Moisturise – Use a moisturiser daily, use it with your cleansing routine morning and night. Some night creams are stronger which can be applied before bed which penetrate into the skin overnight. Keeping the skin hydrated will help improve the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Dry and tight skin can irritate too and good moisturiser with humectant properties will help improve the dryness and tightness over time.
Fatty Acids – Many foods contain essential fatty acids which add hydration to the skin. These fatty acids add the oils back to the skin which the skin can be lacking. Foods such as salmon. Pumpkin seeds, olive oil and walnuts are all great sources of natural fatty acids.
Baths and Showers – Very hot baths and showers can withdraw the natural moisture from the body impacting the natural skin barrier. Instead try with warm baths and showers which are not too hot. This can decrease the risk of losing moisture from the skin.
Heating / Air con – Heating in the winter months can help you get cosy however this excessive heat can cause reduction of moisture in the body. This causes natural depletion of the moisture in the body. Too much humidity on the skin can impact the natural moisturising factor in turn causing dry, flaky and itchy skin.Similarly in the summer months the air conditioning systems can be too cold therefore causing irritation to the skin by the cold air that they blow.
Shaving – Avoid dry shaving as much as possible, use a shaving foam and gel to help keep the area hydrated. Dry shaving can affect the skin barrier and cause irritation to the skin.
Simple steps such as moisturising and using a moisturiser that is effective and suitable to your skin help the dullness, dryness and flakiness in the skin.