Many people suffer from dry, itchy and irritable skin. It may seem that each day your skin is cracking, painful, and even flaky. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to keep your skin healthier and avoid the dryness. Here are a couple suggestions.
1. Drink More Water
What many people don't understand is that your skin doesn't get moisture from the outside; instead it comes from within the body. This means that if your body isn't hydrated enough, your skin will become dry and brittle. Your body will use the water supply that you first have to keep the organs and blood healthy. But if you can drink more water it will flush your system, giving you more oxygen to the skin and keeping your skin healthier and moister. This is why it is vital that you increase your water intake daily.
2. Use A Thick, Perfume Free Cream To Moisturize
There are so many different lotions out there. If you are looking for something to make you smell good, you can choose something with perfume in it. However, if you are really wanting to keep your skin healthy you should use a cream, not a lotion, and find something that is free from additives.
The reason cream is so effective is that it helps to keep the oxygen in. As mentioned before, your skin gets its oxygen from the water inside your body, so the moisturizer that you use will act as a buffer between your skin and the air to stop the oxygen and moisture from leaving.
It is best to moisturize right before bed. If needed put socks or gloves on your hands and feet and wear long clothing. This will really help to trap the oxygen in and hydrate your skin throughout the night.
3. Avoid Taking Long, Hot Showers
Don't fall into the trap of thinking that putting water on your skin will keep it moist. By now you should understand that moisture comes from within the body and through your blood supply. Exposing your body to long hot showers will dry out your skin quickly. The skin is very susceptible to extreme temperatures and although a hot shower may feel good, it will also open your pores, allowing the moisture to escape.
This doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a hot shower once in a while-- it just shouldn't be done everyday, and you should always apply a heavy cream afterwards to close the pores and help hydrate the skin.
By doing these things, you can keep your skin healthy. Contact a dermatologist like Henry E. Wiley, III, M.D. for more information.