How to look after your dry skin

Glowing skin is a foundation of looking good. Dry skin can appear to be cracked and flaking, and it can feel tight, itchy and uncomfortable. It can show up as rough patches, and it is often worse in the colder months of the year. However, if you have dry skin, there are steps you can take to make your skin feel and look much better.

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Sometimes dry skin is genetic, and living in a cold, dry climate won’t help. The first step to eliminate dry skin is to look at your cleansing regime. If you are using harsh detergents or soap on your skin, you could be drying out your skin or even causing chemical reactions. Try to use gentle, natural products on your skin without strong perfumes and lots of synthetic ingredients.

Try to avoid very hot water on your face and long steaming showers; they may feel good, but they will also lead to dry skin. Really hot water removes the natural oils from your skin, and a lack of skin oils can also get worse with age. Too much showering and washing can even be detrimental to the skin, according to this report from The Guardian.

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Moisturiser is one of the most effective weapons against dry skin as it replenishes oils and helps lock in water. It is a good idea to moisturise skin while it’s still moist as this boosts the water retained in the skin and will help to combat its dryness. There are many moisturisers on the market, and finding the right one can be a matter of experimentation.

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm can be a tonic for dry skin. It should not be too difficult to find, but the easiest way would be to look for an online retailer such as, who can probably have it delivered to your door.

Other ways to care for your dry skin include wearing natural fibres such as silk or cotton that will breathe and not irritate the skin. Put a humidifier in your home to increase the moisture content of your immediate environment. Eat foods such as walnuts or oily fish containing high-quality fats to boost the oils in your skin. Drinking plenty of fresh water will also help moisturise from the inside.

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