How To Dry Skin
Please consult your doctor before trying anything below
Dryness results from the lack of water in your skin, not oil. Keep that in mind as you go about your daily routine this winter, and your skin will thank you for it, How to Dry skin.
Do not try to drink dryness away.
Many beauty books and glamour magazines recommend drinking at least seven or eight glasses of water per day to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness. Do not believe it If you totally dehydrated, your skin will become dry. But if you are normally hydrated, you cannot possibly counteract or correct dry skin by drinking water.
Put water where it counts.
The best way to get water into the skin is by soaking in it. 15 minutes soak in lukewarm water, not hot water. And forget the notion that you should bathe every day. The rule of thumb for dry skin is: bathe less and use cooler water..
Lubricate the skin: Follow each bath with a moisturizer.
The tendency is for all the moisture that soaked into the skin to evaporate. If you bathe frequently, a moisturizer is doubly important. The moisturizer is what holds the water in. Many people think the reason for applying moisturizers is to put oil back into the skin, but that is not totally true, just remember that dry skin is a function of water loss not of oil loss. Every body knows how easy it is to cut the toenails or fingernail after they have been in water. That is a good example of hydration, of what happens to the skin when you bathe. Moisturizers applied after the bath help keep water in the skin and therefore prevent drying.
Dry yourself damp-then stop.
It is much more effective to apply moisturizer to damp skin immediately after bathing than to put it on totally dry skin. That is not to say you have to hop from the tub or shower soaking wet and immediately apply lotion. But a couple of pats with a towel will make you as dry as you want to be before you apply the lotion. You are trying to trap a little water in the skin, and that is the fundamental rule in fighting off dryness.
Do not get greased by ad hype.
Nothing beat plain petroleum jelly or mineral oil as a moisturizer. In fact, for those who do not mind the feeling, virtually any vegetable oil (sun flower oil, peanut oil) or hydrogenated oil (Crisco) can be used to combat dry skin and winter itch. They are effective, safe and pure skin lubricants. They are very inexpensive as well. Those products do have one drawback, however. All of them tend to be greasy. People like things that smell good, feel good, and do not make them feel like a greased pig. It all depends on how much you want to spend, what you want to smell like, and how much you want to feel. All moisturizers do the same basic thing, and there is no scientific way to prove that any one of the commercially available products is any better for you than another. It is strictly your personal decision
Use oatmeal to heal
Some researchers believe people fist discovered the skin-soothing effects of oatmeal nearly 4000 years ago. Many folks are still discovering it today. Oatmeal can work in the bath as a soothing agent. Just poor 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal into a tub of lukewarm water, The term colloidal simply means the oatmeal has been ground t fine powder that will remain suspended in water. You can also use oatmeal as a soap substitute, tie some colloidal oatmeal in a handkerchief, drunk it in water ,squeeze out the excess water, and use as you would a normal washcloth.