How to Care for Dry, Mature Skin

Old and Wrinkled to Soft and Supple!

As we go through life, our skin takes a beating.

Of course, as the body’s first line of defense that’s kind of its job, but most of us would prefer that it not look quite so lived in! The alligator look is definitely NOT en vogue!

In addition to looking rough and possibly being a source of embarrassment, dry skin can be tender and even painful when it flakes and cracks.

When your skin tends to be dry, you lack both water and natural oils, and those laugh lines turn to crow’s feet practically overnight. Don’t sweat it though.

There are some things that you can do that can really help you get that skin soft, supple, and younger looking again without breaking the bank!

By the time you finish this article, you’re going to have some tools in your arsenal that will really help you soften up your looks and shave off some years, so read on!

  1. Drink, Drink, Drink

    This is important for everyone but absolutely imperative for those of us with dry skin. It’s a whole lot easier to prevent wrinkles by hydrating than it is to erase them, but it’s never too late to improve your appearance if you’re not drinking enough water.

    Here’s the easy way to tell if you’re drinking enough: Divide your body weight in half. That number is what you should be drinking in ounces per day.

    In other words, if you tip the scales at 150 pounds, you should be drinking a minimum of 75 ounces of water per day just to give your body what it needs to function correctly.

  2. Cleanse Properly

    You want to look for facial cleansers and body washes without alcohol or harsh soaps. These strip the oils you’re your skin and make your condition even worse. Also, contrary to popular belief, your cleanser doesn’t have to foam up to be effective. As a matter of fact, many of the products that are used to create that lather can dry your skin out even further.

    Look for products that contain water as a primary ingredient as well as natural emollients and bionutrients. Here’s a link to a good one: Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover.

    A good moisturizing facial mask is good for both your skin and your mental state so treat yourself to one once a week or so. Pick one with lots of natural moisturizers and antioxidants.

  3. Eat Healthy Foods

    A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and lean protein and low in unhealthy fats and empty carbs will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Fruits and vegetables are both extremely water-dense and help you get the daily fluid that you need in order to have moist, lustrous skin! They’ll also help you maintain a healthy weight – a huge plus for those of us fighting that disgusting middle age spread!

    Some people even like to make their own fresh juices. To read our article about that, check out our juicing series.

  4. Avoid Hot Water

    Hot water removes natural oils from your skin more quickly and more thoroughly than luke warm water. You don’t want to use cold water because you want to open your pores to get the gunk out, but don’t go too hot either. Rule of thumb – warm enough to not feel cold is best.

  5. Don’t Make Matters Worse!

    Sun exposure won’t help you in your fight to keep your skin hydrated. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher if you’re going to be outside and be sure to reapply frequently if you’re swimming or sweating, or just outside for an extended period of time.

    Use a good quality moisturizer. There are several good ones recommended on this site, or you can do the research on your own. Just try to avoid alcohol and petroleum-based products. Also, be careful with glycerin-based products if you live in a low-humidity environment.

    Finally, smoking and drinking alcohol are the worst two habits that you can have if you have dry skin. Both dehydrate you and we know that the first place that the body pulls moisture from is your skin! Do your skin, and the rest of your body, a favor – don’t smoke at all and limit your alcohol consumption to one cocktail or glass of wine daily, max!

If you’re tired of looking more like an alligator than a beautiful woman or handsome man, these tips will help you keep your skin supple and young looking. There is no magic cure that can turn back the clock, but by being sensible and following the advice here, you can help minimize and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your dry skin.

If your cracked, peeling skin doesn’t improve, then you should probably talk to your doctor. You may have a condition such as psoriasis that’s treatable with prescription medications and lifestyle changes.

If you have dry, mature skin and have found other ways to help, please feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.

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