7 Tips for Softer Skinby HealthAfter50
Guide to softer skin
Combating dry skin requires a combination approach: adding moisture to your skin, sealing it in, and avoiding things that will take away natural skin oils as well as moisture. Try these tips to feel more comfortable this season.
1. Taker shorter showers
Keep your shower or bath short. Water helps hydrate the skin, but after five to 10 minutes, it works against you. And use warm—not hot—water. Gently dry your skin and apply emollient (moisturizer) within three minutes to seal in the water.
2. Use a mild skin cleanser
Whether you choose soap, body wash, or gel, choose one that contains a moisturizer and is free of deodorants, fragrances, and alcohol. These can irritate dry skin.
3. Moisturize daily
Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating to dry, sensitive skin than are lotions. Choose products that contain lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerine, lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly. Avoid those with alpha-hydroxy acid.
4. Invest in a humidifier
A humidifier will add moisture to your home’s air in the winter and in dry weather and relieve your chapped skin.
5. Avoid rough materials
Steer clear of wool and other fabrics that may irritate dry skin. Try smooth cotton fabrics instead.
6. Protect your hands
Your hands take the most abuse. Wear proper gloves when outdoors in cold weather and when your hands are immersed in water. Don’t skimp on hand washing, but do moisturize after washing and sanitizing.
7. Wear sunscreen daily
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen every day, even in winter, to any exposed skin. Don’t forget a lip balm with sunscreen, too.