When it comes to dry skin, the irritation and discomfort can be enough to impact our day-to-day living. It’s one thing to have your confidence drop, but did it also have to hurt too? Dry skin gets a little deeper than a bit of discomfort; it’s often an early sign of damaging skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema or even psoriasis if left untreated.
If you’re looking for dry skin solutions, worry not, there’s good news ahead! Dry skin conditions tend to respond really well to specially formulated products that effectively locks in your skin’s moisture (like Rosken Dry Skin Cream). Other ways to combat dry skin conditions are lifestyle and environmental changes–– so while there’s nothing wrong with the occasional hot shower, it’s not always the best for your dry skin.
So how do we soothe dry skin with the right shower routine? Read on!
1. WATER MATTERS
Before everything else, the temperature of the water can have an effect on your skin. One way to soothe dry skin is to use warm, not hot water. Hot water affects your skin by drying it out–– it damages the surface of the skin (or the keratin cells if you want to get specific) and prevents it from locking in moisture effectively. As a result, this causes the cracks and fissures associated with dry skin, which can be seriously uncomfortable (or prone to infection) if not treated right.
But no one likes a cold shower, so make sure your water is just right: a warm temperature! And limit the amount of time you spend in the shower too! 5 to 10 minutes is sufficient to get cleaned.
2. SOAP IT UP
When picking out the right kind of soap for your shower time, you want to make sure it can help repair dry skin. Try and use products specially formulated for dry or sensitive skin (we recommend Rosken Dry Skin Wash). These products often feature ingredients that help boost your skin’s moisture levels, while still leaving a fresh and clean feeling afterwards.
Even the way we finish off our shower matters. If your skin still feels irritated after a shower, one other thing you can do to help your skin is to pat yourself dry. Do not wipe!When your skin is still damp, apply topical medication (if you need them) and wait for a few minutes before applying any dry skin products like moisturisers.
4. TOWEL IT OFF
When drying off, keep in mind that the detergent you use for your towel has the potential to make the dryness in your skin worse. A lot of off-the-shelf detergents contain dyes and fragrances that can be especially irritating to dry skin.
To keep your skin extra safe after a nice shower, try using a gentler formula for your detergent, or use products marked as being suitable for sensitive skin.
5. GIVING YOUR SKIN A BREAK
Now that you’re out of the shower and done with the laundry, it’s time to enjoy the rest of the evening. But how do you repair irritated skin once all has been said and done? Your environment after a shower matters too
One dry skin solution is to wear light, breathable and natural fibers for your clothing, like high-quality cotton. Materials like that not only last much longer, but they’re also very gentle on the skin.
Also consider minimizing the use of an air-conditioner and investing in a humidifier to help soothe irritated skin, especially after hot and dry weather.
Now that we’ve learned some of the ways to repair dry skin, it’s important that you take extra care when it comes to the shower. That being said, investing in really good moisturisers and other dry skin products can greatly improve your skin condition.
Rosken Skin Repair Specialists recommend our range of skin repair products that are formulated to increase your skin’s natural moisture, soothing irritation and repairing dry and damaged skin.
Learn more about our products here.