4 Ways to Moisturize Dry Skin

 

It’s that time of year again! Brisk winter mornings, freshly baked cookies, hot cocoa, and.... wait a minute, my skin is cracking. Oh no! Where’s my hand lotion? 

All joking aside, though winter brings us the holidays, it also brings us dry, cold weather that can suck the moisture out of our delicate skin! Holiday hand lotions are enticing this time of year, but many contain chemicals (such as fragrance) that can irritate our skin or even cause allergic reactions. 

That’s why we’ve researched 4 tips you can use to help combat dry skin and even save money! 

 

1. Coconut Oil  

Delicate enough to use on your face and full of intense hydration, consider adding coconut oil to your skincare routine! This remarkable plant oil has been shown to help relieve symptoms of eczema, a condition that causes skin to form inflamed, itchy patches.Another added benefit of coconut oil is its ability to protect against UV radiation!2 

If you have dry facial skin, apply a small amount of coconut oil in addition to a light moisturizer approximately 3 days per week. Do not apply every day, since coconut oil is comedogenic and can cause breakouts if used too frequently.  

 

2. Aloe Vera 

This all-natural healing gel isn’t just to treat open wounds or burns! It also helps retain moisture in our skin and even prevents skin from flaking by binding epidermal cells. Studies have also shown that aloe vera can help decrease the appearance of wrinkles!3

If you suffer from redness and irritation, consider applying an aloe vera face mask or calming gel once a week! This way you get the moisture you need, while also calming unwanted redness and irritation! 

 

3. Check Your Beauty Products 

Still struggling with dry skin no matter how much moisturizer you apply? Instead of only applying after-care for dry skin, check your beauty products for the following ingredients that may be causing dryness in the first place: Alcohol, AHA, and Fragrance.  

 

Alcohol: 

We’ve all used hand sanitizer and felt its drying effects! This is because sanitizer needs to be 60% alcohol in order to kill germs and bacteria. Avoid beauty products containing alcohol to keep your skin soft and dewy! 

 

AHA (aka Alpha Hydroxy Acid): 

Often used in clinical peels, AHA is known to help fight acne, reduce hyperpigmentation, and lessen fine lines and wrinkles by tightening your pores. However, using AHA in high concentrations can break down your skin barrier and make it more sensitive to UVB radiation from the sun. For those with dry skin, AHA can dry out your skin even more. 

 

Fragrance: 

If you look at the ingredients list on the back of your shampoo or skincare bottle, you might see the words, “fragrance” or “parfum” listed there. These terms refer to dozens of chemicals companies can combine to create a certain scent in their beauty products. By using the terms “fragrance” or “parfum,” companies are not required to disclose that list of chemicals to the consumer. Studies have shown that fragrance can trigger allergies, cause migraines, and even worsen asthmatic symptoms.5

 

We recommend you avoid beauty products with “fragrance” or “parfum” listed in the ingredients list. Instead, look for products that are fragrance-free or that use natural ingredients to give their formula a pleasant scent. 

 

4. Install a Shower Head Filter

Water filters are commonplace when it comes to drinking water, but what about our showers? Depending on where you live, your tap water may be classified as “hard water.” This means that your water contains a substantial amount of sodium lauryl sulfate deposits. These deposits have been shown to dry out the skin, diminish the skin barrier, and cause skin irritation. In one study, researchers found that using a showerhead filter reduced skin irritation in eczema sufferers significantly!1 

If you suffer from dry skin or even eczema, you may want to invest in a showerhead filter! You can buy some as cheap as $30.  

 

Dry skin can be frustrating, especially for those with eczema and allergies! However, we hope these tips can help you enjoy soft, silky skin even in the dead of winter!  

 

 

References: 

  1. Brown, Kirsty, et al. 2018, Jan. 1. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Volume 138, Issue 1, P68-77. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jid.2017.08.037 
  2. Lin, Tzu Kai, et al. 2018, Jan.Int J Mol Sci. 19(1): 70. DOI:10.3390/ijms19010070 
  3. Saple, D.G., et al. 2008.Indian J Dermatol. 53(4): 163–166.DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.44785 
  4. Tang,Sheau-Chung et al. 2018, April.Molecules. 23(4): 863. DOI: 10.3390/molecules23040863 
  5. David Suzuki Foundationhttps://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-parfum-fragrance/