Does this awkward time between summer and fall have your skin feeling dried out? I know for me after a day of being outside in the sun or spending time outdoors with friends, my skin and lips often get dry and crackly… gross. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can add to your daily routine that will help you kiss those ashy, itchy skin days goodbye!
Here’s what to do if you have dry skin!
1.Moisturize your body
This seems obvious, right? If your skin is dry, add some type of moisture and voila! But… you’d be surprised how many people don’t moisturize and if they do, don’t moisturize correctly. I don’t know your shower routine, but have you ever noticed when you get out of the shower that a few minutes later your skin feels dry and tight? If you get to this point, you’ve already waited too long and you’ve already lost a ton of moisture from your skin.
My best tip for you is to try some in-shower body lotion. My favorite is Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer. It literally says that it locks in hydration at skin’s peak moisture moment for luminous skin and it really does! I just started using it a few months ago and it has completely changed the look and feel of my legs and elbows. Plus, it’s so much easier to put on than regular lotion. Did I also mention that it has coconut oil in it, which is oh-so-good for your skin?
2. Take care of your face
Now depending on what type of skin you have, you may or may not be able to use this same moisturizer on your face. My skin is super sensitive and one wrong move could turn my pretty, smooth face into a pizza, so I opt to use Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15. There’s tons of expensive face lotions out there you can use that are great, but I prefer this one because it’s tried and true. You can find it at almost any drug store so you never run out, plus it has UV protection in it, so it really keeps your face safe. Your face is just like the rest of your body though. As soon as you get out of the shower, pat it dry (don’t rub it harshly with the towel) and put lotion on asap. This will not only make your skin feel better, it will make your face seem brighter, your makeup sit better and it will help prevent wrinkles.
3. Drink lots of water
A year or so ago when I was getting ready for my wedding, I started drinking 100 ounces of water a day and I swear it changed my life. Now, you don’t have to drink 100 ounces every day… that’s a ton and just ask my co-workers, they tell me all the time that I win the award for the most times in the bathroom per day, haha! But what I didn’t realize is that for years I was dehydrating my body and my skin by drinking Diet Pepsi and Diet Dr. Pepper all day with minimal water. Now if I go out drinking one night or if I’m so busy that I don’t get enough water in, I can really tell in not only my appearance, but also how I feel and how my skin feels. Start slowly adding water into your diet and at the same time, slowly start reducing those sugary or caffeinated drinks. I swear you’ll see results in no time!
4. Use chapstick, liberally
Chances are if your body and your face both are dry, your lips probably are too. It drives me crazy that my husband refuses to use chapstick. I even bought him a very masculine, camo one, but still to no avail. Your lips are only going to get more dry and thin and old looking with every passing year, so give them what they need! I suggest keeping a chapstick anywhere you spend a lot of time. For example, I keep a chapstick at work, in my purse, in my car (although be careful here, it can melt and make a mess), in the coffee table in my living room, in my bathroom and in my bedside table. It’s not that you necessarily need this much chapstick, but you really should never be caught without it. “Why?” you ask… Well, when our lips are dry and we don’t have chapstick available, our first instinct is to lick our lips. Well, once or twice, this is harmless, but keep on doing it and see what you look like. I for one like to avoid having a second set of lips when you get all red and chapped or cracks on the sides of my mouth. Brand suggestions here… I honestly haven’t met a chapstick I don’t like yet, but I’d have to say that Blistex, EOS and Burt’s Bees are probably a few of my favorites.
5. Be skin-conscious in the shower
Let me just start by saying, I’m a hot shower’s biggest fan, but taking a super hot shower might not be the best for your skin. In fact, a lot of dermatologists recommend only using warm water and trying to stay in the shower for less than 10 minutes (I’m at least a 15 minute shower-er, so I feel your pain). But reducing your shower time, even a little, can help your skin. Plus, when you’re in the shower, take notice of the products you’re using on your skin. Are you using a lot of colorful, clear-looking gels and harsh, cheap bar soaps? These don’t do much for your skin in the way of keeping in moisture. Try to find soaps and body washes that have moisturizer in them and that have a creamier feel to them. One of my favorites is Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash.
These are just a few of the things you can do to help if you have dry skin, but starting off with these five easy steps will help a ton! What are your favorite dry skin remedies?
C’est la vie,