Where Dry Skin Comes From And How To Get Rid Of It

Welcome back to our skincare blog! We discussed the causes of oily skin and how to get rid of it last month, and today we’re going to dive into taking care of dry skin! Dry skin has hit the best of us plenty of times, especially in the winter. But when dry skin is persistently plaguing you, you can often feel overwhelmed, self-conscious, and uncomfortable. Today, we’re thrilled to offer you some potential solutions for clearing up your dry skin and feeling like yourself again. Say goodbye to hoarding lotion everywhere! Though lotion is certainly one of the ways to help heal and soothe your dry, itchy skin, we’ll offer you some other alternatives to consider. On your journey to healthy skin care, the iderma® light-therapy device will help you. Read on to learn more about our youth-restoring masque, what causes dry skin, and tips for healing dry skin.

Where Does Dry Skin Come From?

Think about when you’re dehydrated: it’s uncomfortable, frustrating, and even dangerous. Skin dehydration can be compared to this. It’s uncomfortable, even painful at times. Though there’s no single cause, there are a lot of factors that can contribute to it.

  • Cold temperatures or low humidity. A major cause of dry skin, this is most frequent in certain environments or during the winter.
  • Overwashing with harsh soaps or overuse of sanitizer. Especially when done in excess, the ingredients in these, including alcohol, will dry out your skin.
  • Certain clothing. Some materials like wool or synthetic fibers can irritate your skin and worsen it if it’s already dry.
  • Certain medications. Though this isn’t overly common, some medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, and acne can contribute to dry skin.

How Can I Heal My Dry Skin?

A lot of these tips will be similar to what you read in our blog about taking care of your skin in the winter. If you’re dealing with dry skin throughout the whole year, we’ve added a few tips. You’ll want to do all of these things regularly to eliminate the discomfort you’re experiencing and to prevent it from coming back in the future.

Be Careful With Baths And Showers

You’d think showers and baths would be good, right? Most people hope all that water will sink into their skin and heal from the inside out. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. After you have been immersed in water and get out, the water evaporates quickly and leaves you with tight, itchy skin. One way you can prevent bathing from drying you out is by limiting your time to five or 10 minutes, as hard as it may be. Opt for warm water instead of hot, and make sure to close the bathroom door to try to keep the heat and humidity inside. Choose a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser, and don’t scrub too much with it; use it just enough to get the dirt and oil off your skin. Afterward, blot your skin gently with a towel instead of scrubbing roughly.

Apply Moisturizer Quickly

Your moisturizer will help to trap in all that moisture from your shower or bath. You’ll also want to moisturize immediately after washing your hands if you struggle with dry skin. Essentially, any time your skin gets wet, you’ll need to moisturize as soon afterward as you can. This is especially important if you’ve been swimming. Whether you swim daily or just once in awhile, that chlorine is going to wreak havoc on your skin. As soon as you get out of the pool, wash off with water and a mild soap. Follow that up with a moisturizer containing glycerin and you should be good to go.

Don’t forget that your lips want moisture also! Do so often, and look for a balm that doesn’t sting or irritate your lips after you apply it.

Use Ointment Or Cream

You’ll want to do this instead of using lotion because it’ll moisturize better and will be less irritating to your skin. Jojoba oil and olive oil are good ingredients to look for, and shea butter is a good option. Still look for glycerin as an ingredient.

Petroleum jelly is another good option that’s known for how gentle it is on skin. You can use it wherever you need to on your body! You could even lather up your hands or feet with it and then put gloves or socks on while you sleep. In the morning, your skin will be nice and hydrated.

Like we mentioned earlier, hand sanitizer will also dry your hands out drastically when you use it. Use a hydrating hand sanitizer instead.

Wear Gloves

You already know you can apply petroleum jelly and wear gloves overnight, but be sure to use them around the house as well. Dry skin is especially sensitive to products with fragrances and harsh cleaning supplies. Wear gloves when you’re cleaning, whether you’re using a dish soap or a harsh toilet cleaner. If it’s winter, you’ll also want to wear gloves every time you go outside.

Check Your Laundry Detergent

Clothing can be a contributing factor to your dry skin. Find a fragrance-free detergent and do your research on its ingredients. You’ll want to find one as mild and natural as you can. Look for one that’s labeled as hypoallergenic. This will help your clothes overall, but some clothing materials are bound to bother you regardless. If you’re wearing wool or another rough-feeling material, try wearing cotton or silk underneath.

Turn Up The Moisture

Remember how you should keep the door shut while you shower to retain the moisture? You’re going to want to get moisture in wherever you can! Get a humidifier and help the moisture get back into the air. You’ll definitely want one in your room while you sleep. This will help with dryness all over your body, including on your face.

Clean Often

Disgusting as it may be, dust mites can irritate and inflame your skin. Even worse? They’re common household guests. Vacuum your floors and carpets regularly, and wash your bedding at least once a week.

Fish Oil And Flaxseed

Here’s something you can put into your body instead of on it to help with your dry skin: fish oil and ground flaxseed. Both contain essential fatty acids that’ll hydrate your skin and keep it protected from the environment.

Use iderma’s Light-Therapy Device

With visible results in as few as four weeks, there’s no reason to delay. LED light skin care is a proven, effective way to improve your skin. Even better? It only takes eight minutes every other day for you to get its benefits. The iderma® light-therapy device uses red and infrared LED light therapy to go deep into your skin and stimulate collagen production and cell growth. Your dry skin will improve and give you that soft, supple skin you’ve been wanting. Dry skin effects people more and more as they age, but this youth-restoring masque is an effective treatment for aging skin and gives a new youthful glow to your skin.

Using an LED light treatment in combination with these other techniques will greatly improve your dry, itchy skin. Learn more about the iderma® light-therapy device, and order one today!