Dry skin tips for desert dwellers

Lifestyle | 3 Jun, 2019 |

As we pull out the shorts and sleeveless dresses, some of us will signal more than summer’s arrival: we’ll show just how much desert living impacts our skin.

To counter flaky, scaly skin, the experts at Affiliated Dermatology share this advice:

1. Drink plenty of water

• The more water you drink, the more likely your skin cells will stay hydrated.

• The old rule of thumb was to drink 64 ounces per day (roughly equal to a two-liter bottle) but it really depends on your size and activities. A better goal may be to drink between a half-ounce and one ounce for every pound you weigh. So, a 140-pound person would aim for between 70 and 140 ounces of water per day.

2. Avoid long, hot showers

• Too much hot water can strip away skin’s natural oils. Try lukewarm instead and limit showers to ten minutes.

• Immediately after bathing, pat skin (don’t rub skin rub dry) and apply moisturizer to lock in water.

3. Use correct products

• Some cleansers may be too harsh and strip your skin’s natural barrier.

• Avoid products that contain alcohol, which can be drying. Opt for a mild, noncomedogenic cleanser, which is formulated to not block pores.

• It may be tempting to slather on a heavy moisturizer but depending on your skin, a lighter, hydrating lotion may be more beneficial during summer.

4. Exfoliate

• Using scrubs to slough off dry, dead cells can increase blood circulation, unclog pores and improve skin appearance.

• Exfoliation can also help skincare products penetrate more deeply.

5. Wear Sunscreen

• Every day, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.

• Most adults need about one ounce (equivalent to a shot glass) to cover their body.

• Cover all exposed skin, including neck, ears, and top of head.

• Reapply every two hours when outdoors and immediately after swimming or sweating.

6. Protect Lips

Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.

• Consider natural balms to moisturize and hydrate like beeswax and extra virgin olive oil.

• To prevent drying, avoid licking lips.

7. Towel off

• Alcohol-free facial wipes can provide a quick cleanse without drying out skin.

• Some wipes focus on cleansing while others have moisturizing formulas.

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