Since I claim my skin type is "oily skin" and "acne prone" in every other product review, me writing about dry skin might seem a little odd, but I have quite the mad skin - oily-combination skin for the face and crazy dry skin everywhere else! In fact, that's how I started using Lush products - nothing else worked for my dry skin. A bit wiser now, I thought I would list what I learned on dealing with dry skin.
The main reasons for dry skin (specifically for me, others could have a million other reasons):
- Love taking long hot water baths.
- The tap water supplied is hard water.
Some things that work for me, and I think would work just as easily for most other people:
- Avoid hot water baths - but I cannot do that - so try to at least avoid long baths :)
- Before a bath, give your skin a deep conditioning treatment like you would do for your hair - lightly heat up an oil like coconut oil/olive oil/sesame oil and massage into skin - wait for at least 20-30 minutes before washing off.
- Use milder soaps - ideally just use glycerin-based soaps or soaps that use natural ingredients. Read the labels - the oils and other good stuff should be at the top of the list and not a part of "key ingredients." There is no point buying an overpriced soap if the "extracts and oils" add up to less than 10% of the total ingredients. It doesn't need a lot of brainpower or money - just pick up the transparent looking soaps even if you are shopping at the drugstore :)
- Avoid soap-based cleansers and opt for cleansers such as gram flour or powdered moong dal. This is not something I follow, but I have seen it recommended by doctors for a lot of people with dry skin problems. Kama makes one - I bought and haven't tried it :|
- Once a week, use an oil-based scrub or a gentle gramflour/dal based scrub to exfoliate the skin and remove any dry flaky skin. Follow with a generous rich moisturizer. At least in India, there are a lot of brands that make ubtans (herbal cleanser/scrubs), that are gentle enough to work great for dry/sensitive skins.
|Kama Ayurveda Ubtan - bought|
but haven't tried yet :P
|Try a DIY oil-sugar-coffee scrub :D|
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize - a good moisturizer (again, read labels) applied immediately after patting the skin dry with a soft towel - applying the moisturizer while the skin is still damp helps seal in the moisture present in the skin as well as helps the moisturizer spread better :) If you aren't stepping out of the house and don't mind the smell, a light oil like the TBS Monoi Miracle also works great. If you use an oil-based scrub, you can skip the moisturizer part :D
|I prefer using a heavier body butter like|
the ones from TBS or the trusty Nivea
cream for the winters (and for my hands
and feet all through the year).
For summers, a lighter lotions would work :)
|TBS Monoi Miracle Oil|
- A healthy diet helps fight dry skin from inside out. Include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts like almonds and walnuts, olives/olive oil, and fish (if you are the fish-eating kinds :P - but my granny gets skin inflammation with eating fish, so I suppose with diet at least there is no generalization) to help keep the skin healthy.
- A brisk 30-minute walk a day apart from the very obvious benefit of keeping you thin also helps keep the skin healthy because of the increased blood circulation - I preach but am terribly lazy with doing it, might as well confess before the finger-pointing and snickering starts.
- I find it helps to use cotton clothes rather than synthetic materials - keeps the skin less irritated.
So these were some things I found useful in solving my dry skin problem...do you have any helpful ideas?
I found a very useful comment from a blogger in one of my DIY trial/failure articles - an easy way to get the benefits of oats without the messy cleanup: