A company (I can't remember which one) had a commercial years ago that likened dry skin to an alligator's skin. During the winter months, that can be quite common as the dry air can be brutal on your skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking healthy:
- Take shorter showers and watch the water temperature. Hot water can dry your skin out so stick with lukewarm.
- Exfoliate at least periodically. You don't have to buy an expensive product. A quick search on Pinterest offers many DIY recipes with things you probably have in your cupboard. Exfoliation helps remove the dry dead skin cells while providing moisture to your skin.
- Only use soap in the hot spots (pits, groin area) unless you were at the gym and super sweaty. Most days, you probably don't need to soap up your entire body and a quick wipe with water will do the trick. Soap is drying to the skin.
- After getting out of the shower, towel pat your skin, leaving some moisture. Then moisturize with lotion or oils to lock in the moisture.
- Eat your way to better skin. Make sure you have plenty of antioxidants in your diet (think tangerines, sweet potatoes, peppers, citrus fruits, cherries, spinach, olives, and grapes to name a few). You are looking for vitamins C and E, Selenium and CoQ10 in your foods. According to WebMD, free radical damage is a factor behind dry skin. Also consider essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s in your diet. They naturally replenish your skin's protective oils. Olive and canola oils, salmon, albacore tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed (oil or ground) are good sources.