To vanquish my dry skin woes, I tried to think of the causes first (and try to brush up on what anatomy I learned way back when, hahah). It could be the cold weather sucking in the moisture from my skin. Age is another factor, yes ladies I'm a dinosaur, a relic - could be that my skin is losing its elasticity and suppleness. Because its cold out, I might have been forgetting to hydrate myself more. And you see I love taking hot baths, so I think that's another culprit. It could also be because I love to exfoliate/dry brush. A lot of reasons . . .
So what's a girl gotta do?
*CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF MOISTURIZER FOR THE RIGHT SEASON. What's light and greaseless in the summer just won't cut it out for cooler months. For cooler months, better try lotions/moisturizers that are oil-based to create protective layering.
For me, I find mixing a few drops of moringga oil with my lotion to be beneficial.
I have used this lotion for a long time now, but lately it feels too light on my skin, not really doing wonders for my dry skin. This lotion is good during summer months, but not on colder months. So in order for it to not go to waste, I try and add in a few drops of moringga oil.
Using moringga oil alone, according to Jellybean, alleviates dry and rough skin. There is no oily or greasy feeling as it is easily absorbed by the skin. It smells faintly of Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea perfume. I can also say that it relieves itchy skin and good for insect bites. Very affordable at 99 pesos.
Now, this lotion is love - Olay Moisture Lotion with Shea Butter. I bought this at S&R (sorry forgot the price). I use this after shower and I feel like it is absorbed quickly providing much needed moisture on my skin. My dry skin was cured in a week even my rough feet, no kidding! I felt that my skin is more supple and healthier. There is a faint powdery scent, which I love.
Extra TLC should be given to areas that are more prone to dryness like your hands, elbows, feet and knees.
*LAY OFF ON THE EXFOLIATION/PEELS/SCRUBS. I do dry brushing. While it is good to exfoliate skin in order to get rid of dead skin cells, it is better not to overdo it as it will strip skin of essential oils needed for protection. My skin hurt from too much brushing so I just do it twice a week instead of daily.
*TRY TEPID BATHS and keep it short and sweet. Hot baths are great on colder weather, soothes my aching joints as well, but do you know that hot water can actually break down the lipid barrier of the skin which leads to moisture loss? Best to use lukewarm water or water with mild comfortable warmth (as we used to say during my PT days).
I have also switched soaps. I like using my Safeguard bar for that squeaky clean feeling, but it doesn't moisturize at all. It leaves my skin tight, so (I know my mom will be happy about this) I've started using
Dove soaps. Jellybean calls this soap "okra" soap. You know that vegetable that has a slimy texture. Yup, this soap leaves a slimy film after using it, but it's actually good. I have come to appreciate this only now. I now see why my mom had been lecturing me to use this soap. It leaves my skin smooth after baths and I smell like a baby afterwards.
*HYDRATION IS KEY. Often times when cooler weather steps in, I tend to forget to drink water. I just don't like drinking a lot as I have to pee more often, but we have to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to balance our bodily fluids for better circulation. Better circulation would mean toxins would be flushed from our skin and would give good blood flow, making our skin's condition better.
*GET ENOUGH ZZZs. Sleep is our body's natural way of healing itself. While we sleep, our body repairs the wear and tear of the day. Repairs and builds up collagen, which keeps our skin smooth and elastic.
*SEEK A SPECIALIST. After changing your regimen and yet you have dry, scaly, itchy, red, plaque like patches of skin, it might be a different condition altogether, so best consult with a specialist as they will give you the best advice tailored for your needs.
That's all folks! Love the skin your in.