Tips for Preventing Dry Skin
We have put together some suggestions for you on how to try to prevent dry skin:
- Avoid soaps and choose gentle soap free, fragrance free products instead and use a moisturiser on the skin whilst it is still warm, after bathing or showering, to aid absorption into the skin.
- Avoid sitting directly near a heat source, such as an open fire and use a humidifier in your home to put moisture back in the air.
- Cover up with warm clothing, particularly in winter, to ensure skin isn’t exposed to the harsh elements.
- Ensure you protect your skin from sun damage by incorporating a sunscreen into your daily skin care routine. Also keeping out of direct sunlight when UV rays are at their strongest: normally between 10am-4pm.
- Take warm water showers for ten minutes or less daily, rather than long hot baths.
- Avoid rubbing vigorously after a bath or shower with a towel to get dry as this can again irritate the skin. Gently pat skin dry with a towel followed by an application of moisturiser is suggested.
- Shave with a sharp, clean razor after a shower/bath as the pores are open and skin relaxed, allowing the blade to cleanly remove the hairs and minimising the chance of irritating the skin.
- Before swimming, apply a moisturiser which can help to protect your skin from the effects of chlorine in the pool. Also apply a moisturiser after showering. Ensure after swimming you always briefly shower to remove the chlorine from your skin. Don’t forget to also rinse your costume afterwards as dried chlorine can also irritate your skin.
- Ensure when you purchase new clothing it feels comfortable from the start and isn’t too tight, to avoid chafing. It is best to choose soft fabrics which allow better temperature control such as cotton, linen and silk as opposed to man made fabrics like polyester, nylon or viscose. Wool contains short, coarse fibres which can prick irritated skin so opt for merino wool which is thinner and less irritating or wear a cotton layer underneath.
- Use non-biological washing products, which don’t contain enzymes and ensure you don’t put too much in your machine as it can end up as a residue on your clothes, transferred to your skin. An extra rinse cycle can be helpful to ensure that all washing detergent is removed from your clothes.
- Wear gloves when placing your hands in water to offer them some protection. Generally wear gloves when outside too, to give some protection.
- When flying, don’t drink alcohol as this will dry you out more but ensure you drink plenty of water to rehydrate before, during and after your flight.
- Always drink plenty of fresh water and eat a balanced diet.