With winter quickly approaching, temperatures drop and sharp winds blow. In case you’ve never noticed, winter weather can dry out a man’s skin, but that can happen in any season. There are many of us who suffer through having dry skin most of the year.
However, dry skin can be an easy fix. It may cost you a couple of extra bucks and some added time, but it will be better than the irritating redness that comes from dry skin. So, here are the seven best ways to treat dry skin.
1. Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Obviously, you need to keep your skin hydrated, which is with a moisturizer. Begin by finding a favorite lotion, oil or butter, which you can find at any drugstore. Make sure you apply it at least once a day, or whenever your skin begins to feel tight or dry. The best time to apply moisturizer is after you shower, since this will lock in moisture into skin cells.
2. Take a Warm Shower
Speaking of showering, you should steer clear of a hot shower, no matter how unpleasant that sounds. Hot water will strip the essential moisture and oil from your skin. Instead, take a lukewarm shower. Also, try and limit your shower time to under 15 minutes, which shouldn’t be a probably for us guys.
3. Skip the Bars of Soap
Use gentle, liquid body wash when showering. Body wash will not dry your skin out as much as a bar of soap will.
4. Pat Dry, Don’t Rub Dry
Also, when getting out of the shower, make sure you pat yourself dry, as opposed to rubbing the towel harshly all over. This will retain moisture in your skin.
5. Shave Correctly
We’ve talked about the proper to shave numerous times, so take a minute and check it out. But in a nutshell, make sure you shave when you’re face is warm (like after a shower). Shave with the grain and follow-up with patting your face with cold water. Just make sure to moisturize your skin before, during, and after shaving.
6. Drink Plenty of Water
If it’s colder outside you may not want or feel like you need to drink water. It’s easy to dehydrate yourself and that includes your skin cells. Drink plenty of water to hydrate skin cells from inside out.
7. Eat Certain Foods
Finally, there are several types of food that will assist with keeping your skin hydrated. Oily fish, like sardines, mackerel, and fresh tuna, contain fatty acids which can calm inflammation and retain moisture in your skin. Nuts and seeds have Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A and E, which are antioxidants and will help with supple skin.
You can also incorporate avocado, spinach, and extra virgin olive oil into your diet. They contain Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as “good fats” and iron. All of these will keep your skin healthy and hydrated.