Some people are much more susceptible to dry skin than others, but we all experience it from time to time. What can be done to alleviate this common ailment? Here are 5 simple and healthy ways to combat skin dryness.
1. Be mindful when showering
For some people, it’s tempting to want to lather up – and stay lathered – for a long period of time. There are even people who lather up multiple times. But even if you’re using a soap that’s made for sensitive skin, too much later will dry your skin out.
Water temperature is another thing to pay close attention to. It’s common for people to want to take a very hot shower. It’s soothing and warming, especially when the weather is cold outside. But this prolonged exposure to hot water can also have a drying effect on the skin. Try reducing the temperature a few degrees if you’ve been having problems with dry skin. Limiting your shower time to a maximum of 10 minutes can also make a difference. People who take very long showers tend to have dryer skin.
2. Use moisturizer
What kind of moisturizer you use depends on your personal preference, but dermatologists often recommend creams or ointments instead of lotions. Effective ingredients for combating dry skin include olive oil, shea butter, lactic acid, mineral oil, petrolatum, and many others. Moisturizers that are free of fragrances and other skin irritants are best.
3. Use a humidifier
If the air is dry where you live, using a humidifier in your home can help alleviate dry skin. It’s important to use humidifiers in a controlled way, however, rather than over-using them. Too much humidity in the air can cause other skin problems, and can also be damaging to your home.
4. Apply lip balm
The lips are very susceptible to dryness, and sometimes people don’t even notice how dry their lips are. Regularly using a high quality lip balm can make a huge difference.
5. Ask your urgent care center for advice
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from chronic dry skin, and you can’t seem to find a solution despite trying the other items on this list, you might want to seek the help of a qualified medical professional. A dermatologist is obviously the specialist you’ll want to see in order to find out if you have a specific skin condition that’s causing chronic dry skin – but it can take weeks or even months to be seen by a specialist, depending on where you live. Urgent care is a great alternative because you can walk right in without an appointment, and it usually only takes a few minutes to be called back for your consultation. The best urgent care centers are staffed by highly experienced doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants.
Dry skin can be frustrating, especially if your attempts to alleviate the problem aren’t really working. In the vast majority of cases, however, following the simple tips in this blog post will make a big difference in keeping the skin properly moisturized throughout the year. If your dry skin persists, a qualified medical professional will be able to provide you with a more accurate picture of the problem – and what you can do to solve it.