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Top ten skin care tips for dry skin

Updated on October 12, 2013

Keep it hydrated

Is your skin dry? Just like oily skin, dry skin can also pose various problems for you. The problem aggravates during winter and your skin feels flaky, scaly, pulled and rough. People with dry skin are more prone to wrinkles than people with oily skin. Special care should be taken to pamper your skin to retain its moisture and elasticity.

What are the drawbacks of dry skin?

  • It shows signs of early aging
  • You are more prone to wrinkles than oily skin.
  • Frequent peeling problem
  • However you might moisturize your skin you have the pulled feeling.

What should be done to handle dry skin? While oily skin has frequent break outs and pimples, dry skin does not suffer from such problems. But you are more prone to freckles and pigmentation. Your skin lacks the glow and shine to make it appear healthy.

Moisturizing is a must.

Moisturizing your skin should be your top priority if your skin is dry. Fresh cream is an excellent natural moisturizer. Boil fresh milk and refrigerate. Remove after eight hours and you will see a layer of cream over it. Gently remove it and apply it in your face and it is a good natural treatment for your flaky skin. You can also buy good nourishing cream and apply it generously all over your face. When you feel the moisturizer drying up reapply till you feel your skin soaked and well nourished.

Go slow on exfoliating

In your eagerness to remove the dead skin, you exfoliate your skin often only to make it feel even drier. You face feels pulled and cracked. You should be very gentle in handling your skin and you should not exfoliate frequently. Once a week would be more apt and that too with gentle and mild movements.

Fenugreek is very good.

Soak a tablespoon of fenugreek for two hours. Make a smooth paste and apply over your skin. It softens your skin effectively. Vitamin E oil is very good for dryness. Coconut oil is also excellent in giving glow to your face. Add a few drops of coconut oil and juice of one lemon to your bath to moisturize your whole body.

Take care of your feet.

Apply Vaseline on your feet in the night and wear socks to lock the moisture in. Wipe your feet after your bath and gently rub a good moisturizer over it. You should use creams particularly made for dry skin. It is no use if you buy some cream without knowing its properties, as oily skin needs specific creams while dry skin needs different type of creams.

No hot water for your bath

Do not bathe in very hot water as it makes your skin very dry. Let the water be warm and tepid. Do not use harsh bathing soaps as it robs your skin of the much needed moisture. A liquid cleanser or a mild soap will be more appropriate. Do not keep washing your face repetitively and make your skin lose its existing moisture.

Little attention to your hands

Special care should be taken to maintain your hands. Your hands are the most exposed area in your body after your face and easily prone to wrinkles and flakiness. Nothing looks bad than a wrinkled hand. So apply a heavy nourishing cream before going to sleep and a good moisturizer during the day. When your hands start feeling dry, reapply the moisturizer.

Winter care

Winter can dehydrate your already dry skin to flakiness. You should protect your body and skin during the winter by wearing appropriate clothes. Gloves, hat or scarves protect you from the bone freezing weather. Cover your face and do not venture out without apply moisturizer. Applying moisturizer to your wet skin helps it to retain softness much longer.

Zinc and vitamins are important.

Eating foods rich in zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin E helps you in maintaining your dry skin. Avocado, nuts, carrots, broccoli, fresh fruits, flax seed oil, fish oil are good for dry skin. Go slow in your cleansing and do not wash your face often as it further dries your skin and you experience a pulled feeling. The main trick in handling dry skin is that you should keep it hydrated by applying moisturizer daily.

Chapped lips

Your lips also need care. Chapped lips can be painful and a sore to the eyes. Use a lip balm which contains petroleum jelly. Vaseline is good for your lips also. Sustained care can make your skin feel relieved from the flakiness and tightness dry skin is prone to.

You have the great advantage of being fresh all the time as you do not sweat that much. You do not suffer from acne and pimples, but the greatest disadvantage is that you are more prone to wrinkles. Whatever your skin type might be, it is your persistent care that will bless you with a glowing complexion.

© 2013 mathira


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      sowjanya 3 years ago

      my problem is in body my hand elbow is dry and near the neck back and i want the solution

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      mathira 4 years ago from chennai

      Thank you mark for your suggestions.

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      mark 4 years ago

      do NOT use petroleum jelly on your face. your skin will get addicted and stop producing moisture. do not use lip balm that contains petroleum.

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Wow -- this is really a helpful Hub -- I have sandpaper skin and plan to use all your suggestions! Thank you. Best/Sis