Dry patches on one’s skin can a difficult thing to deal with simply because of the discomfort. This isn’t even factoring in that sufficiently dry patches can become an obvious impairment to one’s appearance when they are very evident. The matter is made even worse in that sufficiently dry skin can lead to permanent damage eventually. All of these factors combine to make it a good idea to do your best to try to treat dry skin before it becomes a problem and to get it back under control if it already getting bad. Fortunately, treating dry skin isn’t the hardest skincare task in the world. In fact, it simply comes down to knowing when to time the use of particular products and how to make the most of them. Altering a few habits can also go a long way towards ensuring that your skin will be back to normal as quickly as possible. Let’s review some of your best options for treating dry skin to prevent it from being a true problem for you.
Watch the Temperature
Most of us take a shower or bath once or twice a day as well as cleanse our skin. This involves using water in the process. There’s no denying that hot water feels good. It can be one of the most relaxing feels in the world after a long, cold day and feels cleansing when it comes to removing the grime of the day. Unfortunately, hot water isn’t the best choice you could be making when it comes to taking good care of your skin. Hot water is a good way to overwhelm it and dry it out. It may seem counter-intuitive that water could dehydrate your skin, but it isn’t a direct effect. The hot water is actually thoroughly stripping your skin of its natural oils. These help form your skin’s moisture barrier that helps it stay properly hydrated despite things like the sun and other issues working to dry out your skin. You don’t need to sacrifice a comfortable shower, but you should consider turning the heat down to simply being warm to prevent issues.
Timing Is Everything
An important point of treating dry skin patches is knowing when to moisturize. After your warm shower, you’re going to want to moisturize dry patches within five to ten minutes. This is because you’re trying to trap remaining excess moisture into your skin. As we highlighted before, hot water strips your natural oils thoroughly. A moisturizer augments them instead. Applying a moisturizer soon after you’ve gotten out of the shower helps your skin to trap more moisture next to it. This works wonders when it comes to helping to recover from dry patches. That extra moisture helps to further cushion the area and make it less likely that outside circumstances will contribute to drying your skin out further. Be careful to select an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type though to avoid adding any extra skincare issues to your list. People who have a dry skin type will want thick, oil-based creams while those with oily skin will want to favor lighter options like lotions instead.
Before you ask, yes, this is a necessary part of helping to treat dry skin patches. The sun is typically a major contributor to the problem. Exposure to the sun wears on both your natural moisture barrier and any other products that you have in place to help protect it. It is a simple fact of life. Moisturizers are relatively good when it comes to dealing with temporary exposure, but without genuine sun protection included in their formula they can’t last too long on their own. Protecting your skin from the sun helps to prevent various kinds of sun damage as well that can all contribute to creating dry skin patches. Treat sunscreen as your final layer and remember to apply it to the area regularly before you go out. This is the best way to prevent the sun from contributing to the problem any further. Between this and the other tips your skin should be able to repair itself easily enough given a week or two.
These tips for dealing with dry skin patches are all based around the assumption that they are normal patches of dry skin. There are some skin conditions that can manifest patches of dry skin though. That makes it important to talk to your dermatologist if a patch proves to be particularly lasting. A dermatologist will be able to help you identify any skin conditions and move forward with appropriate treatment. Fortunately, these problems aren’t the most common and most people using these tips should see their skin return to normal relatively quickly.