How I Keep My Dry Skin Smooth and Supple

Posted 02/16/12 at 09:50AM by Rebekah George

It happens like clockwork -- this time of year, I get dry skin. And I'm not talking a little scratchy and rough. My skin becomes as parched as a desert. Sound familiar? Well, I've tried every lotion and potion out there and I've found it's not just about what you use, it's about how you use it. So here's my personal (tried and true) Rebekah Marie George smooth-skin strategy:

Step 1: Banish long, hot showers. It's sad, but true. Long showers (anything longer than three minutes) dry out your skin (and are environmentally unfriendly too). Hot water is like rubbing salt into a wound. So keep them short and cool.
Step 2: Close the bathroom door and keep it shut post-shower. Why? Any and all steam will help keep your skin moist before you apply lotion. It's a super easy tip that really works.

Step 3: Speaking of lotion, apply it as soon as you get out of the shower while your skin is still a little damp. That's right, don't rub yourself dry with a towel, just lightly pat yourself down and slather on a lotion like Olay Quench Ultra Moisture Body Lotion, $4.99 to help lock and seal in any and every bit of moisture that's on your skin.

Step 4: Eat almonds. I kid you not. I've experimented and, thanks to their Omega 3 fats, eating just a few during the day helps my skin stay smoother. Not a fan of almonds? Try getting your Omega 3 fatty acids by eating fish.

Step 5: Reapply lotion in the p.m. Applying lotion once a day doesn't keep my skin from feeling dry, so I also have a nighttime lotion routine where I layer them on. I start with a serum type lotion or oil like Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil, $14.99. Then, I slather on a heavier moisturizing cream like Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk Comforting Body Cream, $30. Here's why: The layering really helps lock in the moisture and your skin is better able to "accept" products at night when your cells are busy regenerating. That's why they call it beauty sleep (well, that's what I think anyway).

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1-6 of 15 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/29/12 at 03:06pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/15/12 at 08:53am

    It is that time of year for parched, dry skin and these tips are perfect! I always make my showers luke warm, pat down my body, and then slather on Philosophy Body Lotion and then a layer on a thick layer of the Bliss Body Butter in Vanilla Bergamot to seal it all in! I can't stand the itchy, tight, scaly skin of this time of year! If I am crazy dry, I will apply a light layer of Josie Maran's Argan Oil for immediate absorption and then lock that in with my lotion and body butter. Thanks Again!

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 03/10/12 at 09:23pm

    nicee

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 03/10/12 at 09:23pm

    niceee

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  • Posted by ALarck on 03/05/12 at 10:35am

    In these cold MN winters my hands look like a crocodiles. Thanks for the tips. I would always take a really hot shower when I'm cold.

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  • Posted by peachtone on 03/04/12 at 08:32pm

    I don't follow/do any of these things, and maybe thats why my skin isn't the way I want it to be. Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to save this page and try them! (:

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