In college I swam competitively and my skin was always so dry. Especially during the winter months when the heat was running all the time. I would literally rub vaseline on my skin and it would still peel and crack! Do you or someone in your family suffer from dry skin? Today I want to share 4 tips to help you relieve dry skin.
Our children also suffer from dry skin and in the winter I feel like all I ever do is rub lotion on them. If you follow Heart of Deborah you know I am passionate about finding safe products for our family to use. Did you know chemicals and toxins can be absorbed into your skin and bloodstream without you even knowing it? This is a big reason I carefully read ingredient labels and strive to find natural or organic beauty products. I’ve written posts about skincare before such as 4 tips for taking care of your baby’s sensitive skin. But today I want to focus on adult skin.
Relieve Dry Skin With These 4 Tips
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: I remember our pediatrician telling us to immediately put lotion on our daughter after her bath (she suffered from eczema). It’s true for adults too! Dermatologists recommend applying moisturizer a few minutes after you shower, wash your face or wash your hands. This helps to trap the existing moisture on your skin. My husband, Darryl, loves using OM4’s fortifying botanical serum because it provides hydration immediately without adding grease to his face. Darryl has more oily skin, but in the winter especially after shaving his face is dry. He loves the smell of this serum and the fact that it gently hydrates without causing unnecessary breakouts. Right now I’m using Burt’s Bees sensitive skin daily moisturizing cream and it’s been working great for me.
- Shave with Intention: Did you ever notice your dry skin is easily irritated after shaving? For men and women it is best to soften the hair before you shave, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. My husband found it works best to shave in the shower or right after a shower. I noticed the same thing when I shave my legs. It’s also important to find a shaving cream that won’t dry out your skin even more. Darryl loves his OM4 dry shave mask with hydration butter. It hydrates his skin while he shaves and it smells wonderful. Here are some more shaving tips and techniques for men. If I’m being honest I don’t like using the typical shaving creams marketed for women. They can be filled with nasty ingredients that may do more harm then help. I often use olive oil soap to shave instead.
- Consider lip balm: I’m addicted to lip balm in the winter. Cracked lips don’t look nice and they definitely don’t feel nice. Since my husband works in a hospital sometimes the air is very dry and he noticed his lips become dry as well. We recently discovered OM4 BaoBalm lip therapy and we won’t ever go back. I know this stuff is made for men, but I’ve been not so secretly using it as well. It smells amazing, it’s soft and it definitely moisturizes your lips.
- Be careful with exfoliating: The international dermal institute suggests exfoliating can actually help dry skin in the winter because once dead skin cells are gone you can treat the dry skin underneath. However, it is important to pick a gentle exfoliator. A harsh scrub may actually irritate dry skin even more. I personally love my konjac sponge because it gently exfoliates and cleanses without irritation or toxic chemicals.
What is your favorite product to help dry skin?
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