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Anyone suffering from dehydrated skin will be going through a check list of dos and don’ts and wondering how on earth to solve their skin problems. However, the answer may be more simple than you first think.
Here’s a few misconceptions from WebMD…
1. Misusing moisturiser
If you’ve been dealing with dry skin, you’ve probably already tried a moisturiser – if not dozens. But while moisturisers are a crucial part of dry skin care, experts say that we don’t always use them very well.
One mistake some people make is applying moisturiser on dry skin, when it’s least likely to help. Put on moisturiser when your skin is still damp. That way, the moisturiser is trapping the moisture still on your skin. Your skin shouldn’t be sopping wet – just pat yourself dry with a towel and put it on. Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then towel off the excess.
2. Dry air
Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter. It draws the moisture right out of the skin. Dry skin during winter even gets its own name: winter itch.
While cold, harsh weather does dry your skin, another big problem in the winter lies indoors – the dry heat churned out by your central heating. During the summer, air conditioning can have a similar effect. To counteract the dry heat, start with a moisturiser. Turning down the heating a bit in the winter can also help.
Other dry skin care tips include using a humidifier in your bedroom, and bundling up – with hats, scarves and gloves, when you’re outside.
3. Long, hot showers and baths
Prolonged exposure to water – especially hot water – can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. If you get out of the bath or shower and your skin feels tight, it’s dried out.
So what should you do? First, choose showers over baths. But that’s not all. If you’re accustomed to waking up in the morning with a long, languid shower, dermatologists have some brutal advice: limit showers to a few minutes and skip the hot water.
Afterwards, pat your body dry with a towel – rather than vigorously rubbing it – and put on a moisturiser right away.
Soap can quickly strip away your skin’s protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it.
While our doctors – and our mothers – always told us to wash our hands frequently, that can also lead to trouble. Ironically, while done in the quest to rid ourselves of germs, excessive hand washing can dry out the skin and cause it to crack and bleed, making skin infection much more likely.
Many of us choose unwisely when we’re in the soap aisle of the supermarket. We go for harsh soaps, such as deodorant or antibacterial soaps, that generate lots of lather and leave us feeling squeaky clean. Lathering from soap removes the oils from the surface of the skin and dries it out.
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