When I decided to write this post on how to get rid of dry skin I had no idea my body would decide to make me write this from my own personal experience! This winter has been absolutely brutal on my skin. I’ve never experienced so many tiny cuts on my hands or dry lips as I have the past few months. It’s awful! Dealing with this has made me do a lot of research into the best products to heal your skin as well as things to work preventatively so you can avoid dry skin. So let me share with you what I’ve learned about how to get rid of dry skin!
Why Does Dry Skin Occur?
Ugh, dry skin is the literal worst. It seems to appear out of nowhere and then be impossible to get rid of. Dry skin happens when there is not enough moisture in the air for your skin to absorb. This causes the water to evaporate out of your skin and if it’s not replenished then dry skin occurs. This is especially common during the winter months because humidity levels are characteristically lower. No moisture in the air means less hydrations for our skin, therefore the dry skin.
Winter here on the east coast has been particularly dry this year. Everyone has been commenting on how dry the air is and it really is true! It’s doing a number on my skin.
Dry Skin Remedies & Preventions
One of the best things you can do for your skin is avoid long, hot showers. I know, it sounds awful but it’s true. Long, hot showers are bad for your skin. The hot water makes it difficult for your skin to absorb moisture. Try to keep your showers on the short side and use warm water as opposed to hot. If your skin is red when you step out of the shower, the water is too hot.
Avoid using too much soap. Again, I know this sounds weird but if you have a lot of lather, you’re using too much soap. Use just enough to wash your skin without producing a lot of extra suds and lather. This will help your skin to retain some of its natural oils which help to keep it moisturized.
Pat your skin dry with a towel after a shower instead of rubbing it vigorously. This will help to preserve the moisture your skin has gained from the shower.
Try to establish moisturizing your skin as part of your post-shower routine. Before you get dressed, rub lotion into your arms and legs. Focus on places like your elbows, knees and ankles which are often more prone to dry skin.
Best Moisturizer For Dry Skin
There are so many different moisturizers out there that claim to work wonders, but they all can’t be the best, right? I’ve tried a bunch of different products recently and some definitely work better than others. Here’s a few of my favorites.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Extra-Dry Skin
You guys, this stuff is AMAZING. For real. This gel cream gives your skin a massive hydrating boost, leaving your skin feel soft and healthy. I couldn’t believe how much my skin improved after just putting this on a couple times a day for 2 days in a row. There was truly a night-and-day difference. It’s gonna be one of my go-to products for sure.
Eucerine Plus Intensive Repair Cream
This intensive repair cream is perfect to rub all over your body after a shower. It works extra hard to try and not only repair your current dry skin, but it’s long-lasting. With regular application, it’ll continue to moisturize all day long and keep your dry skin at bay.
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment
If you’re looking for something that will act fast, this healing ointment is a great choice. My lips were so dry and cracked yesterday that I was in pain whenever I smiled or talked. I was desperate and ran to the store to try to find something. I bought a tub of this and lathered it on my lips about 8 times yesterday. I woke up this morning and my lips are 100% healed. It’s amazing! I love this stuff because you can use it on your lips or anywhere on your skin that you’re struggling with dryness. I love the versatility of that! It truly is amazing, I can’t sing its praises enough even after just 24 hours of use so far!
Ladies, dry skin and lips is something no one should have to deal with. And the good news is that there are really great ways of healing and preventing it! It’s all in knowing the right products to use for your skin. If you’re sensitive to dies or perfumes, make sure you stay away from products that contain those things as that will lead to dry skin as well! Healthy skin not only makes us look good but it makes us feel good. And that’s truly what’s important. I hope these products help you as much as they’ve helped me this winter!
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