GOT A DRY, ITCHY BOD? HERE'S WHAT TO DO
If you're prone to dry skin from the neck down, you know how uncomfortable it can be, especially during colder months, when dehydrating heat is blasting. You step out of the shower, dry off, and suddenly your skin feels like it's a size too small—it takes everything in you not to aggressively itch all those red, uncomfy areas. Finally, you slather on some moisturizer, and after a few minutes you feel a little bit of relief. Phew.
We've got some good news: You don't have to put up with this painful cycle! Read on for the most effective tips for preventing dry skin... and putting a stop to it when you do have a flare-up.
CHANGE THE WAY YOU BATHE
When it's cold out, it's tempting to jack your shower water up to the hottest possible temperature. Resist the urge and stick to warm or lukewarm water—hot water is harsh on skin and causes moisture loss. While we're on the topic, try to stay in the shower for ten minutes or less, if possible, to prevent further moisture loss. Finally, if you're really struggling with dryness (and especially itchiness!), consider taking an oatmeal bath one or two times a week. The old-school remedy really does work: Oatmeal has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that keep itching at bay.
SWITCH TO GENTLE, FRAGRANCE-FREE PRODUCTS
Many skincare products are heavily fragranced and full of drying ingredients. If you see any of these offenders on the ingredient list, it may be too harsh for dry, sensitive skin:
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium laureth sulfate
Ammonium lauryl sulfate
Soaps such as sodium tallowate or cocoate
Instead, look for low-lather products with ingredients that protect the skin barrier, such as ceramides, niacinamide, and colloidal oatmeal.
INCORPORATE A BODY OIL
If you're using lotion alone, you're seriously missing out. Body oils deeply nourish, but they also create a protective barrier on the skin that keeps moisture from escaping. Our Glow + Go Body Oil has organic jojoba and argan oils to moisturize and soften the skin, plus lupinus albus seed extract at the clinical level to boost collagen production. And because dry skin = dull skin, we added sustainably-sourced mica to add a subtle, dewy glow. Just can't part with your cream moisturizer? Try topping it with a body oil instead for max moisturization.
It seems counterintuitive to slough skin that's dry and irritated, but that layer of dry, dead skin cells is probably preventing your moisturizer from penetrating as effectively as it could. Whether you go the chemical or physical exfoliation route, just make sure the formula is gentle and also boasts hydrating ingredients, so you don't make your skin even more dehydrated.
PLUG IN A HUMIDIFIER
During colder months, the air is already crazy dry. Add in indoor heat, and it's not an exaggeration to say that moisture is literally being pulled from your skin day in and day out. The best way to combat this is by utilizing a humidifier to restore moisture in the air. We're obsessed with the Canopy humidifier, which uses a fan to push water into the air (so it never becomes a rainforest in your home), and is almost entirely dishwasher safe.