Expert Tips for Avoiding a Dry-Skin Relapse
There are other steps you can take to protect your skin and help keep it from drying out.
Make moisturizing a part of your daily skin-care routine. As soon as you step out of the shower, slather your skin from head to toe with a rich, creamy product (the thicker it is, the richer it is), advises the AAD.
Develop other skin-friendly bathing habits. You should also avoid hot showers and limit baths to 10 minutes, per the AAD. Regular bar soap can contain ingredients that are harsh on your skin, so opt for a mild cleanser or liquid body wash instead.
Avoid exposing your skin to harsh chemicals. That includes alcohol and apple cider vinegar. These ingredients can worsen dry skin and even cause burns in some cases, Shainhouse says.
Drink plenty of water. Boosting your water intake helps hydrate your body and moisturize your skin from the inside out (not to mention all of the other health benefits it carries).
Dress appropriately for the weather. This goes beyond wearing sunscreen in the summer to help protect against not only sunburns but also skin cancer. “Remember to put on your gloves before you go outside into the winter air, to prevent dryness and chapping,” Shainhouse says.