The 5 Best Ways to Banish Dry Skin Forever

Banish Dry Skin With These Dry Skin Remedies

Dry skin isn't mandatory, no matter the season or the location. Here are some easy things that you can change in your daily routine that will make a big difference to the health of your skin. Follow these five dry skin remedies and see how quickly your skin makes a turn-around.

Updated by Hanah Tetro

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Watch the Temperature of Your Bath and Shower Water

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If you're anything like me, you love a hot, hot bath. While it may feel relaxing, it's not good for your skin. Hot water can strip the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched, dry and scaly.

As hard as it may be, use warm water instead of hot water when you shower or take a bath, and limit your bath to 15 minutes at the most. When you shower, the less time under the water the better. You shouldn't have to wipe the steam off the mirror when you step out of the shower. You'll notice that your skin is less dry if you play it safe and limit the time spent in the shower and also change the temperature of the water you use. You can even moisturize your skin right in the shower with a product like NIVEA In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion.

And as a side note, that hot water is going to make your hair frizzy and dry. It's best to rinse your hair in cool water.

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Skip the Bubbles

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Who doesn't love a bubble bath? It's something that most of us have grown up with, and many of us love bubble baths even as adults. A few caps full of bubbles is almost a ritual for some. But did you know that many of the bubbles you put in your bath will strip your skin of the oils your dry skin so desperately needs?

Instead of using a bubble bath, find soothing oatmeal or milk powder that will enhance your bath experience, and forget the bubbles. Another product you could try is a bath oil. A cap full of oil when added to your bath water will leave your skin even more hydrated than before you hopped in, so you may even be able to skip the moisturizer afterwards.

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Correct Your Shaving Mistakes

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You probably have heard the age-old advice to shave in the direction of your hair growth for safe shaving. And while that's a nice thought, realistically, most people shave in the opposite direction of hair growth to get the closest shave.

If you want the safest shave, go with your hair growth. If you just can't follow that rule, make sure you follow these shaving tips:

  • Use a moisturizing shaving gel or cream. The $1 bottle at the drug store is likely to leave your skin dry and more susceptible to nicks.
  • Look for a product that offers moisturizing components such as aloe and essential oils.
  • Skip the ones that have alcohol listed in their top few ingredients.

You can always use hair conditioner in a pinch for a close, nick-free shave.

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Pat Dry, Don't Rub Dry

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When you get out of the shower or bath and grab your towel, gently pat the water off your skin instead of rubbing your skin dry. This will save your skin the misery of "towel abuse" most men (and some women) habitually inflict on their skin.

By patting your skin dry (or gently rubbing), your skin will be able to retain more of the moisture you're going to seal in with our next step: body moisturizer.

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Never Ever Skip the Moisturizer

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The very most important step to remember is to moisturize every single time you get out of the shower or bath. It is never OK to skip, so find a favorite lotion, body butter, or body oil and keep it in your bathroom within arm's reach.

When you skin has been dried off, it's important to seal in the moisture from the shower, and the quicker you do this after your shower, the better your skin will look and feel. And if your moisturizer of choice is a body oil, it's actually best to apply it to damp skin. Make sure you are careful since spilled oil will make your tub or floor very slippery. Never wait more than 10 minutes after you get out of the shower or bath to moisturize your skin. The sooner you get that hydrating product on, the better.