I know everyone is sick of this weather for so many reasons, but is your itchy dry skin one of them? Are you moisturizing twice a day and STILL dry? There are several things that you could be doing to rid yourself of your dry skin:
~Exfoliate weekly 1-2x’s per week. Dead skin CANNOT be hydrated skin so why are you wasting your moisturizer on cells that can’t be saved? Purge the dead cells once or twice a week. An enzyme is a great, non-abrasive way to exfoliate the skin. I love Rhonda Allison’s Derma Peel.
~Avoid washing your face (or body) with hot water. Yes, it feels amazing but the itchy, dry results last much longer.
~Swap out your gel or foam based cleanser for a cream cleanser. If you have acne or oily skin this sounds CRAZY but switching out that cleanser even a few times a week can be beneficial. There are also some great cleansers on the market that can focus on both. Such as Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic cleanser. It is a cream base with glycolic acid that still helps with blemishes and anti-aging all at the same time.
~Keep a bottle of your body moisturizer near your shower. When you are done showering, pat dry your skin and apply your moisturizer while you are still damp. This way you are trapping the water molecules and not allowing it to leave when you dry off and the water that remains acts as a carrier to take the moisturizer deeper into the skin… WIN WIN.
~Use a serum to hydrate the face UNDER your moisturizer. This is not only a great opportunity to get moisture into your skin but also all of those goodies like Vitamin C, Retinol, and Antioxidants, (the list can go on and on). Boost hydration with a Hyaluronic acid based serum. Hyaluronic acid is a very powerful hydrator. It carries 1,000 times its weight in water into the skin!
~Look at your moisturizers ingredient list…….here are some of my fav’s.
-Hyaluronic acid (love it so much I gotta say it twice)
-Essential Fatty Acids