Healthy skin is visibly soft, supple, and moisturized. But when it loses moisture after skipping frequent application of creams and lotions and drinking plenty of water, skin can become visibly unhealthy by looking dry, and scaly. Severely dry skin can even begin to crack! When your skin is so dry that it forms gaping, painful cracks you need to add moisture, stat.
Dry Skin Solution No. 1: Baths and Soaks
Mere water will strip your skin of its natural, essential oils. But that doesn’t mean that soaks and baths can’t still be soothing for dry, cracked skin — you just have to add back those moisturizing oils your skin craves.
Adding a few drops of a natural oil, like mineral, almond, or avocado oil, will help heal dry, cracked skin. Add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Oil to hydrate damaged skin during a relaxing soak in the tub. Active ingredients include Mineral Oil, Licorice Extract, Germ Oil, Soybean, and Annatto Oil to replenish the skin with natural substances to rid the sink of dryness. However, it’s important to limit those baths and showers to only a short time, no longer than 5 to 10 minutes with water that is only warm, not hot — hot water will only dry out the skin more. Adding oatmeal or baking soda to the bath — about one cup for a tub full of water — will also assist in soothing the skin and locking in moisture.
Dry Skin Solution No. 2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
As soon as you get out of the bath, gently pat skin dry with a towel — don’t rub or remove all of the water. Next, apply a few drops of a natural oil, such as our Skin Beautifying Oil that can be applied to bath water or directly on the skin, or a rich moisturizing cream all over your body. This will help seal the moisture in. Clear Essence Skincare Collections offer many moisturizing lotions and creams to keep skin feeling silky and smooth all day. Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk is an all-over moisturizer which can also be applied to the face to create a flawless skin tone by fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This velvety, creamy formula also hydrates skin leaving it supple. Clear Essence Skincare Solutions also includes the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15. This body lotion is thicker and contains all natural ingredients and adds an abundance of moisture to dry areas. We recommend using the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion to maintain even skin tones that have been achieved using other Clear Essence Skincare Products. Our formula contains SPF 15 to help keep the skin protected from the sun and your complexion even.
For VERY dry, cracked skin, petroleum jelly is also an inexpensive option. Rub in the petroleum jelly and let it saturate the skin; if cracks are on the hands or feet, smear those areas well and cover them with cotton gloves or socks to hold the petroleum jelly in place overnight while you sleep.
Dry Skin Solution No. 3: Pumice With Caution
In general, pumicing or filing dry, cracked skin isn’t a good idea.
Limit the use of pumice stones and similar tools when dealing with damaged skin. Also only use these type of treatments on heels and feet. On feet, where there’s repeated trauma, dead skin can build up. That is where pumice stones or files can remove extra layers of dead cells so that the moisturizing cream can fully penetrate the layers of the skin.
Dry Skin Solution No. 4: Super Glue
Dermatologists actually recommend using a dab of Super Glue on cracked skin to promote healing and prevent further drying or splitting. The active ingredient is the same as that of liquid bandages and other medical adhesives used to close cuts and wounds.
First, make sure the skin crack is cleaned. Then, squeezing the edges of the crack together, apply a bit of Super Glue — enough to hold it closed. Hold the edges together until the glue dries to make sure the crack doesn’t open.
The best medicine for dry, cracked skin is prevention. To prevent painfully dry, cracked skin, apply a daily moisturizer, such as Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk or My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion, all over the body. With daily use, your skin will thank you during the harsh winter season.