For many people, skin maintenance is a big deal. It’s the largest organ of your body. When something is wrong, it tends to show up on your skin. As you work on taking care from an internal perspective, there are ways you can handle flaky and dry skin from an external perspective. Consider implementing these four beauty tips to get started.
Hot water is extremely damaging to dry skin. In fact, it doesn’t matter the skin type you have. You shouldn’t use hot water to cleanse your skin. This is because hot water naturally strips your skin of the essential oils it needs in order to remain moisturized. In order to properly cleanse your skin of impurities, dirt and debris, use warm water. When you first turn the shower on, you can let the hot water run in order to build up steam. Steam is helpful for loosening up any dead skin cells. However, when you step into the shower, make sure you’re stepping into a shower of warm, not hot, water.
When you have dry skin, time is of the essence once you’ve stepped out of the shower. Knowing this, keep your moisturizer in the bathroom. As soon as you step out, use a towel to pat your skin until it’s damp. Then, add your choice of oils, butters and thick creams to lock in the moisture. If you have particularly dry and flaky skin, check out various atopic dermatitis resources in order to determine the best moisturizer to use.
It’s important to do a mix of chemical and mechanical exfoliation when you have dry skin. Chemical exfoliation for your body will typically involve liquid shower gels that contain AHAs and BHAs. Acids are ideal for chemical exfoliation. Mechanical exfoliation is helpful for your body as well. Dry brushing is effective. If you’re going to use a body scrub, consider an option with the tiniest granule possible. You don’t want to create microtears in the skin. Salt scrubs can work well. Make your own salt scrub with table salt, juice from a lemon or lime, and coconut oil.
Place the humidifier right next to your bed. As you sleep, the moisture will seep into your skin. Once you’ve showered, exfoliated and moisturized your body, turn on the humidifier as you head to bed. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll increase your chances of enjoying smooth, supple skin.
As you work to see progress in your skin, take pictures. When you take pictures, it can help you see how far you’ve come or if you need to try a different method. As time goes on, you’ll be able to cultivate a beauty routine that works perfectly for your skin type.