I love this season. But man the winter itch (so to speak ) doesn’t entirely top my favourite list. Yes I’m talking about dry skin.. and in today’s blog I’m going to help how to relieve you off it and fast!
Now start with remembering and following this: Warm? Absolutely Yes! Hot? Absolutely No! No doubt a steamy shower always feels absolutely amazing but it’s also true that hot water on your dry skin is not a good idea. The main issue lies in that the hot water strips your body of its natural oil barricade, one which you indeed need to help trap all the moisture which keeps your skin soft and smooth. So bring down the temperature and don’t linger in there for too more than required. I have always recommended quick, short, warm showers or one that last no longer than 10 minutes. Always remember that patting dry your body for not more than 20 seconds and applying good quality moisturiser on is a really great way to keep your body moisturised. You may also want to try washing with a cleaner that has no soap content in it. Gentle soaps are a great option especially those which are free of fragrances. Products which contain deodorant or anti-bacterial additives can prove to be harsh on the skin. Go easy on toners, peels, and any other astringents which may have alcohol in them, as such products tend to dry the skin. Don’t scrub too much or too hard while exfoliating as it would irritate the skin. Another factor that contributes to dry skin, wrinkles, and roughness is sun damage. So prevent your skin from that type of damage by always wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun-screen all year around, even on cloudy days. Prevention of dry, chapped lips in winter especially, can be altered with the use of a lip balm with SPF 15 sunscreen in it, and do cover your lips with a scarf in order to minimise the contact of harsh winter breeze with the lips.
There are certain rules to moisturising as well which should not be ignored, as moisturising really is the most important way to deal with dry skin. Moisturise your hands after every time you wash them so that the evaporating water doesn’t draw any moisture from your already dry skin. Petroleum jelly always makes a great moisturiser, use it and you’ll know what I am talking about. If you have personal preference for rich moisturiser, tend to look for one with Shea Butter.
Hope this would cover it up and help you all.
Have a good day!
Redah Misbah Qureshi
Depilex – Beauty Clinic & Institute