7 Things You’re Doing That’s Making Your Skin Dry AF

Bodies are weird, and the sooner you accept this fact, the sooner you’ll be able to tackle its weirdness without losing your mind. So today we’re going to take on dry skin. Now, to emphasize the whole “bodies are weird” sentiment, check this out: I’ve never really understood why the skin on my face is a total oil slick, while the skin on the rest of my body was often scaly, ashy, and just plain ol’ dry. Like, what gives? If you’re in the same boat, here’s the deal: The skin on our face has a higher concentration of sweat glands, oil glands, and hair follicles. Throw some overactive glands in close proximity and bam, you’re got a shiny face. Plus, the skin on the rest of our bodies often doesn’t get as much attention as the skin on our face. Let’s be real, a lot of us are more concerned about moisturizing our face than our legs, so are we all that surprised when our knees and elbows look a little–er–sad.

But the easiest explanation is that, well, bodies are weird, and regardless of how oily or not so oily your face is, many of us suffer from dry skin–legs, arms, etc. This becomes especially apparent when the weather cools down. Unfortunately, you can lather up on lotion as much as you want, but you’ll still have to deal with dry skin a lot more than you should if you keep doing these seven things. From showering too much to avoiding exfoliation, find out what you need to tweak in your daily routine so that your skin won’t look like a desert.

You're Taking Long, Hot Showers On The Regular

Um, I can't be the only person guilty of this. Look, they feel good, especially after a long day. But the truth is that those long, hot, steamy showers are depleting your skin of any and all moisture, especially if you take one every day. Either shorten your showers, turn down the heat, or shower every other day sometimes. Your skin will thank you.

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You're Not Moisturizing Your Skin To Begin With

Yeah, yeah, yeah, your body wash touts itself as having "moisture beads" and being packed with "advanced hydration technology" and "ribbons of coconut milk and aloe" and all these other over the top descriptors. That's all well and good, but that alone won't keep your skin moist. If you aren't moisturizing your skin whatsoever, then you're part of your own problem! Shop around for a lotion or cream that you like and make sure to use it every day.

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You're Using Lotions Instead Of Creams

Lotions and creams are totally different things. While both can absolutely be effective in moisturizing your skin, it's important to note that lotion tends to be thinner and lighter than creams; this means that they're suitable whenever your skin is feeling normal and not super dehydrated. Creams, on the other hand, tend to be thicker and heavier, often coming in jars instead of squeeze tubes like lotions. Creams tend to offer better protection for dry skin, so if you're only using lotions right now, you might want to consider switching it up.

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You're Not Moisturizing Your Skin Properly

Are you moisturizing your skin after showering, but still aren't getting results? Maybe you aren't doing it in the most effective way! You can't just towel off, chill out for a while, and then remember to hydrate your legs, like, thirty minutes later. The best way to let moiture lock into your skin is to apply your preferred lotion or cream as soon as you get out of the shower and your skin is still slightly damp. So lightly towel dry your skin instead of rubbing it dry to absolute oblivion.


Your Soap Is Too Harsh

We talk a lot about avoiding cleaners that are too harsh for your face, but the same rule applies to the rest of your skin, too. If your skin tends to end up looking scaly after a shower, your body wash might have an ingredient that your body just doesn't agree with. Try to find cleansers that are either fragrance free or soap free; your skin will still get clean, just without harsh chemicals.


You'd Rather Crank Up The Heat Than Bundle Up

In the wintertime you're super susceptible to dry skin, and it's not just because the weather outside is so dry. The culprit is inside your warm, toasty house, too. When you crank up the volume or chill out in front of the fireplace for hours on end, you're zapping moisture out of your body like crazy. When you can, bundle up with blankets and coats more often. And whether you go down that route or not, consider getting a humidifier for your bedroom. The air will be a lot more habitable for you skin that way.



You're Not Treating A More Serious Skin Problem

Have you tried everything, and yet you're still stuck with dry, scaly skin? Maybe you have more than just a dry skin issue. You could have something like eczema. Go to your doctor or dermatologist and see what's up, they could prescribe you something that will actually do the trick.


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