Whether you have dry skin year-round or you get dry skin when the temperature changes, dry, flaky, or irritated skin is a challenge many of us face. In this guide, we will take you through the causes of dry skin, ingredients to avoid, ingredients to embrace, and end with a four-step body care routine that's perfect for taking care of your dry skin.
Many factors commonly lead to dry skin. The weather has a massive role in dry skin. We often notice a change in our skin as the seasons change and the air gets drier. As the weather gets colder, we often turn on the heat, which can further dry the air and exacerbate dry skin issues.
Hot showers and baths can also lead to dry skin. And according to the Mayo Clinic, harsh soaps and detergents are also a common culprit. So lathering up with the wrong body wash in the shower can strip your skin of its natural oils. If you don't replenish them, it's a recipe for dry skin issues.
It's also helpful to know which skincare ingredients play a part in causing dry skin. A few ingredients to look out for:
Now that we've covered the ingredients to avoid, let's go over some ingredients to look for:
Many people overlook the importance of exfoliation in caring for dry skin. Exfoliation creates the perfect canvas for your moisturizer to work. Your first step is to exfoliate using a gentle exfoliate that won't irritate your skin. Exfoliants remove dry and dead skin so you can treat and moisturize the healthy skin below. We recommend avoiding harsher exfoliants such as salt and walnut shells. Walnut shells can aggravate and damage already sensitive skin. Stick to gentle exfoliants such as sugar and oatmeal. Our body scrubs contain sugar, which dissolves in water, gently polishes away dead skin cells without irritating your healthy skin underneath.
What you cleanse with is a key component of preventing dry skin. Using a natural bar soap that has retained its glycerin can help wash away dirt and grime without drying out your skin. If you are looking for body wash, avoid one that contains harsh chemical detergents such as sulfates and look for one that contains naturally saponified vegetable fats, glycerin, and aloe vera. Our hand-crafted bar soaps and body washes are perfect for cleansing your skin without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
After cleansing your skin, it's vital to lock in moisture to prevent your skin from drying out. If you have dry skin already, we recommend using a body butter or body oil without water in the formula to seal in moisture after showering or bathing. Body butter and oil may take a little longer to soak in, but they will be worth it in terms of treating your skin and maintaining moisture. Our body butter is the perfect option to moisturize your skin during the dry winter months or all year round.
Make sure to give extra dry patches extra love by spot treating them. Rubbing in a moisturizer such as our Naked Skin Cream on elbows, knees, the backs of your hands, and your feet can mean the difference between dry, cracked skin and healthy glowing skin. You can even use some Nourish Night Balm if you need some extra healing power.
We hope you can prevent drying and have healthy, glowing skin all year round by following this four-step routine.
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