Body Care Tips: How to Prevent Dry Skin on Body?
What is dry skin?
Simply speaking, dry skin is when your skin is lacking in moisture and/or natural oils to properly maintain its function. The result? Uneven skin tone, more noticeable fine lines, and a plethora of skin conditions.
Effects of having dry skin
Prolonged dry skin can result in your skin weakening, which in turn leads to unpleasant experiences such as cracking, bleeding or itchy skin due to dryness. In more severe cases, dry skin can also be the cause of infection as bacteria can enter the body due to the cracks – tell-tale signs coming from red and inflamed areas on the skin, which in turn could lead to unsightly permanent scarring, on top of various health issues. If your dry and dehydrated skin condition is severe, please visit a doctor prior to application of any skincare products.
How to fix dry dehydrated skin
The good news is that dry and dehydrated skin is something that can be managed as part of your daily routine. Here are a few steps to guide you:
1. Stay hydrated
It may sound obvious, but dry skin is due to a lack of moisture. Help your skin stay ahead of the moisture race by staying hydrated, which can be as easy as drinking plenty of water (2 to 3 litres) and opting for water-rich foods such as berries, watermelons or celery, just to name a few.
2. Exfoliate in moderation
Exfoliation is helpful in removing dry, dead skin, increasing blood circulation and improving your skin’s appearance. We know that when you are struggling with dry skin, it is tempting to just scrub all the dry skin away – but over exfoliating will only irritate your skin more and exacerbate the issue. Limit your exfoliation to 1 – 2 times a week and stick to more gentle solutions.
3. Apply body moisturiser after a shower
Moisturising products such as Moisture-Rich Body Lotion or shea butter lotion work best after a shower, as they help to keep the much-needed moisture from escaping your skin. Apply it before bed for the best effect.
4. Use products suited for your skin type
With Clarins’ endless dedication in delivering only the best for your skin, you can feel assured that we have solutions that will meet your needs. Yes, including products such as non-sticky body lotion, non-greasy lotion or body serums.
Benefits of using body lotion for dry skin
There are endless benefits for your skin when you regularly apply body lotion, but let’s narrow it down to these 5 key ones:
- Replenishes your skin’s moisture.
- It helps you stay younger, longer.
One product that can help with anti-wrinkling and dry skin, in particular, is the Renew-Plus Body Serum, which smooths away roughness while promoting younger-looking skin.
- Staves off skin irritation, infection and red patches.
- It can double as your signature scent.
If body lotions aren’t your thing, consider using essential-oil infused body treatment oils to amp up the moisture
We talked a lot about keeping your body and skin moisturised, but you shouldn’t forget to care for your hands and feet: the very parts of your body that work the hardest for you daily. Remember to keep them moisturised and properly pampered!