Having dry skin is a very unpleasant feeling and can make you feel self-conscious. Extreme cases of dry skin will even cause itching and burning sensation, and the appearance of fish-like scaly skin. You would get wounds from the smallest scratches, and your skin will look dull and dusty.
The secret to dry skin is regular maintenance and adjusting your lifestyle for better, glowing skin. Here are some ways on how you can cure peeling skin.
Time Your Bath and Showers
Longer time in the bathtub or shower doesn’t moisturize your skin. Instead, it depletes your skin from its natural oil. The sufficient time to shower is 10 minutes, and the effective time to take a bath is up to 20 minutes. Longer than that, you will find your skin very dry and possibly cracked right after you towel yourself dry.
Avoid jamming to music during showers, because although it is fun, it might make you take longer to shower. Soaking in a warm bath should also be done as rarely as possible, as warm water makes your skin even drier than cold water.
Use Essential Oils for Moisture
Essential oils such as coconut oil and almond oil help with skin moisture, especially before you do a scrub or a deep cleanse. You can leave them overnight so that you’ll wake up with smooth skin, or you can mix them with sugar and make a homemade scrub. Not all oils are suitable for your skin. Tea-tree oil is popularly used to treat acne, but if used directly on the skin, it will intensely dry it out. Do your research first to make sure you use the right oil and test it on a small part of your skin to make sure you aren’t allergic.
Hydrate From The Inside
Hydrating your skin is key to preventing and curing dryness. You can hydrate it from the outside using lotions and oils, but you should also hydrate from the inside. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day will help your body stay hydrated and your skin will produce enough oils to moisture it. You can also eat plenty of hydrating foods such as avocado, cucumber, and aloe vera.
Use Body Lotion The Right Way
Body lotion should be used right after you take a shower or bath to lock in the moisture. It should also be re-applied a few times during the day, and especially before you go to bed at night. Massage the lotion into your skin before putting your clothes on and let it dry for 10 minutes to ensure that the formula has been absorbed into the skin. Using organic body lotions will have better results as they have no dangerous chemicals such as paraben, but might expire faster than you expect.