Dry skin can be ultra annoying from the way it feels to how it can appear. It can do a number on the old psyche if the issue persists too long. So how can you help ease this common issue? Take a gander down below.

When does dry skin occur?

Typically, this maddening skin monster shows up in the winter months when you are exposed to varying elements in the environment, but it can also happen when the seasons change, especially if you have seasons to contend with.

The #1 best thing to do when dealing with dry skin is to make sure you are not using products with ingredients that can further strip the skin of its natural oils. Even acne prone skin can get dry. Yes, I said acne skin. (Side note: Sometimes what you think is acne is really an over-drying of the skin. Once you add back moisture, the problem usually fixes itself.)  Make sure to use cleansers designed to moisturize and nourish, and it may be necessary to use a heavier cream/lotion in the fall/winter or do a slugging session if it’s the spring/summer months. Also, avoid hot showers and harsh acids to keep the skin from being further stripped.

Best ingredients for dry skin

Great ingredients for those dealing with dry skin are shea butter, jojoba oil and squalene oil, since they both can increase the skin’s natural hydration levels. Ceramides are amazing to help restore the skin’s natural barrier, which can be compromised because of extreme temperatures. And last, vitamin C is fantastic to help fight free radicals in the skin and can help give a boost in clarity and hydration as well, like bogl’s C+E Trifecta.

Skin hacks to care for dryness.

#1 Make sure you are not using anything harsh or abrasive + use products with clean ingredients. If needed, skip the cleanse in the morning and rinse with warm water instead of doing a full on cleanse. It’s important you make sure you are doing a skincare routine at night if this is the case. Always choose pH balance products and wear an SPF even on cloudy days!
#2 Try dry brushing to help release the dry skin. It’s also great for the lymphatic system, can increase circulation + firming in the skin. Winner! Dry brushing should be done with light strokes and towards the heart to get the toxins towards the lymphatic system to be disposed of. Be sure to drink plenty of water when doing so as well! The best time to conduct dry brushing is before the shower 1-2 times a week.
#3 Try using a humidifier if you live in a drier climate. By keeping moisture in the air, you can help the skin keep its own moisture levels.
#4 Apply moisturizer immediately after a bath or shower, especially one containing ceramides. Ceramides help seal in the cracks in the skin, allowing the skin to keep the moisture inside.

When to seek help

If your skin is overly dry and nothing seems to work, it may be time to visit your doctor. Chronic dry skin can be a precursor to other health issues, like thyroid and other autoimmune diseases. Your skin is the largest organ and biggest communicator, so it might be time to listen!