12 Ways To Treat Severe Dry Skin

Hi everyone, In today’s post, I will share some easy tips, tricks and home remedies that you can use to treat the problem of severe dry skin. Most of us suffer from dry and flaky skin at different points of time in the year, but there are some of us who are plagued with severe dry skin that can manifest in skin problems like eczema or xerosis. Whether it is an environmental trigger, lifestyle habit or underlying medical condition, there are many ways in which you can treat severe dry skin. Here are some simple remedies that you can use to treat the problem of severe dry skin.

Treat Dry Skin

1. Apply virgin coconut oil liberally: One of the best skin-loving natural ingredients is coconut oil. Make sure to use the cold-pressed, virgin variant of coconut oil and apply it all over your body or on the affected parts as often as required.

2. Apply emollient right after shower: Don’t wait to apply oil or cream to your skin. Store these moisturizers in your bathroom and apply them to your skin as soon as you finish your shower in order to retain the moisture on your skin.

3. Shower and bath tips: Make sure not to use hot water when taking a bath or shower, as this dries the skin out and leaves it totally dehydrated. Use warm or lukewarm water in the shower, and restrict your shower time to 5-10 minutes. Prolonged exposure to water will dry your skin out further.

4. Wear gloves when outdoors: In order to protect your hands from dryness, make sure to wear gloves when you step out. This is a good practice for both the winter and the summer months, as the harsh sun can also dry your skin out.

5. Use a cream or ointment instead of lotion: Switch up your lotion for a thick, oil-based cream or ointment. Lotions are water-based, while creams and ointments are oil based and helped retain moisture in the skin and help to treat severe dry skin.

6. Use a humidifier in the room: If you live in a dry climate, you could consider using a humidifier in your room to prevent skin dryness.

7. Don’t use scented products: Products that come with artificial scents and fragrances can be very irritating on the skin, and they can dry your skin out even more. Make sure to pick as many fragrance free skincare and makeup products as possible.

8. Apply petroleum jelly to the affected areas: If there is a patch of severe dryness, you can dab some petroleum jelly or Vaseline onto it to help treat it faster.

9. Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated from within is as important as applying topical moisturizers to dry skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water and other hydrating fluids like coconut water and fruit juices throughout the day.

10. Change your diet: Diet also plays a key role in the treatment of severely dry skin. Introduce more fruits, vegetables, antioxidants and omega 3 fats into your diet. Restrict the intake of dehydrating beverages like coffee, cola and alcohol.

11. Wear sunscreen: The sun can dry out and damage your skin in various ways. Always very sunscreen when stepping out of the house. You can pick a moisturizing formula that is suited to dry skin.

12. Don’t wear rough or synthetic fabrics: Lastly, it’s important to avoid wearing fabrics that can further irritate and dry out your skin. Stick to loose fitting, natural fabrics that allow your skin to breathe.

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