How to Look After Dry Skin

How I look after my dry skin

Hi everybody! I Hope you’re all doing really well. I’m back on the beauty bandwagon today. Unfortunately, I have been blessed with my Dads’ ‘skin genes’ (I know, that’s probably an oversimplification), meaning that I have incredibly dry skin and eczema.  In the last six months, I’ve found that I have had a huge flare-up and my dry skin woes, particularly on my legs, are more prominent than ever. Fortunately, I’m starting to get my skincare regime perfected, and so I thought I’d share it with yourselves incase you’re struggling with the same situation.

Hair Removal for Dry Skin

The first stage when it comes to looking after my skin is hair removal. I appreciate that some people may choose not to remove their body hair, but for me I feel more confident with smooth skin and so I personally decide to remove it. For years I have been using a simple hair razor and shaving foam whilst in the shower, though recently I’ve found that this is really irritating on my legs and for some reason, actually makes them bleed. As you can imagine, this leaves me with dots of blood coming from multiple pores and leaves my skin feeling on fire. Therefore, I’ve recently been opting for other alternatives, I’m currently using hair removal cream and the next choice on my list is the wet and dry epilator panasonic.

Showering and Moisturizing for Dry Skin

I always ensure that I spend as little time as possible in the shower. I always try to keep myself to five or ten minutes – wash hair, wash body with a mild soap and then get out. This is super difficult in winter, but it’s not worth drying out my skin even more for the sake of ten minutes. I also make an effort to ensure that the water is warm rather than hot, as this actually worsens my dry skin. I also like to exfoliate my entire body in the shower, and I do this once a week. This ensures that I get rid of the flaky bits of dry skin and allow the moisturiser to absorb more effectively.

Once out of the shower, it’s time to get the body lotion out and get moisturizing. I’ve spent a long time being really slack with this. But, as my skin is drier now, has become a priority in my skincare regime. Using a good quality moisturiser is really important. I’ve been doing research online recently, and I’ve found out that looking for ingredients such as Ceramides, Dimethicone and Glycerin, Hyaluronic acid, lanolin, mineral oil and petroleum jelly are ideal ingredients to look out for. They help to lock water into the skin (Source), keeping it hydrated for longer. I also use the Urtekram Coconut Body Lotion regularly and keep it by my bed for the occasional moisture-top up.

Protect Dry Skin from the Weather

As winter is coming up, I can’t stress this point enough. Make sure you protect your skin and keep it covered in the winter! Dry skin is really vulnerable to the cold and it’s often exacerbated by colder temperatures; with both my own and my Dad’s hands cracking and peeling during the winter. It’s not a pretty sight, and so I always try to reduce the severity of this by keeping moisturiser in my bag and keeping my hands in gloves when outside. Make sure you’re wearing clothes that will keep you warm and put socks on your feet during winter!

On the flip side though, make sure you also look after your skin in Summer. It’s vital to make sure you’re protected from the Sun at all times; whether you’re covered with clothing or wearing full protection (UVA & UVB) sunscreen. Obviously nobody wants sunburn, but you’d be surprised at how the sun can also make dry skin worse. Make sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated, as hydrating your body from the inside will reflect that on the outside too!

Do you suffer from dry skin? What are your tips and advice for dealing with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

*This post is sponsored by Panasonic, although all thoughts and opinions are still my own.

18 Comments

  1. September 13, 2018 / 11:08 am

    I loved reading this post for tips for dry skin! I have combination skin on my body – but in winter my hands also get extremely dry, cracked and therefore really sore so even having hands in winter hurts haha.
    My advice for dry hands in winter is to use a moisturising bar soap when washing your hands, as antibacterial liquid soaps dry out your hands further and since doing this switch my hands have not been nearly as sore as they were. Also the Palmers Cocoa Butter Hand Cream is incredible for dry hands, once you’ve cleared up the cracking with Sudocrem! Xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 14, 2018 / 8:52 am

      I feel you with the hands!

      A bar of soap is such a good idea, I think I remember you telling me before actually. I’ll definitely have to change them over! <3

  2. September 13, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    I have dry skin too, and CeraVe is my favourite face wash. It’s the only one I’ve found that really works for me. I definitely need to be better about exfoliating though!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 14, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Thanks for the recommendation, Andrea. I’ll have to take a look! xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 14, 2018 / 8:53 am

      I have not – I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks Joy!

  3. September 14, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    This is such a useful post, a couple of years ago, I started to suffer with really dry skin on my hands during Winter and I’ve never really known how to care for it probably as I do not have dry skin anywhere else. Definitely bookmarking this post to come back to in the future!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 14, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      Bless you, thank you Sophie! I’m really going to try and make an effort with my hands this year too! <3

  4. September 14, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I get the worst dry hands ever! Such a nightmare in winter; I feel for you!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 14, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Haha, thank you Cassie. I feel for you too!!

  5. Nicole
    September 14, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Yup, I’m in the same boat as you! My skin is naturally extremely dry, sensitive, easily irritated.

    These are great tips!! I’m also getting better as time goes on with my regimine, but it’ll never be perfect. Can always improve. If I don’t stay consistent though that’s the worse, even 1-2 days!!

    The biggest things for reducing dry skin that are a must in my opinion are staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun. If you don’t protect yourself from the sun it will definitely get real bad the older you get!!

    Great post!

    Nicole
    Reli Clothing

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 15, 2018 / 8:47 am

      That’s the thing with dry skin – you have to make such an effort and really dedicate yourself to it! Thanks Nicole! <3

  6. September 15, 2018 / 6:15 am

    Oh man, I am guilty of having dry skin (especially eczema). The weather is a big factor when it comes to your skin’s condition. Both summer and winter are bad for me @__@ so better get that moisturizer out! Thanks for sharing these valuable tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 15, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Haha, yes. Gotta get using that moisturiser! Thanks Nancy!

  7. September 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I have eczema and I spend about 5 mins in the shower when I wash! I am so glad that someone else does this too!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 16, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      You’re not alone, Paige! xx

  8. September 16, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I get such dry hands anyway so I’m dreading the winter! Some really great tips here x

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 17, 2018 / 9:01 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie! x

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