Dry skin can be a major nuisance, even if you keep applying copious amounts of moisturizer. Combating dry skin can be tough, especially in the cold winter months when the harsh weather dries your skin and in the hot summer months when you sweat out much of your skin’s moisture. Let’s take a look at a few ways to tackle dry skin beyond your basic skin products.

Drink Plenty of Water

This one is self explanatory since the more water your body has the more moisture it distributes throughout every part. If you have dry skin, you should drink even more water than the general 6-8 glasses a day recommended by doctors since you have an even greater need for it. People who smoke, drink a lot of alcohol, or consume a lot of coffee require even more water because all of those things significantly dry you out.

Shorter, Cooler Showers

If you have ever been to a sauna you have seen the effect that prolonged heat can have on your body. Stay in there long enough and you start to prune. Taking long, hot showers has the same effect on your skin. Try to keep your showers under 15 minutes and use warm water rather than hot.

Avoid Drying Soaps

Many types of soaps are notoriously terrible for dry skin. Avoid any products that contain alcohol, deodorant chemicals, or antibacterial chemicals. Consider using a soap with moisturizer or oils added to them.

Use a Humidifier

Your environment has a lot to do with your skin health. Most homes have dry and hot air so using a portable humidifier can help your skin stay at its best and avoid that awful flaky and itchy feeling.

Eat Hydrating Food

Water isn’t the only way to give your body a hydration boost, many foods like cucumbers, celery, melon, peaches, berries, lettuce, and tomatoes are made up of mostly water which helps you stay hydrated even when you haven’t drank enough glasses of water.

Omega-3

It seems like doctors recommend Omega-3 fatty acids for everything so there must be something to this superfood compound. Omega-3s have been shown to improve oil production in your skin, protect your skin from UV rays, and prevents skin inflammation if you have a condition like rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.

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