Did you know the skin is the body’s largest organ? It is a living, breathing thing that needs plenty of TLC. And what it wants most – besides protection in the form of sunscreen – is a long drink of moisture.
Dry skin is a difficult, annoying and sometimes unsightly problem to have. With a little know-how and some preventive care, you can make sure your skin is getting all the protection and love it needs to be at its best all winter long.
Always be Gentle
Most bar soaps contain chemicals that are harsh on the skin. Repeated use of these soaps can leave skin parched. Try switching to a specially formulated soap to give your skin the soaking it needs. Bathing with a gentle body wash or creamy liquid soap, cleans as well as regular soap, yet is as gentle on skin as water.
Although you may love nothing more than a hot shower, know this: The hotter the shower or bath, the worse it is for the skin. Heat strips skin of its natural oils, causing it to dry up faster. Instead, take a warm shower and try to cut down on the in-shower time.
Exfoliating the skin is key. By removing all dead and dry skin cells, your entire body will appear healthier and more radiant. The perfect time to exfoliate is before you bathe. Try a natural body brush and, starting from the feet, work all the way up to the neck. In the shower, you can use a bath mitt to gently buff with a combination of natural sea salt and olive oil.
For facial exfoliation, beware of anything too harsh or gritty as it will be irritating, especially for those with sensitive skin. Try Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub – exfoliates, deep cleans and detoxifies to reveal bright, smooth skin.
Dermatologists say that the best time to apply moisturizer is immediately following a bath or shower. Pat skin dry rather than rubbing it, and leave a little water on the skin. Lock in the moisture by applying body lotion, like Olay Quench Daily Lotion, to still-damp skin.
For rough areas that often get overworked, like hands and feet, generously apply a rich hand and/or foot cream, then slip on a pair of gloves or socks to allow the product to fully saturate the skin. Try using natural oils like coconut, avocado or sweet almond – these sink directly into the skin for ultimate moisture. Also, look for options that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids, as they help remove dead skin cells.
When shopping for facial moisturizers, keep in mind that for normal or oily skin, a water-based product is a good bet. For dry or aging skin, look for oil-based moisturizers. For those with easily irritated skin, look for non-greasy and lightweight products, like Olay Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Face Lotion.