Dry Skin to Soft Skin

I have winter skin problems.

If you’ve been reading, you know that I currently have the face of a boy going through puberty. I am sure it is the price I pay to karma for having clear skin all through high school. I thought I was sooooo lucky…

I also have dry skin, especially now with the changing weather and harsh Kansas wind.

Dry faceMake up free and DRY.

Well, I am tired of it! Tired of scaly feet, elbows and knees. Sick of flaking legs and face. Annoyed with a razor burn every time I shave.

Fix. Now. Ugh.

According to the experts, dry skin is hereditary, but we also come in contact with weather, chemicals and products that put our skin in serious dryness jeopardy. Figure out your skin type! Dry like me? Pay attention.

Soft Skin All Over

Skin likes lukewarm water. Hot water robs the skin of moisture, which makes it dry, scaly and rough. Ladies, we need to lay off the hot showers. I know. I don’t like it either.

Use a scrub to slough off dead skin. I use a loofah because I tend to use my body wash as a shaving cream, and those little synthetic bobbles get stuck in my razor.

Hydrating Body WashAveeno Active Naturals smells great, but the body wash isn’t enough to keep my skin soft. Hydrating or not.

However, be careful what soap you use. Anything you wash your hands with outside of your house is bad for your skin. Carry lotion EVERYWHERE.

Moisturizing should be a part of the daily routine – and not just for your face. Apply moisturizer EVERY time your skin gets wets.

Not all moisturizers are equal. For supple, soft skin, use a lotion with smoothing ingredients like salicylic acid or alpha-hydroxy acid.

Aloe Vera, Baby oil and JergensI attempted a triple threat. On my legs, I used baby oil. On my arms, I used aloe vera and on my torso, shoulders and back, I used Jergens Ultra Healing moisturizer.

Which ever one of these makes my skin most soft will win a prize: being used.

Socks are your soft skin secret weapon. After applying foot cream, put socks on to help the cream penetrate dry, cracked feet. (No need for fancy foot fixes. Just use socks!)

I wore socks! Not necessarily for soft foot skin, but, you should see…
This is what happens when I get dressed in the dark. Two DIFFERENT socks.

Heal scraperFoot creamI also used a foot-grater (closely related to the cheese variety) and some thick lotion.

Regular shaving (twice a week), surprisingly enough, keeps skin soft because it removes a layer of dead skin. However, you need to shave right…

Side Note on Shaving

  • Prepare the skin by soaking in warm water.
  • Use shaving gel or cream or soap so the razor can glide more easily across the leg.
  • Using gentle pressure, shave in the opposite direction of the hair’s growth.
  • Pull the skin tight in tough spot to make the hair stand up.
  • Rinse thoroughly, and pat dry. (Do not rub.)
  • Apply moisturizer immediately.

Of course, if you are having luck with your regular shaving routine, I would not switch it up. Do scare your skin!

My shaved legs complain mightily no matter what I do. (Hopefully the baby oil works!)

Back to the skin…

Wear gloves in cold weather. Also, don’t bite your nails. (I bite my nails : / ) Cuticle cream can help with this fantastically icky habit.

I’m working on it, OK?

Cure Dry Skin
Read the full article for acne-prone and oily skin.

In the morning…

Use a cleanser that will remove oil and makeup without disrupting natural moisture levels. Try CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. After cleansing, layer on a hydrating toner or mist before moisturizing. I used to use ProActiv Hydrating Toner, and it was wonderful.

Purifying facial cleanserThis morning I used Neutrogena Naturals. My face felt clean.

Clearasil Acne TreatmentAfter cleansing, I followed with some (drying) acne treatment cream, and then with oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin.

In the evening…

Before bed, load on as must moisturizer as you can! During sleep, our bodies replenish. And, remembering the sock thing, if we are wrapped in blankets, we are helping that moisture penetrate our skin. I lathered up before bed, put on warm sweats and fuzzy purple socks :)

Once a week…

Use a gentle exfoliator only once a week. If you do it too often, the skin might reject the treatment and get even drier. Figures. In my experience, using “natural” stuff, instead of the synthetic, is worse. Chopped up apricot pits can cut skin open. Synthetic balls are smooth. My opinion.

Oh, there’s more?

What do you eat? Salt? Sugar? Well, stop it! Salt is dehydrating and sugar leads to breakouts, which lead to dry skin. Instead, eat healthy fats, such as olive oil, nuts and salmon. Even better? Eat them all at once. Can we say Salmon Salad with Slivered Almonds with Oil and Vinegar? I can say that.

I don’t have that recipe yet, but I totes have this one with tilapia.

What are your skin solutions?

Is there a best razor or shaving gel? Help me out!

Dry skin curesCiao!