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Nov 19, 2015

10 TIPS TO IMPROVE DRY SKIN



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Most dry skin conditions happen because the outer layers of the skin have lost their ability to retain moisture. There are some tried and true steps you can take to repair that barrier.

Practical Tips for Dry Skin


1. Drink Lots of Water

Your skin is about 30% water, so proper hydration is essential for its health, and even more so when it is dry or stressed. Drinking dehydrating beverages such as coffee and alcohol can worsen the problem so consuming lots of pure water is your best bet.

2. Exfoliate Gently

Dry skin often looks and feels even worse because the top layers of dead skin cells are blocking healthy new skin cells from the surface. If you have dry skin you need to constantly exfoliate to remove the dry skin. Dry skin brushing used in synergy with a very gentle exfoliating lotion such as Amlactin used at least twice a week can help correct this problem.




3. Cleanse Tenderly

Harsh cleansers and soaps are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to dry skin. Use a gentle moisturizing wash such as my homemade Shea black soap, Castile soaps, Aveeno Oat Moisturizing bar which is sulfate-free and anti-oxidant rich. Avoid any skincare products that contain irritating or drying ingredients such as alcohol or added fragrances.

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4. Moisturize Deeply

Of course you know you have to moisturize, right? Good! However you also need to chose the right product for the job. For dry skin I always recommend a 2-step moisturizing technique;

a. Hydrator - Water based moisturizer with ceramide and hyluronic acid.
Apply these while skin is still a bit damp
b. Sealant -  Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Shea butter etc
Apply these 1-2 minutes after your moisturizer to seal in the moisture and as added barrier.

5. Limit Skin Exposure to Water

If your skin is dry and irritates easily, try to cut back on the amount of time you bathe or shower - some dermatologists even suggest spending no more than three minutes a day in water! This also applies to washing of hands; too much = dry skin. Use the mildest soap available like Castile soaps and do not overdo it. And remember to bathe with lukewarm water and not hot.

6. Use Hyaluronic

Hyaluronic Acid is a super hydrator that plumps the skin and retains 1000 times its weight in water. Using this in your skincare regimen would produce great results at a faster rate. Look for moisturizers and serums for your body and face. Using an Hyaluronic acid supplement would change your skin greatly. Get  any of these Hyaluronic Acid
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7.  Air-Conditioners Are Not Your Friend

Due to the high temperature in Africa, we always have to use air-conditioners to cool things down. However excessive exposure to the dry air being circulated by them do not really help if you already suffer from dry skin. So use with caution and re-hydrate constantly if you must by drinking water and having a mist bottle filled with aloe vera gel and mineral water.

8. Always Use Sunscreen. 

Sun exposure is damaging and makes your skin less able to hold water. A mineral-based SPF30 sunscreen every day is a must.

9. Eat Healthy Fat

To combat dryness, you will need to increase your consumption of healthy fats, also known as essential fatty acids. There are many different types of healthy fats, all of which are required to prevent dry skin and chapping. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna are helpful. Adding cold-pressed flax or hemp oil to salads or drizzled on steamed veggies or baked potatoes is another excellent way to add healthy Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.




10. Nature Knows Best!

I do not just advocate using natural products for our skincare just because; I am an advocate because I have seen Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut oil, Avocado masks, Oat meal scrubs etc do wonders for people with dry skin. So what are you waiting for?!

Do you suffer from dry skin? If so which of the above tips do you currently practice and how is it working for you? Lets share in the comment.

Until next post...remain beautiful,


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post Onome. I have dry skin and i've been dreading the coming harmattan season. Now I know what to do.

    You rock!

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  2. You rock! I dont have dry skin but i learnt a lot. Thanks for sharing
    Topmost Tree

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  3. good job u are doing, please i want to know which is best soap for lightening, papaya or carrot??

    thanks soo much, or if you can recommend any lightening soap for me.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,

      Both Carrot and Papaya soaps are good for exfoliation and skin brightening.

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  4. This are such great tips Onome. I have dry skin and I can testify to the efficacy of some of these tips. I have to doing the others like no hot bath and using hyaluronic creams.

    Did I mention your blog design is lovely?

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  5. Hello Onome, you are really doing a great job and I'm always stalking your blog for your next post.

    I read somewhere on your blog that Amlactin lotion is good for exfoliating dry skin; Pls where can I buy it in Lagos? Thanks

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    1. Hello Ogechi,

      Thanks for loving my blog.

      You can check Jumia or Konga for Amlactin, I'm sure you'll get.

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