Dry skin, also called xerosis, is skin that lacks moisture in its outer layer. If left untreated, dry skin can crack and become infected. Keeping dry skin moisturized is important, but some store-bought treatments can be expensive or ineffective. This article explores important skin care tips for dry skin
Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is loaded with fatty acids (1). It helps hydrate the skin and seals moisture into the skin. It softens and smoothen skin too. Apply coconut oil right after taking a shower or before going to bed at night.
Use an Oatmeal Moisturizer
If you have dry, itchy, and sensitive skin, switch to an oatmeal moisturizer. Oatmeal moisturizers help soothe and calm irritated and inflamed skin (2). They also help protect the skin from UV rays and reduce redness.
Use Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory and skin-moisturizing properties. Applying aloe Vera gel to your face after toning will help soothe and nourish your skin. Massage the aloe Vera gel for 5 minutes in a circular motion. Wait for 10 minutes before applying a moisturizer. Aloe Vera-infused gloves and socks also help improve skin integrity and reduce dryness (3), (4), (5).
Apply Avocado Mask
Avocados are loaded with vitamin E, a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer (6), (7). Using an avocado face pack can also boost skin health and reduce dryness. Mash ½ an avocado, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon milk. Mix well and apply the mask to your face and neck. Wait for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. Do this two to three times a week.
Apply Hyaluronic Acid Serum
You can also keep your skin hydrated, plump, and luminous by using a hyaluronic acid serum. Dry skin is prone to look aged faster, especially because the sebaceous glands are not producing enough oils to keep your skin wrinkle-free and plump. Hyaluronic acid is known for its water-retaining capacity (8). You can use it (with or without glycerine) during the daytime before applying moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup.
Add Oils to Your Bath
Do you like to dip your tired body in a lukewarm water bath with bath salts? Then consider adding your favourite body oil to your bath the next time. That way, your skin will remain moisturized and hydrated. You also will be able to get rid of the dead skin much easily.
Dry and peeling skin can feel itchy and further irritating. An easy way to get rid of the flaky skin is to exfoliate it. Use a gentle scrub or chemical peels like mandelic acid to get rid of the top dead and dry skin layers. Here are a few good exfoliators for dry skin you can check.