4 Tips For Ditching Dryness From Head To Toe

From head to toe, skin can become incredibly dry, especially during the harsh winter months. If you’re going somewhere where you have to show some skin, then you probably want to get rid of flaky, dry skin and reveal a smooth and supple finish. Here are four tips for ditching dryness from head to toe.

 

 

 

 

1. Treat Your Face With Chemical, Not Physical Exfoliants

Exfoliants are the products we use to slough away dead skin. There are two categories of exfoliants: Physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are scrubs, such as salt or sugar scrubs that are used to manually remove dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants are products that contain ingredients like alpha hydroxy or salicylic acid, which remove dead skin cells chemically.

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When it comes to your face, it’s best to avoid physical exfoliants. The skin on your face is very delicate and scrubs can cause microscopic rips and tears on the skin. Instead, use a chemical exfoliant. Always follow up with a very hydrating moisturizer, as exfoliants are effective but drying. See recommended exfoliating and polishing scrub for beautiful skin.

 

2.Exfoliate The Body

Sugar and salt scrubs are perfectly alright for body skin. Find a sugar or salt scrub that contains hydrating oils. Use in the shower, scrubbing in firm but gentle circular motions. If you have especially dry skin, you can use a moisturizer that contains alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid for extra exfoliation. Be careful not to overdo it, however. It’s a good idea to limit your in-shower sloughing sessions to three times a week and always follow up with a hydrating lotion or cream.

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3. Treat Your Hands Right

Our hands can suffer the most dryness of any part of our body. After all, we are constantly using our hands throughout the day and the elements can be quite drying. To ditch dry hands, invest in a light pair of cotton gloves used to seal in ointments and treatments, found in the first aid section of the drugstore. At night, slather your hands with a thick moisturizing cream or body butter. Put on the gloves and wear them to bed. The gloves will lock in the moisture of the cream and when you wake up, you’ll have smooth and moisturized hands.

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4. Give The Feet Some Love

If you’re dealing with rough or calloused feet, spend an extra five minutes in the shower sloughing them with a pumice stone or file. Dry skin on the feet can be treated the same way you treat dry skin on the hands. At night, cover your feet in a rich, thick moisturizer and then put on a pair of thick socks. Similar to the gloves, your socks will lock in your moisturizer and allow it to penetrate the rough skin on your feet.

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Dry skin can be a pain, but it’s a breeze to treat if you know what you’re doing. If you follow these simple tips, you can banish dryness and have smooth skin from head to toe.

 

 

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