Dry skin tips

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Try these six suggestions to soothe your dry epidermis.

1. Warm Yes, Very hot No.

A steamy bathtub feels good, but that hot water is wii idea for your dried up skin, says dermatologist Andrea Lynn Cambio, M . D ..

The problem is in which hot showers strip your system of its natural acrylic barrier, and you need that barrier to aid trap moisture and maintain your skin smooth and wet.

So dial down the temperature , nor linger too long. Natual skin care experts recommend short, warm showers or baths that last will no longer than 5 to 10 moments.

Afterward, gently pat dry and moisturize your system.
2. Cleanse Gently.

Wash using a soapless cleanser when an individual shower. Cambio says gentle soaps which can be free of fragrance certainly are a great option. Products with deodorant or antibacterial additives may be harsh on skin.

You can also consider a cleanser which contains ceramides, says dermatologist Carolyn John, MD. Ceramides are fatty molecules that comprise the outer barrier of one's skin. They help epidermis hold in moisture. Some natual skin care products use synthetic ceramides to exchange those we lose together with age.

Go easy about toners, peels, and other astringents made out of alcohol, which is blow drying. When you exfoliate, don't scrub a lot of or too hard, John says. It can annoy and thicken skin.
3. Shave Intelligently.

Shaving can irritate dried up skin. As you shave undesired hair, you're also scraping off sebum.

The best time to shave is when you shower, according to the particular American Academy of Dermatology. Hairs are softer plus more pliable after bathing, creating shaving easier.

Always work with a shaving cream or teeth whitening gel, and shave in the particular direction the hair is growing to protect your epidermis.

Make sure the shaver is sharp. A dull razor blade could cause additional irritation. Change the razor blades often. If you use a blade you've employed before, soak it in rubbing alcohol to completely clean it.

4. Cover Upwards.


Sun damage is several causes behind dry epidermis, wrinkles, and roughness. It is possible to help prevent that injury by wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen year-round and dressing up right.

In cool weather conditions, Cambio says, be sure to "dress in layers to stop overheating and perspiring exceedingly; both can irritate skin. "

To prevent dried up, chapped lips in wintertime, use a lip product with SPF 15 sunscreen, and cover your lips using a scarf or a hat using a mask.

In summer, use light, loose, long-sleeved shirts when out inside the sun, and wear any 2-inch wide-brimmed hat to be able to shade your neck, hearing, and eyes.
5. Follow the principles of Moisturizing.

The most basic moisturizing products can relieve dry skin. "Petroleum jelly makes a fantastic moisturizer, " dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, M . D ., says. Or you are able to use mineral oil, a favored cream, or lotion.

If you'd prefer a very rich lotion, look for one together with shea butter, ceramides, stearic chemical p, or glycerin, Leslie Baumann, M . D ., director of the Beauty Medicine and Research Institute on the University of Miami, claims. "All are rich moisturizers that may help you replenish your skin buffer, " Baumann writes inside her online article Wintertime Skin, where she furthermore says she particularly adores glycerin.

Jacobs says that whichever product you decide on, a consistent, smart moisturizing program helps.

Wash with any non-soap liquid cleanser, if possible one with ceramides to be able to replenish the skin's outside layer.
Pat skin dry at under 20 seconds.
Apply any thick moisturizer to a bit damp skin within moments of bathing to capture in moisture.
Moisturize the hands every time you wash them in order that evaporating water doesn't draw a lot more moisture from your dried up skin.

Finally, look for a product with sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to obtain the added benefit of sunshine protection. You can locate moisturizing sunscreens as products, creams, gels, even sprays. The AAD suggests creams as your better bet for helping to be able to combat dry skin.
6. Humidify inside Winter.

Cold, dry air can be a common cause of dried up, irritated skin. Heating your property keeps you warm, just about all removes moisture from mid-air, which can make dry skin a lot more parched.

To replenish that missing moisture efficiently, use a humidifier within your bedroom, Cambio says. It is possible to track humidity easily having an inexpensive humidity meter, referred to as a hygrometer. Aim for indoor humidity of approximately 50%.
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I agree that Petroleum Jelly is a fantastic moisturizer. I have baby soft, smooth skin, especially on my arms and legs. However recently we were putting a heated throw blanket underneath our 20 year old cat to make him more comfortable (so he would stop sitting on my laptop). We put that on the arm of my chair, where he likes to sit. I would mindlessly put my arm up there on the heated throw. After some time, I realized that I had a 2" by 6" swath on my arm that was dry and flakey. Felt like alligator skin. I started washing it and patting it dry and then immediately putting Vaseline on it. Only took a couple of days to resolve; it worked VERY quickly. So yes, Vaseline is great. Aquaphor is even better, I found out later and contains a B vitamin and an ingredient that helps it absorb into your skin.
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I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


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What are your thoughts or experiences about St. Ives? It's wonderful and really soft on the skin.
I don't really agree with number 3. Using shaving cream has always dried out and irritated my skin and I've never heard of using a teeth whiting gel to shave. I prefer to moisturize with a body oil before even stepping in the shower (helps my skin from drying out and aids in less irritation from shaving) and then shave with hair conditioner since it doesn't dry out or irritate my skin.
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LI- As I Am or Sauve Coconut
Styling products-KCCC
@haircoutore I used to use that growing up and it was great. Apparently, they make different ones now with bigger/smaller sized grains.

I feel like we do too much to our skin. Everyday, I just think less is more. I do agree with taking not so hot showers. I use a natural soap on a loofah sponge net thing when I wash my body. I use coconut oil or shea butter to moisturize my body. That's all. I think what you put on the inside is just as important.

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And lots of different oils to seal/pre-poo

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What are your thoughts or experiences about St. Ives? It's wonderful and really soft on the skin.
Originally Posted by haircouture
I use this one and it works fine with me

@haircoutore I used to use that growing up and it was great. Apparently, they make different ones now with bigger/smaller sized grains.

I feel like we do too much to our skin. Everyday, I just think less is more. I do agree with taking not so hot showers. I use a natural soap on a loofah sponge net thing when I wash my body. I use coconut oil or shea butter to moisturize my body. That's all. I think what you put on the inside is just as important.

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Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
The very first St. Ives I used was one in a tub - it was Apricot Scrub. It was back when I was in school. Now, I can't even find that tub anymore. When I was in school, I switched to Neutrogena. About a month ago, though, I stopped using it. I think they changed their formulation or my skin is changing because my arm started getting irritated.

I would have to agree with you about less is more. When I started using neutrogena, I just wash with water and use neutrogena oil on my face and body and that was it. I loved the feeling it gave me. When I use moisturizers or toners, my face would get irritated and I'd break out. When I went for consultation at bosley when I had really bad hair fall problems, they also said the same thing. I have to stop using too much chemical on my hair

Well, I've said too much, but yes, I agree with you, less is more.
The very first St. Ives I used was one in a tub - it was Apricot Scrub. It was back when I was in school. Now, I can't even find that tub anymore. When I was in school, I switched to Neutrogena. About a month ago, though, I stopped using it. I think they changed their formulation or my skin is changing because my arm started getting irritated.
Originally Posted by haircouture
I have also used the tub before (are we the same age? lol) Until now I still use it (tube type) still the same but that's me
For many years on my body, I either used extra-virgin coconut oil, or my own DIY shea butter-coconut oil body butter and that worked great(my husband still uses it), but in the last couple of years I've noticed that straight oils no longer help - my skin also needs exfoliation as well. I've found that a body lotion that has chemical exfoliators in it(alpha hydroxy acids, etc.) in it has really made a difference. For awhile I tried various body scrubs but I found that the lotion with exfoliators is much more effective over the longer term. With using a body scrub, my skin would feel nice for just one day, and then be just as rough as before. The body lotion I use is Eucerin Intensive Repair for Very Dry Skin, available at any drugstore. For my face, which is finally drying out(at almost age 68, and somewhat sensitive to boot, I love CeraVe products, namely the Hydrating Cleanser, and the AM and PM facial lotions. I do, however have to supplement them, namely with the AM lotion(which has SPF 30 in it)with a layer of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream underneath on drier areas. With the PM lotion, especially since I'm now on a low-strength Rx retinoid, I apply a tiny bit of Aquaphor Healing Ointment. I know that latter has been around forever, but I only discovered it a couple of months ago when I had a skin irritation from using a wrong product on my face. So I bought a tiny trial-sized jar of Aquaphor. Well, the Aquaphor took that irritation right down in just 2 days - great stuff! Recently I bought a 3.5oz. jar of it, and I plan to buy the 2-pack of little tubes so I can have one in my purse, and one in my travel bag. I've since found that it has a multitude of dry skin uses(great on hands, feet, elbows, knees), as well as being super for dry lips, or even as a heavy face moisturizer/protectant. Especially great for those cold windy days(don't forget the sunblock though!) I'll never be without Aquaphor, or Eucerin lotion either. Like I say, I was all about all-natural on my body(and even my face for a little while) for years, but it was no longer cutting it. Evidently it's not uncommon as we age and our skin reaches a particular state that we need to switch to more high-powered stuff. One DOESN'T have to spend a lot of money either - the most effective moisturizers are often the plain ones at the drugstore, like CeraVe, Cetaphil, various Eucerin products including of course the Aquaphor.
That said, all that deals with the externals of dry skin. One should also look to one's diet and be sure that one is eating enough healthy fats and drinking enough water as well. Some people are helped by taking supplemental essential fatty acids by way of fish oil capsules, others do better on vegetarian sources(like chia and flax seeds). I'm in that latter group myself, as fish oil caps don't agree with me.
Anyhow, I hope all this helps!

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