Drinking More Water Won't Fix Dry Skin February 23 2014, 0 Comments
Keeping your skin regularly hydrated and moisturized is the key to healthy, young-looking skin. However, hydrating your skin is not the same as hydrating your body and drinking water will not do the trick when it comes to helping your skin hold in moisture. Skin loses moisture mostly due to external forces through the upper layers of skin. The sun, wind, and other irritants both natural and chemical, dry out skin daily. Skin needs a barrier from the elements in order to retain the water it needs.
To avoid dry skin, you should:
- Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers
- Avoid products with irritating ingredients such as alcohol, peppermint, menthol, mint, citrus, eucalyptus, and fragrances
- Limit exposure to hot water
- Avoid abrasive scrubs that can damage skin
- Use sunblock all year round! All types of skin need to be protected from the sun throughout the year despite the temperature.
- Moisturize daily. Use a moisturizer that contains antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients and don’t forget lip balm for your lips.
- Use products that contain pure plant oils such as olive oil or jojoba seed oil for extremely dry skin.
- Exfoliate regularly in order to remove old skin cells and allow newer smoother ones to replace them.
All of these things can help your skin to retain its moisture levels. Doing these things will help you to keep beautiful, young looking skin. If you are doing everything you can and you still need help keeping healthy skin, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. If you keep them posted about your regular routine, they may be able to point out what is and isn’t working for your skin.