Keeping skin moisturized is key to delaying fine lines and wrinkles in years to come. Make sure the skin is patted dry with a towel and treated with care. Right after showering is the best time to put on lotions and moisturizes because the skin will naturally lock the moisture into the surface. For optimal hydration, rub on a rich cream that contains ingredients such as soothing ceramide for sensitive skin, or urea, lactic acid, dimethicone, or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) for very dry skin.
Watch out for products that will dry out your skin. When going shopping for a body wash, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients, so don’t just grab any bar of soap. Most soaps have detergents that are harsh on the skin and are more likely to remove moisture than replenish it. Cleansers without soap can actually help get your skin cleaner with a lesser chance of dryness. Certain exfoliants and scrubs should also be avoided on a regular basis, as they are more for a once-a-week cleaning to pull out any dirt and grime deep within the pores. Since the skin on your face is more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, you want to keep softness to the face by using a gentler wash than you would on your legs and feet.
Avoid any products that are labeled with a fragrance. Make sure they are dye-free and specially formulated for sensitive skin. Aside from showering, watch out for what you’re wearing. The fabric or the fabric softener you could be wearing, or even the detergent you’re washing your clothes in could be irritants to the skin. Also, make sure you are adjusting to your skin’s needs. With colder weather, goes the loss of humidity levels. Humidity helps keep moisture locked into the skin, so many patients start to complain about dry and itchy skin when it gets colder out. Turning up the thermostat doesn’t help, either. Instead you’re just circulating fake heat that strips moisture from the air, so imagine what it’s doing to your skin.
Avoid steamy showers that may feel good to the body at first, but are really just sucking the moisture and natural oils out of the skin quicker. Instead, keep it lukewarm and follow a regular damp skin moisturizing session right after a wash.