Let’s talk dry skin problems a.k.a living in New England problems. Because let’s face it, the struggle is real!
Dry skin is very common this time of the year in New England, and anywhere that shares a similar winter as ours.
We are all aware that during winter, dry skin gets much drier. But somehow, nothing we do seems to work. Why is that?
My dear friends have told me no lotion put on this blessed/beautiful Earth has helped them thus far. So here’s a post that might help you figure out other reasons you may still be having dry skin. This post is completely based on what Dermatologists have observed and highly believe could help.
During winter time, most of us enjoy a nice long shower. Because it’s the best thing ever after getting home from the freezing cold weather, am I right? The only problem is it’s terrible for your skin, causing it to be extra dry.
Try to avoid taking long showers to notice a difference in your skin. Shower for 5-10 minutes in warm, instead of hot water. Five to 10 minutes should be enough time to get cleaned. Also, avoid using harsh soaps. Using the right soap is CRUCIAL for better skin. Try using a mild- fragrance free soap that moisturizes as it cleanses. Bar or liquid is fine, as long as it is formulated specifically for dry skin.
Now, what do we do about the winter weather? Maybe move to Cali and call it a day? haha! If that’s not happening anytime soon for you either, try perhaps an easier/quicker solution. All you will need is a humidifier to keep the air at your house/apartment moist. If you can’t afford a humidifier, try adding warm water to a large bowl and keep it in your room before you go to bed (for a test trial). Notice the next morning how the water will have decreased significantly and the air you’ll be breathing will be much more pleasant. Once you see that it does work, keep that bowl full at all times so the air remains moist.
Use an ointment or cream, instead of a lotion! Ointments and cream are more effective and less irritating than lotion. Look for the ones that contains an oil such as jojoba oil or olive oil. Shea Butter also works well.
Here are other ingredients to look for that helps to soothe dry skin: lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
Lastly, try using only gentle, unscented skin care products. Avoid deodorant soaps and skin care products that contain these ingredients: alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).
By doing the above, you should see improvement in your skin fairly quickly. If not, I highly suggest seeing a dermatologist as he/she can prescribe you an ointment or cream that’s right for you!
I hope this was super helpful to you and most importantly, that it works!! =)
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