How to Repair Dry Skin and Actually Stop Suffering with Painful Irritated Skin
Suffering dry skin can be so debilitating, especially during the cold winter months.
You know the feeling when the cracks start appearing and your dry skin is crying out for nourishment, but you’re forced to use that alcohol-based sanitiser one more time (thanks Covid!). The cracks give way to bleeding and you can’t ignore it any longer!
It’s time to take care of your skin and start healing.
Thankfully, there are a few things that can help return your dry skin back to the hydrated happly and healthy skin you know and love.
8 Ways to Repair Dry Skin
1. Avoid Long Hot Showers and Baths
Take short showers and stick to warm water to save your skin’s top protective layer. Hot showers are harsh on skin and can remove the natural oils that protect your skin and keep it hydrated. When the humidity drops, keep baths or shower to under 10 minutes and wash with a fragrance-free cleanser. Avoid the drying effects of sulphates found in most soaps. Afterwards, gently pat your skin dry with a towel.
2. Go Sulphate free
Sulphates can be found in handwash, soaps, body wash, cleansers, dishwashing liquid and more. They are often found in the ingredients list as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) or ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS) and can cause eczema flair ups, dermatitis and itchy sore skin. Switch to sulphate free alternatives and avoid overly exposing your skin to the drying effects of Sulphates.
3. Moisturise Often
After bathing, apply moisturising creams to your skin that contain Jojoba Oil like Kadee Botanicals Body Lotion or Hydrating Day & Night Cream. The Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E to heal dry skin while mimicking your skin natural sebum. Moisturising your hands especially after using alcohol based sanitizer or washing your hands can help to repair the spaces between your skin cells and hydrate your damp skin. Avoid further irritation by moisturising with alcohol free and fragrance free skincare.
To moisturise your face and neck, use Kadee Botanicals Hydrating Day & Night Cream with its gentle ingredients that are rich in antioxidants to repair skin from Kakadu Plum (vitamin C), Jojoba Oil (vitamin E) and Organic Rosehip Oil (vitamin A).
4. Use a Humidifier
As dry, hot indoor air can further dry your skin and increase itching and flaking, consider using a humidifier in doors. During the colder months, using a humidifier and setting it to 60% may be enough to replenish the top layer of your skin.
5. Don’t Rub
During your shower or bath, avoid rubbing your skin while washing with bath sponges, scrub brushes or washcloths. Dry fragile skin needs a gentle touch. Pat or blot your skin when washing or drying to allow your skin time to repair.
6. Neutralise the Itch
Scratching, while in the moment may feel good, but can hurt the upper layer of your skin in the long term. Don’t give in to the temptation to scratch by lathering your moisturiser on your skin. Use a cold pack or compress when the itch is too overwhelming.
7. Check your Laundry
Sometimes that dry skin itch is due to what’s going on in your laundry. Check your laundry detergent ingredients. Artificial fragrances have been known to irritate skin. Switch to a sensitive laundry detergent and avoid fabric softeners.
8. Exfoliate once a week
Exfoliating your skin helps to remove the top dead layer of flaky dead tissue to reveal the new skin underneath that you want the antioxidants in your moisturising cream to reach. Yet, exfoliating daily is a huge no no when your skin is dry. Use an gentle exfoliator like Kadee Botanicals Renewing Exfoliant Mask and apply the AHA and BHA formulation to your skin without rubbing. While the tea tree, lactic acid and salicylic acid goes to work to revitalise your skin, the moisturising effect of avocado oil, jojoba oil and olive oil enriches your skin with antioxidants and calendula calms an repairs your skin. Follow with the organic rosehip oil and Kakadu plum goodness of Kadee Botanicals Hydrating Day & Night Cream
Knowing how debilitating dry skin can be, Kadee Botanicals skincare is formulated without the irritating harmful ingredients (that are often the culprits) – sulphates, artificial fragrances, artificial colours, petrochemicals and mineral oils. Instead, all Kadee Botanicals skincare is made using antioxidant rich plants that love your skin – Kakadu Plum, Lilly Pilly, Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil and other nourishing and vitamin rich plants.