Help! I Have Dry Skin!
I live in Utah, so I naturally have dry skin. From the time I was little and suffered from eczema, I have battled with tight, itchy, dry, red skin. I was diagnosed with a condition called dermatographia when I was about 13 years old. For those of you who aren't familiar (because why would anyone be!?) it's also called skin-writing. You could take a finger, a stick, a pencil eraser, literally anything, and draw designs on my skin which would puff up into huge hives. When I got ready in the morning I'd have lines down my face and neck from pulling on my shirt. I passed time in class by using the lid of my pen to draw on my arms or play tic tac toe. Having dry weather only exacerbated the problem, and I learned quickly how to take care of my skin. It's pretty embarrassing after gym class when you go to change back into school clothes and have welts and scratches down your entire face. If someone bumped me, I would swell up. If I scratched my nose or leaned my head on my hand, welts. Combine that with eczema and "chicken skin" bumps on my arms and you've got a great big skin mess.
Luckily, I only occasionally have eczema breakouts and they're usually combined with high levels of stress, so I can see it coming and take precautions. Every year when the leaves start to turn and fall off the trees, I go into skincare overdrive. If I don't, I end up scratching until I break the skin, my scalp and face get flaky and weird and my hands and feet look like hell.
Below are a few things I do to give my skin a fighting chance during the dry months: This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, click here.
Drink a lot of water. I know. Everyone says that, but if you think about it- your body is made up of a TON of water. If you're not replenishing that, it's gonna dry out (to a certain extent, obv). I know everyone is raving about Hydro Flasks right now, but if you're wanting to spend less cash, this alternative is great- and I really can't tell a difference between the two that I have.
Exfoliate. If you want moisture to get to the part of your skin that really needs it, you need to exfoliate off all the dead stuff. On my face, I use this Facial Resurfacer scrub. It has grains of volcanic ash to polish your skin, as well as nangai oil which deeply hydrates and soothes skin cells with triglycerides. If you have sensitive skin and need a more gentle exfoliant, I suggest this polishing exfoliator. On my body, I use a body scrub with the same volcanic ash and aloe leaf juice to help soothe the skin. I don't use the scrub daily, and every other day I use a moisturizing body wash like this one, that has aloe to soothe and orchid flower as an antioxidant and moisturizer. I scrub with an antibacterial body sponge, linked here. This sponge is antifungal and antibacterial and dries super fast. I have one in pink, but I could only find the blue and purple online. I have a face sponge from the same company and I love it.
Stay out of hot water. Seriously, I know it's so tempting to get in a super hot bath or shower when it's cold outside, but just don't. And if you can help it, stay out of super drying hot tubs or swimming pools. Am I the killer of fun? Maybe. Hot water dries out the skin faster, and all the chemicals in hot tubs and pools wreak havoc on your skin and hair.
Moisturize. I could go on, and on, and on about moisturization. A good lotion is hard to come by! So many of them are full of chemicals that leave your skin oily and unable to breathe. I use a few types of moisturizers on my face, and three main ones on my body. I'm telling you- I go to war against dry skin during the winter. Not messing around.
The first moisturizer I use in my skincare routine is Climate Control. It contains SelPlex Complex, basically herbal oil extracts and vitamins that increase moisture. It also has sodium hyaluronate which restores damaged skin cells and glucosamine HCI which is a natural anti-inflammatory that maintains elasticity of your skin. Climate Control is clinically proven to increase moisture by 54.2%, increase collagen synthesis by 168% and reduce fine lines and wrinkles by 55.7%. I have used it twice a day, every day for about 10 months and I'll be using it for the rest of my life.
The second moisturizer I use is Nangai Oil. Nangai is a nut grown on a tropical island called Vanuatu. It contains triglycerides that enhance your skin's ability to retain moisture, and SenePlex Complex which increases cellular renewal by 23.4%. Basically, you are getting fresh skin cells faster than normal.
The last moisturizers that I use depend on daytime or nighttime. During the day, I use the Normal to Dry Daytime Moisturizer. It has vitamin b, sodium hyaluronate and aloe leaf. In the evening, I slather on the Dry Evening Moisturizer (you can never have enough!) with amino acids, vitamin e and ginger root for antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. I also use an eye cream, because the under-eye area can dry out and look pretty saggy and sad. If you're serious about anti-aging and giving your skin all the moisture it can get, you need to check out this Collagen Night Pak. It contains plant-based marine collagen, caffeine and copper and zinc to restore and rebuild collagen, revitalize skin and provide antioxidant protection. This is basically a barrier on your skin to seal in moisture while you sleep.
On my body, I use a few different things as well. I use a moisturizing scar cream from mederma on my chest and stomach scars, bio oil around the scars, then this anti-aging body lotion and a shea butter body cream on my hands and feet.
The last tip I have for you is one I think you'll probably thank me for. Don't shave every day. Shaving can irritate the skin, and when you're already dealing with a mess like I am, let it grow! I shave my legs pretty much twice a week, if that, during the winter. I'm always in leggings and tights anyway, so who cares- right? My husband can deal.
If you have a favorite skin care treatment, process or "hack", comment it below!