Part 2- Dry Body
In my last blog , I shared six ways to moisturize your face. Now that you have the basics down to keep your face moisturized, lets talk about our body. Our skin is our largest organ. Yup, that’s right. An adult carries approximately 8lbs of skin. Our skin consists of two main layers: the epidermis (outer) and the dermis (inner). When you exfoliate the dead skin cells, you help speed up the epidermis cell reproduction process which promotes youthful skin. The dermis contains your nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and blood vessels. Together, these two layers provide us with protection and comfort. With that being said, here are some practical ways to keep your body moisturized:
Limit your time in the bath or shower.
When you have dry skin issues, its good to limit your baths and showers between 5 minutes to 10 minutes. Use warm water opposed to hot water. Hot water will dry your skin out and irritate your dry skin even more. Soaking in warm oatmeal baths will help your skin as well.
Use mild soaps or body washes.
When your skin is dry and irritated there is nothing worse than using a scented soap that will irritate your dry skin even more. Use a gentle, unscented body soap and body wash.
Just like your face, you want to partially pat your skin dry.
Leave your skin a little damp so you can put moisture back into your skin and help your skin’s elasticity.
Apply moisturizers immediately after bath or shower.
While your skin is damp, apply a cream or ointment rather than a lotion to your entire body. Creams and ointments are thicker and more effective than lotions when it comes to healing dry skin. Creams that contain olive oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil work great. Non-greasy hand creams work great at keeping your hands moisturize since you wash them frequently.
Placing a humidifier your room will aid in keeping your skin moisturized.
Humidifiers add moisture to the air. They help alleviate dry skin, chapped lips, dry throat, and nose bleeds.
If you find that your skin is still irritated and dry, consider switching your laundry detergent to a brand for sensitive skin. Clothes made out of cotton should feel soothing to your skin. If the problem persists, it’s time to make that visit to your dermatologist. They will be able to help you narrow down some more factors causing your dry skin.
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