Dry skin cures that work fast according to an expert

Because winter is here and it's creating skin dramas!

Full disclosure. Winter peeves me. It's cold. Obviously. But worse the days are short and everything is harder.

Worse, my usually reliable skin gets dry and irritated. I kind of too. But, the good news is that sorting your skin out during the chilly months is nowhere as tricky as you might think. Yes, as the temperature drops, our skin becomes dry and our skin barrier is often compromised. And also yes, during this time, it is essential to apply skincare products that will genuinely relieve dryness and restore the skin’s barrier.

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But if you do that, plus make a few a couple of other small adjustments, your ski can be as soft, smooth and lovely as ever, says dermatologist Dr Neal Bhatia.

The good doctor, who works with the skincare brand CeraVe, says we can have the best skin of our lives if we do the following: 

Showering and bathing can affect our skin, so…

We recommend to have no longer than a 5-minute shower with lukewarm water, and to apply lotion right after you are done, when your skin is still wet. This gives the lotion a better chance to spread and penetrate further.

Ingredients people should look for in a formulation to increase skin hydration include …

The important ingredients a moisturiser should contain are ingredients with physiological lipids that will intercalate (that's fancy doctor talk for penetrate) into the barrier of the skin and repair it, not just sit on top of it.

Ingredients people with dry skin should avoid are …

Firstly, a lot of fragrance. Also, products with antioxidants or retinol can act at as an irritant, even though they are beneficial in the long run. If you're using this style of products but have hypersensitive skin, ensure you are moisturising more frequently to avoid irritation.

CeraVe Lotion

Cult classic - the CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion, $21.99.

Founded in 2005, CeraVe has emerged as the #1 dermatologist recommended moisturising brand for dry skin in the United States.

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