Detergents, soaps, even some fabrics can sometimes be irritating to my already dry and sensitive skin. Some days it’s so rough and tight it feels and even looks like crocodile skin. It probably, definitely doesn’t help that I enjoy very long, very, very hot showers. As much as preach about skin care, I know better than to shower with water at the temperature I do – seriously it’s like hot tub hot – but for whatever reason, I can’t shower in warm water. My water intake leaves something to be desired; I am holding myself to getting better with that this year. I do take a lot of fish oil and other supplements, but it’s not enough, and my skin feels the effects of the weather and the water, and like the Sahara, my skin gets insanely dry, irritated and itchy. One tip to help with dry skin issues is to apply your moisturizing products as soon as you get out of the shower, and while your skin is still damp. I rarely do this; I should, but I don’t. I tried it for a little while, but so many lotions would be super slippery, not absorb completely and leave this yucky film on my skin when applied to it damp and I just couldn’t get on board with it. When I step out of the shower and lightly towel dry the first thing I do is wrap up in my robe. A little while later, after been distracted by something on the T.V. a text or Facebook notification on my phone, a noise outside, a thought of something I need to write down, and a myriad of other random things I realize I haven’t moisturized.
I can remember a day last year when I went to a seminar and the air in the room we were in went out. There had to have been almost 75 people packed tight into this space. The room quickly got so hot, and all I wanted was to take my sweater off. I was mortified to look at my arms and see how insanely dry and ashy they were. Whatever lotion I had used that day must have decided it didn’t need to put in a full day’s work. I didn’t have my typical huge handbag with me, and all I had in my bag was lip balm. The rest of that meeting was torture as I sat there with no air conditioning wearing a sweater because I was too embarrassed by my dry skin. It was so bad. My struggle with dry skin is now a problem of the past since discovering the Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer.
A surprising benefit I received since I have started using this is I have a little more time after my bath routine. My skin is already dry. Combine that with the hot shower which pretty much sucked every last bit of moisture I had away, and the fact that I would then wait until my skin was completely dry before applying lotion – getting it back moisturized took some time. Many days I would sit at my vanity applying a layer of a thick body butter and sealing with oil, only to have my skin parched again a few hours later. My new routine post shower is a quick rub down with Curél Hydra Therapy, wrap up in a robe and sit at my vanity with a cup of coffee or tea: time better spent.
As you can see in the infographic below, I’m not alone. I was one of the 40 bloggers surveyed who reported having a less than thrilling dry skin moment. I found it interesting that I share two of my problems areas with the majority of the other women surveys. The back of my arms and my lower legs are my two struggle areas.
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