If dry and irritated skin plagues you, you don’t need to constantly spend a fortune on creams and lotions to fix the problem. Instead, there’s plenty you can do to stop it becoming an issue in the first place. This article sets out seven ways of keeping your skin naturally moisturized, healthy, and looking great.
Few people are blessed with perfect skin. One of the most common problems is excessive dryness, and while any number of remedies from green tea to oatmeal baths are promoted online, prevention is always better than cure. Here are seven ways to keep your skin supple, healthy, and naturally moisturized.
1) Eat More Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of a well-balanced diet, playing an important role in keeping the heart, joints, and nervous system healthy. However, they also work hard to keep your skin more supple and better able to retain moisture. Omega-3 can be found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, as well as in walnuts and flaxseed, or you can also buy supplements at any health store.
2) Eat More Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds, which help to prevent and repair skin damage at the cellular level, along with providing many other health benefits. The most well-known antioxidants are vitamins C and A, both of which can be found in most fresh fruit and vegetables.
However, one of the best antioxidants for skin is lycopene, which is abundant in tomatoes. Lycopene not only protects against dryness caused by sun damage but also helps skin stay moisturized by preventing the breakdown of collagen.
3) Stay Hydrated
It may seem obvious, but staying properly hydrated is key for preventing dry skin. The problem is that, by the time you notice the effects of dehydration, much of the damage is already done. Make sure to drink plenty of water even if you’re not feeling particularly thirsty and also include occasional fresh fruit juices, which back up their hydrating effects with vitamins and antioxidants to boost overall skin health.
4) Change Your Shower Habits
You may think that a long, hot shower is a great way to stop your skin from drying out, but the opposite is true. The slight scalding effect of hot water tightens your skin while also reducing levels of natural oils. Both of these effects will lead to dry and flaky skin.
To prevent this, turn down the temperature dial a little and keep your daily shower as brief as possible. Also, leave your bathroom door, and windows closed, so the air stays humid. Then, dab yourself dry rather than rubbing vigorously. Finally, apply moisturizer as soon as you can afterward.
5) Use Milder Soaps and Cosmetics
Many soaps and cosmetic products are promoted as being good for the skin, increasing moisture retention and suppleness. Whether this is true or not, the fact is that many people have more sensitive skin than they realize; ordinary soaps can cause dryness through a mild allergic reaction. Try switching to a hypoallergenic brand to see if this makes a difference for you.
6) Use a Home Humidifier
Both summer and winter can play havoc with your skin’s moisture levels—this is just as true indoors as it is outdoors. Keeping the heating turned high may be cozy when the weather outside is freezing, but it will quickly dry the air out, causing problems for your skin. Summer can be just as bad, with air conditioning creating an arid atmosphere, alongside the welcome coolness.
If you live in an area where weather hits the extremes, consider investing in a humidifier to balance out the atmosphere in your home. If this seems too much of an expense, placing open containers of water close to fires, heaters, or air-conditioning outlets can have a similar effect for a fraction of the cost.
7) Take Care in the Sun
Lastly, everyone’s aware these days of the dangers of excessive sun, but if your skin has a tendency toward dryness, even safe levels of exposure can make things worse. Always wear plenty of sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors and consider using a combined sunblock and moisturizer on particularly sunny days.
Some people are affected more by dry skin than others, but it’s not something you need to accept. You also do not need to spend a fortune on expensive cosmetics to put it right. Following these seven tips will help keep your skin naturally moisturized and looking great.