A big part of your day can be spent in making your skin look and feel great – but all the rigours of a hair removal and beauty routine can come to nought if your skin is not cared for. Skin that becomes dry begins to flake and develops a scaly pattern. Dry skin is also vulnerable to painful cracks. The following simple steps can ensure that your skin stays hydrated and is always in good health.
Drink Lots of Water
This is fairly obvious: the more water you drink, the more water is available to your skin. At least eight glasses of water are recommended per day.
Shorten your Showers
Water can also dehydrate your skin – how’s that for a strange relationship? But it’s not the water itself, it’s the temperature and steam coming off hot water that can dry the skin. This happens when the skin’s outer oily layer breaks down, thus making it difficult to keep the moisture in. So while long and hot showers might soothe your nerves, they are actually bad for the skin.
Another reason for dry skin is the lack of moisture in the environment. Dry air makes skin moisture evaporate more quickly, so the indoor environment must be humid to a certain extent. You can use a humidifier if the weather is dry, or you can switch one on while you sleep so your skin can soak up moisture.
Regular exfoliation is a good habit to have, because it removes dead skin cells, trapped dirt and grime on the skin. So the skin becomes clean and it is able to assign moisture to the surface.
There is no dearth of moisturisers in the market, but every person’s skin is different so every skin’s need is different as well. You will need to experiment a bit before you find the perfect product to suit your skin.
The same applies to hair removal products. Look for a product that works best for your skin.
Shaving can deplete your skin’s moisture, since the blades scrape away the surface oils. This problem can be somewhat surmounted by using a shaving gel or foam, and shaving in the direction of hair growth instead of against it.
Depilatory creams are good to use, but do conduct a patch test 24 hours before you actually use the product. Some creams, such as Veet for Sensitive Skin, actually moisturise your skin as they work, so the skin becomes hair-free as well as soft.
Waxing works best for dry skin. The wax does not have any negative effects, and it also exfoliates the skin to remove dirt and dead skin cells.
So increase your skin’s hydration levels and look for a hair removal method that does not deplete the skin’s moisture. After all, beautiful skin has a lot to do with proper hair removal.