I, like many people, suffer from dry skin and struggle to maintain a clear complexion. There is nothing worse than sporting flakes of skin on your shoulders or uneven textures on your face. Fortunately, I have found some ways to hydrate my skin, reduce irritation and minimize flaking. I have broken down my dry skin solutions into categories by problem areas.
Shaving irritates the skin regardless and can cause: redness, itchiness, razor burn, ingrown hairs, and bumps. If you have dry skin it’s an even bigger nightmare. I use a razor that is sensitive to the touch yet still sharp enough to cut through my strong hair follicles. There are a lot of razors on the market that advertises these claims, yet I have tried many and found them to be untrue. After much searching, I discovered Harry’s. Harry’s makes the most effective, sensitive and quality razor I have tried. Not only is my shave smooth and my skin unbothered, but the process of ordering from Harry’s is easy and inexpensive. This is not sponsored (I wish it was) so you can trust that I am giving an honest review.
Where to buy: harrys.com
Average price: $15 for a razor, blades, and gel / $16 for 8 replacement blades
To pair with my razor, I use shaving gel. I have tried shaving creams, oils, and soaps without luck. In my experience, shaving gel helps the razor glide down the skin much easier, minimizing any irritation. My favorite product is Gillette Series 3x Action Shave Gel. It comes in a blue bottle with a blue lid and squeezes out cautiously to not make a mess.
Where to buy: CVS
Average price: $3.99
One of my best-kept secrets is Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads. Tea Tree Oil has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine to treat many different ailments. I use one pad at night before bed to remove the dirt and oils from the day. The buildup of these can clog pores and directly impact your skin’s health. I use the brand Desert Essence. Their pads are grooved (I could not think of a better word) so they clean out those tougher areas, while simultaneously infusing the skin with tea tree oil to calm psoriasis with its anti-bacterial properties. It’s an absolute must for everyone. Also, seeing the white pad turned brown after is so satisfying. You don’t realize much dirt your face encounters by way of debris each day.
Where to buy: Amazon
After cleansing my face, I moisturize with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin. It is fragrance-free, dye-free, and contains hyaluronic acid as well as water. My skin immediately feels hydrated, cool, and refreshed after application. Its ingredients reduce flaking all over my face, including my eyebrows. You can use this cream on other dry areas as well, not just your face. It’s by far one of my favorite products to use.
Where to buy: Amazon
Average price: $14.99
Many are plagued with dandruff, which is flakes of skin peeling from the scalp. I too am plagued with an atypical version of dandruff… it’s not so much a snowstorm of white flakes but fewer larger pieces. Nevertheless, still unfortunate, embarrassing and annoying. Again, I have tried many different brands that advertise solutions to dandruff with little luck. My experimentation with dandruff ridding shampoo really brought a new meaning to trial and error. I won’t disparage any brands as they may still be effective for others. An effective brand, but unpleasant, is T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula. I say unpleasant because it smells and feels weird. However, a little conditioner can correct that.
Where to buy: Amazon
Average price: $9.49
I live in Los Angeles so occasional sunburn is not uncommon. Forget the rash, the discomfort, itchiness, and hot temperature under the skin is horrible. Another side effect of sunburn is peeling, which can really do damage to someone with dry skin already. As a remedy, I immediately apply Aloe Vera gel to the affected areas. Trader Joe’s brand is a moisturizer using leaf juice extracted from Aloe leaves.
Where to buy: Trader Joe’s
Average price: $18.99
The best treatments for dry skin are eliminating stress, removing foods our bodies are allergic to, decreasing caffeine intake, and finding products that do not irritate our skin further. I would also suggest seeing a dermatologist. Mine has prescribed a few topical medications to help with my psoriasis, unfortunately they will not cure it.
Let me know if you have any additional dry skin solutions and if these suggestions work for you.
- harry’s: harrys.com
- Desert Essence: http://browpicz.pw/
- Hydro boost: www.sammymakessix.com
- Aloe: popsugar.com