How to cure dry skin
For many of us the change of seasons can mean dry, itchy skin. As fall, weather moves in the temperatures drop and the air loses its moisture. This loss of moisture can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. Fortunately, by following a few simple steps your skin can retain its moisture.
Hydrate from Within
Remember the adage beauty comes from within? Be sure to drink plenty of water every day. A general suggestion is eight glasses a day. However, let your thirst be your guide.
Moisturize all day long
Apply moisturizer to your entire body in the morning and again at night. Pay special attention to your trouble areas like the elbows and knees.
Eat foods rich in Essential Fatty Acids, especially omega-3’s. These foods help restore and maintain the skin’s natural moisture. Great options include nuts, olive oil, flax seeds, and wheat germ oil.
Limit bathing or showering to once a day. Aim for no more than ten minutes in either and swap hot water for warm. Exposure to hot water for prolonged amounts of time removes your skin’s natural oils, which lock moisture in. Also, be sure to choose a cleanser that is gentle on your skin.
If your skin is already peeling then the answer is exfoliating. Summer tanning often leaves layers of dead skin behind. Exfoliating during your next bath or shower will remove these layers to reveal beautiful, healthy skin.
Change the Environment
If you do not already have one then it is time to invest in a humidifier. Place on in the room in which your family spends the majority of the day. No amount of moisturizing is going to help if your environment is sapping the moisture from your skin.