An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works.
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I have noticed that when I leave a place with a humid climate to travel to a place with a drier climate, my entire body dries out. As our bodies dry out, the evidence makes its way to the top layer of our body—our skin. Most of us have had to deal with dry skin at one time or another. If we don't take care of it right away, our dry skin stars to become rough and hard as well. Some areas of your body are more susceptible to this than others, such as the ends of your elbows, the soles of your feet, and the knuckles of your hands. These rough areas can also crack and bleed if they remain untreated.
So, how do you get rid of your rough, dry skin? For some immediate results, exfoliate. You can find an exfoliator in the beauty section at your local store, or search online for some homemade recipes. This will get rid of the rough, upper layer of your skin, exposing the softer layer underneath. Do not attempt to slough off too much dry skin, however, or you may end up with raw, sensitive areas.
After you have exfoliated, it is time to moisturize. Use a heavy moisturizer, such as a strong lotion, or even Vaseline. If you are having long-term problems with dry skin, try to make moisturizing a daily part of your routine. Some recommend applying lotion when you first get out of the shower.
If you are having problems with dry skin on your face, be careful about what moisturizers you are using. Try to use a face-specific, oil-free formula. This should help your skin stay clear and not break out in acne. Also, try a different face-washing routine. Sometimes your face may dry out because the soap you are using is too harsh.
To help prevent dry skin, make sure that you hydrate. Your skin is less likely to get rough and dry if your body is getting the water it needs. Try to drink about eight glasses of water a day, and more if you are exercising heavily or spending a lot of your time outside. Eating a balanced diet will also help your skin stay healthier. Also, if possible, avoid spending too much time in the sun. With these simple changes, you should hopefully see a large improvement in your skin. If you are still having problems, see a dermatologist.