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.