business, and there are many cleansers, lotions, and creams on the market that boast unique formulas and with a varying degree of benefits.
I always say use as natural ingredients as you can find in them. There is yet to have been a chemical developed that cures dry skin woes.
Also, many products are designed specifically for different parts of the body and incorporate various combinations of lubricating and cleansing elements for a specific condition.
So you can't just always slather the same product all over and get results. The number of products choices can be overwhelming, so you must arm yourself with the right information to treat your dry skin. You may think one size fits all, but you need to understand what key ingredients will work best for you.
So, here are 5 steps for dealing with dry skin. They are simple and effective, and if you are dealing with this issue right now you can address it right away.
1. Select a cleanser that is Non-Soap. By this I mean does not contain urea, sulfides, or sulfites. Choose all glycerin bars, or glycerin, olive oil, or sorbitol based washes. These ingredients cleanse skin without stripping it of its natural pH and moisture content.
2. Stay away from mineral oil or lotions and moisturizers that contain it. It only coats the skin and does not allow it to produce the natural oils it needs to be healthy and maintain a proper moisture balance. Choose lotions that contain some beta or alpha hydroxy acids to help the old dry skin be removed. This can help dry skin problems greatly.
3. Avoid alcohol based toner and astringents. These remove far too much of the natural skin oil.
4. Shower with luke-warm water, or if you use very hot water be sure to have a 1-2 minute rinse with tepid water. Apply your lotion or moisturizer within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower in order to trap a fair amount of moisture in the skin before it evaporates. This can be extremely important during winter time to prevent dry skin problems.
5. Make sure you wear clothing made from soft cotton material versus wools and other materials that are abrasive. Your skin will heal faster and there will be less irritation.
I hope you find these dry skin care routine steps helpful. Even if you do not have dry skin issues at the present time, be sure to save or print out this article for future reference. Dry skin can happen anytime to anyone and can be very unpleasant.
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Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care
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