5 Tips for dealing with dry skin!

Fall is right around the corner and while that means fun things like Pumpkin Spice latte’s (still trying to understand what the whole hype is about), it also means colder air and indoor heaters. As many of you know, I suffer from extremely dry and sensitive skin, having even been told by various doctors that I have neurodermitis (a type of eczema that affects babies and 1% of the adult population). If you’re one of the lucky 1%, then you’ve experienced the dry skin and the itching that comes with it. Well, I have 5 tips on how to deal with it!

1- Warm, not hot! If you’re anything like me, you love a good, steaming hot-almost-cannot-stand-it-shower. Ad if you have dry skin, you’re making things worse. Very hot water will dry out your skin even more, which on the long run will make it even worse. Try take shorter showers with warm water, instead of hot. Because let’s be honest here, no one needs to boil for 20min in the shower – everyone knows the cleaning takes 5min and the extra 15 are meditating time!

2- Tapping instead of rubbing! I also have to remind myself not to rub my when I get off of the shower. While it is easier and quicker to get dry, it also damages the first layer of skin making it even more dry and sensitive. Instead, try tapping your skin with the fluffiest towel you can find. Or, if you have the time, just wear a robe right out of the shower! It will absorb the extra water leaving you dry, without drying out your precious skin!

3- Moisture, Moisture Moisture! (If you’ve been following the blog, you know how much I HATE the word “moisture”). While lotions are quicker to sink into your skin, they’re also not as moisturizing as creams. If you do not want to spend the time in the morning, moisturize in the evening right before bed! Choose a cream specific for dry and sensitive skin – you won’t find a whole lot of variety when it comes to smell, but you’ll end up having beautiful skin!

4- Step away from the heater! As the weather gets cooler, we start turning on the heaters. I know it is amazing to sit next to a fire-place or to a warm heater, but it actually does more damage than good to your skin! Just like the hot water, it draws out the moisture from your skin. While it is nearly impossible to control it at the office, you can do so at home. Try putting on a blanket or some fuzzy socks if you are cold!

5- Water up! It doesn’t matter how much moisturizer you slap on your face or how much oil you put in your hair: if you are not drinking enough water, your skin will keep being dry. Period. Our bodies are 75% made out of water and more often than not, we can help dry skin by simply drinking liquids. “But Rosie, I drink like 5 coffees a day!” Sure, coffee is a liquid, but it also dehydrates you! Water and tea are the best things to drink if you want to feed your body with moisture! 

I hope you guys likes this post! Let me know what you think about it!

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