Tempted as you may be to run to the dermatologist for some relief, the answers may be closer than you realize. Hot showers, thoroughly scrubbing your body, harsh weather, diet, skin conditions etc are some of the culprits why your skin may be dehydrated. This dull appearance is an indicator that your body is lacking in moisture because oil production in your skin is not enough to keep up with the demand.
Given that there are tons of products you can buy, the truth is they are laced with preservatives, alcohol and fragrances which may cause irritation or allergic reactions. Why risk it when you have everything you already need?
Here are some of the ways you can pump back moisture into your skin. ESTHER MUCHENE
- Drink water
There is no stressing the importance of drinking water and why we are all recommended to take at least 8 glasses of water a day. To reap the benefits you must hydrate from the inside. Give your body what it needs and it will reward you. Not only will your skin look brighter, but younger and rich.
- Skip hot showers
Like mentioned, hot showers are too harsh for your body and tend to strip off your natural oils. No matter how cold it may be outside, a lukewarm shower with an all-natural soap is the way to go. And do not take more 15 minutes in the shower. When done, do not use too much force when drying your body but instead pat yourself down with a soft fiber towel.
The best time to moisturize is straight from the shower when your body is still wet. The purpose is to lock in the moisture before it dries up. Make sure every party of your body receives the same love. You can opt for natural oils or other inexpensive products such as petroleum jelly to trap your skin’s moisture. You may want to use it sparingly though.
- Get the right soap
Get the right soap for the right job. Soaps that have fragrances tend to be drying to the skin. These perfumes act as irritants and may strip your body of its oils. An all-natural soap or body wash are more gentle and effective.
- Use milk
If you happen to get itchy, tight and experience some peeling, get milk and soak a cotton ball in it. Place it in the affected area and leave for a few minutes. Milk will give you a soothing effect due to the lactic acid and the anti-inflammatory properties which take the itchiness away.
- Protect your skin
Depending on which part of the world you’re in, it is important to dress accordingly. During cold weather always have your hands covered to avoid chapping and dryness. In hot weather, sun screen made of natural ingredients, a natural oil and loose fitting clothes should the trick. Avoid clothes that are too tight which will cause rubbing and friction resulting in dry scaly skin.
- Aloe vera
Moisturizers come in all manner however aloe vera is the mother of them all. For quick relief and instant results, aloe vera works by alleviating redness and dryness that comes from dehydration. Aloe vera is also believed to have properties that offer sunburn relief.
- Fruit enzyme cleansers
Alpha-hydroxy acid is an organic chemical compound found in milk and fruits like sugarcane. A key ingredient in many beauty and cosmetic products, it is used to handle various skin problems like clogged pores, acne, dryness etc with ease. Whether pineapple, papaya or a pumpkin enzyme, these will gently exfoliate your dull dead skin cells leaving a much brighter and moisturized canvas.