If you find yourself in the category of individuals affected by overly dry skin but don’t want to rely on constant topical applications that aren’t working—you can try some of these tips to help alleviate your dry skin symptoms at the source.
- Be sure you are using your moisturizer properly. Check the bottle and ensure it is free of dyes or perfumes and that you are applying it at the right time—like when your skin has been dried out due to your environment (i.e. dry weather, after washing your hands, or after a shower). Throughout the day, reapply your moisturizer as needed.
- Minimize the super-hot showers. Long hot showers can and will dry out the skin. To avoid worsening your dry skin shorten your showers or reduce the heat. Another consideration is the “hardness” of your water. Hard water can be heavy in minerals that can contribute drier skin.
- Up your Omega-3 fatty acids intake. Your body requires a certain amount of nutrition to maintain proper health. Foods like salmon, walnuts, and avocados are excellent sources of Omega-3s. Omega-3s are “good fats” and they help to contribute to the natural lipids within your body that keep your cells hydrated. Top it off with some water to ensure you are fully hydrated and well-nourished.
- Check the humidity. For those of us living in Florida, humidity has a heavy presence here and while it doesn’t dry out our skin, the source of your issue may actually be quite closer to home. Depending on how you run your home’s AC system, the humidity levels may have the air drier in your home than desirable for your skin. If you have a programmable thermostat that allows you to control the humidity level, set it around 46%.
If all efforts you are taking are still not enough, there may be more to your problem that requires the skill of an esthetician. Schedule a consultation with us to perform a skin analysis and help you to formulate a skin care routine to help reduce or eliminate the severe dry skin you are suffering from.