Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thursday Thirteen #207

THIRTEEN TIPS
FOR BATTLING 
DRY SKIN

This time of year is brutal on my poor, pale skin and so I give this topic a lot of thought. Thanks to WebMD for this information.

1) Avoid hot showers. Hot water strips oils from the skin faster than warm water. Long showers or baths actually dry out your skin. Limit showers to 5- or 10-minutes in warm/not hot water.

2)  Use a gentle cleanser or shower gel with moisturizer. Instead of harsh cleansers, go for unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleansers.

3) Care for your skin immediately after your shower or bath. Pat your skin with a towel, leaving it damp. Apply a moisturizer within three to five minutes to lock in moisture.

4) Look for "ceramides" in your moisturizer ingredient list. Ceramides help the skin hold water and soothe dry skin. Synthetic ceramides may mimic the natural substances in the outermost layer of skin that help keep moisture in.

5) Dimethicone and glycerin are good, too. They draw water to skin and keep it there.

6) Lanolin, mineral oil and petroleum jelly help skin retain moisture, too.

7) Hyaluronic acid may sound harsh, but it's really helps dry skin because it helps it hold water. 

8) Hydrocortisone cream and cool compresses help relieve itching.

9) Apply sunscreen all year around, even in winter. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more that says "broad spectrum" on the label.

10) Use a humidifier at home to help keep skin hydrated during winter months when indoor air is dry.

11) Wear cotton. Wool, synthetics and other fabrics can be irritating.

12) Drink plenty of water. Hydrate from the inside out.

13) Eat omega-3 foods. Essential fatty acids can help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Foods rich in omega-3 include cold-water fish (salmon, halibut, sardines), flax, walnuts, and safflower oil.


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6 comments:

CountryDew said...

These are good tips. I have this problem, too. I have found the humidifier to be the most help, and on really low humidity days I boil water on the stove simply to add moisture to the air. It makes a big difference.

sandyland said...

very important post

Kimberly Menozzi said...

I keep trying to drink more water, but then there's the side effect of needing frequent "pit stops". LOL!

Worst of all - the dry spots I get are in the middle of my back, and I can't reach there to put lotion on them! Grrrr...!

Happy TT to you! :)

Karin said...

Ugh. I'm glad it's not just me. My skin has been so dry and itchy lately! Happy TT!

Adelle Laudan said...

Great tips! I found the best lotion for me is St.Ive's. I do like Aveeno, but the smell of it turns me off. Happy T13!

boliyou (I {heart} Rhody) said...

Great tips! So useful, especially this time of year.