Did you know that at any given time your body contains about two pounds of dry skin? Whether you’re looking for health benefits or just want to have super smooth skin, dry brushing is a technique that’s been around for ages which helps eliminate dry skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft, while improving circulation and decreasing the appearance of cellulite. (To find out how to do it yourself, just keep reading.)
- Chad Hayduk of Three Custom Color Specialists says to avoid matte or long-wearing lip color. "They have fewer moisturizing ingredients and can dry the lips," he says. "Instead, choose a lip gloss or moisturizing sheer lipstick." He recommends Simply Beautiful Sheer Lipstick ($21.50).
- Check the ingredients on your lip balm. Menthol, camphor, and salicylic acid are in many lip-healing treatments, but they dry lips out further.
- If you don't have a good balm, use your under-eye cream on your lips, let it set, and then put the lipstick over that. Your lipstick will go on smoother and your lips will look fuller.
- Skip the lip liner; it may keep your color in place, but it's also incredibly drying.
- Use a moisturizing lipstick primer, like Pop Beauty Lip Magnet Primer ($15). Primers fill in fine lines, protect lips, smooth things out, and keep your color on longer.
Perhaps you caught my first installment of great cleansers for different skin types, which focused on the oily-prone, and now it's time to put the spotlight on those of you who experience dry, flaky, and/or patchy skin. I'm guessing that right now, many of you are having a bout with seasonal dryness, but fret no more. I've scoured through our Product Reviews website for some inspiration to dig up five highly rated products. The best part? Most of them are inexpensive. Score!
- Avoid licking your lips. Saliva will momentarily add moisture but it will evaporate, making your lips even drier. Also, your saliva contains some digestive enzymes, which will irritate sore lips even more.
- Keep your lips moisturized with lip balm. Ones with beeswax, such as Burt's Bees Lip Balm, are soothing and long lasting. If you're outside a lot, use tinted lip balms with SPF to keep your lips protected from sun exposure, which can also dry them out.
- Add moisture to the air you breathe with a humidifier. Keep it running in your bedroom while you sleep, since a heated home can cause you to wake up with dry lips that will crack when you yawn. Youch!
To find out what other ways you can prevent dry, cracked lips read more
As the weather gets windier and chillier, most of us will fight a round or two with dry skin. And while the weather is partially responsible, a lot of products you use every day, some of which are intended to stave off dryness, actually dehydrate your skin. To find out what could be chapping you, just read more.
- Lip balm. Yup, you might love them, but these little beauties commonly have ingredients like menthol and camphor, both of which actually dry out lips even more.
- Hand sanitizer. The alcohol in them and lack of water can dry your hands out and make your nails brittle.
- Fragranced hand lotion. The problem with lotion isn't the product itself, but constant reapplication. You only need to put it on once or twice a day. More than that and you can injure your skin's moisture barrier by constantly taking it from dry to wet.
- Warm water. A piping hot shower feels great when everything around you is freezing, but it strips your skin of its natural oils, drying it and making it more vulnerable.
- High-lathering soaps. It's really satisfying to work up a good lather, but the surfactants that make some products so bubbly actually dry your skin instead of soothing it.
Colder weather means dry skin, and for me, my hands and cuticles are the worst since I'm constantly washing my hands. Here's a soothing and inexpensive remedy you can treat yourself to at home. If you suffer from dry skin on your feet, you can use this treatment on your tootsies too.
To learn how to heal your dry skin keep reading
If you want to do your largest organ a favor, aim to be under the water for less than 10 minutes, and opt for warm water instead of a steaming hot stream. When you get out of the shower, pat yourself dry (don't rub), and then immediately moisturize your skin to seal in the moisture.
I'm sometimes flaky (my skin, that is). Winter can cause peeling patches on my legs so, for the past three weeks, I've been testing a new product for extremely dry skin – Biotherm Baume Ultra Riche.
When squeezing the tube, I was first surprised how thick the cream felt (a dime-sized amount covered my entire leg and foot). It's rich with omega fats – which cut inflammation and irritation – and nourishing shea butter. I can definitely notice a difference in looks and appearance. This body balm lives up to its claim of intensive repairing and nourishment, but, be forewarned, it also includes apricot oil and pulp. This helps skin retain elasticity, clarity, and suppleness with an accompanying fruity aroma. At $23, the lotion's on the pricier side for this economy. But, since a little goes such a long way, I'd say it's worth the investment.