Dry skin can be itchy and flaky. Excessive dryness can increase your risk of wrinkles as time goes by. Here are the 5 best ways to get rid of too dry skin. You can try one or all of them. They are all safe and natural.
Drink More Water
Water is the skin's natural moisturizer but there are no blood vessels in the skin's outer layers. It gets moisture from the air and through osmosis from the deeper skin layers. It can lose moisture quickly, especially if the air is dry.
You should be drinking at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water every day. It is not a good idea to rely on thirst to tell you when to drink. Get in the habit of keeping a bottle of water with you and sipping from it throughout the day. Mild dehydration precedes thirst and one of the symptoms of mild dehydration is dry skin.
Use a Humidifier
In the wintertime, it is a good idea to use a humidifier in your home. Humidifiers help to keep the air moist. Dry skin is more common in the wintertime because of the low relative humidity. The cold air outside combined with the warm air inside leads to dry air and dry skin.
Take Fish Oil
Fish oil contains essential fatty acids that are a component of the skin's sebum. Sebum works to hold moisture inside of the skin's cells. One of the symptoms of fatty acid deficiency is dry skin. Fish oil has been shown in several studies to improve the skin's moisture content.
Avoid Using Cleansers
Cleansers strip away sebum and cause dryness because of the ingredients they contain. Unless you are removing dirt, it is not necessary to use a cleanser, especially on your face. Warm water and a soft cloth will do the job.
When you do need a facial cleanser, choose a gentle one containing manuka honey and kiwifruit extract. The ingredients keep your face clean but do not cause excessive dryness.
Use a Good Moisturizer
Most of the moisturizers on the market are junk. They contain nasty ingredients that do not really work. Petrolatum and mineral oil are the main ingredients in most moisturizers. They don't work because they are not compatible with the skin's sebum. They can actually cause dryness if used on a regular basis.
There are excellent ingredients that really do moisturize the skin. Most manufacturers don't choose to use those ingredients because they are more expensive.
Grape seed oil is an example of a good ingredient. It has a dual moisturizing effect. It dries to a lightweight film that helps to lock moisture into the skin's cells. It's best to use it right after you shower. Babassu oil is another excellent moisturizer.
Xtend-TK is a proprietary formula that has proven to be an effective moisturizer and even improves your skin's ability to retain moisture. You can find grape seed oil, Babassu oil and Xtend-TK, along with antioxidants and other active ingredients, in some of the best anti-aging moisturizers.