How to Beat Dry Skin: Six Ways to Pamper and Hydrate

When the seasons change our skin care routine often must change with it. In the Midwest we are moving from Winter into Spring and our skin is usually dry, dehydrated, and flaky by this time. This year is worse for many people because we have spent a lot more time indoors with forced air because of the pandemic. If your skin is screaming to be pampered and hydrated here are six ways to beat dry skin.

#1- Up your water intake

You can help hydrate from the inside out by upping your water intake. All cells, including skin cells, need water to function property. The more caffeine you drink the more water you need to compensate. Caffeine dehydrates your skin. So, drink up that H2O to beat that dry skin!

#2- Exfoliate often

You skin can become drier (and even more oily) if there is a build up of dead skin cells. If you exfoliate more frequently you can help your skin care products penetrate better and bring balance back to your sebum production. Aim for 2-3 times per week with a gentle manual exfoliator. Or, as often as your skin can handle it.

#3- Add more heavy hitters

Dry, dehydrated skin can benefit from ingredients like acids that are safe and effective at improving hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a great choice during the winter months or whenever you are feeling dry to boost your skins moisture levels. You produce it naturally in your body and its main job is to keep your tissues lubricated and moist. You can find this ingredient in many moisturizers, serums, and creams.  

#4- Don’t knock the classics

Petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) can get a bad rap in the green beauty community but you can’t beat it for intense protection of your dry skin. If you want to skip petroleum look for a facial oil that you can add underneath your current moisturizer. Avocado oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oils are all great choices!

#5- Eat more antioxidant rich foods

Just like water, your body needs antioxidants to keep your skin smooth and supple. Up your fruit and veggie intake and add in ethically sourced Omegas when your skin is feeling parched. Make it easy on yourself by adding a supplement or a whole food product.  (Juice Plus+ has some great options with over 50 clinical studies! Click here to find out more)

#6- Switch up your cleansing routine

During dry seasons you will want to switch to a more hydrating cleanser and cut back to only washing your face at nighttime and splashing with warm water in the morning. The same goes for your body. Wash the private parts, of course, but skip scrubbing down your entire body every single day.  

With these six simple switches you will be able to bring your dehydrated, flaky, dry skin back to smooth and supple in no time! Which one will you try first?

With Grace & Grit,

~Raychel Perman

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