Dry skin can be a real problem if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Dry skin cracks easily and it can be caused by a few different reasons; most of which are environmental. If you’re noticing that you’re getting dry skin then here are some of my favorite tips for dry skin.

Don’t Sit in the Bath

It sounds counterproductive but you need to avoid spending too long in the bath or the shower. You need to avoid using hot water in the bath and shower as well. If water is too warm then it dries out the natural oils ( sebum) on the skin which prevents your skin from keeping itself moist. I also recommend using gentle soaps to prevent moisture from being stripped away from the skin. And by the way avoid clay mask as it is too drying.

Post-Bath

After you get out of the bath or shower you should avoid rubbing yourself dry with a towel. You should pat dry away any excess water instead to ensure your skin stays soft. This also reduces skin irritation risk. You should moisturise when you get out of the bath. Instead of moisturising you a skin moisturiser helps your skin retain any moisture it has. This means that using it after a bath, when your body is nice and wet, is a smart idea.

Avoid Anti-Aging

If you suffer from dry skin then you need to avoid using anti-aging products. If you insist on using them then you need to buy ones that don’t contain retinoid or AHAs. Avoid also ascorbic acid and use instead derivatives. These are the 3 main ingredients in anti-aging products that are bad for dry skin. They can irritate it and make the problem worse.

Fish Oil

Taking supplements and eating a balanced diet has an effect on the entire body, including your skin. Some of the fish oils that are good for skin are best taken as a pill or supplement. Cod liver oil in particular is known to be great for the skin. This is due to the omega-3 fatty acids in cod liver oil. So eat more fish with omega-3 or take some supplements keep your skin healthy.

Don’t Forget the Lips

Your lips are particularly prone to chapping so be sure to use a lib scrub to keep your lips nourished and healthy. You can mix together your own scrub using sugar and lemon if you would like to save money and go all-natural. Don’t forget to apply lip balm once every few hours to prevent your lips from cracking. You should also take steps to protect your lip from damage caused by dust, pollution and the wind.

The good news about having dry skin is that it’s entirely treatable and it doesn’t even take a lot of effort. Just avoid lingering in the bath, choose the right time to moisturise, avoid harmful beauty products, get some healthy oils, and don’t forget your lips. Pretty soon you’ll be well on your way to ever having to deal with dry skin again.