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Dry skin plagues us during both cold and arid days. Some people are born with a constant issue, while others deal with it only from time to time. Either way, most often, the major culprits are excessive hot showers or harsh cleansers.

No matter how dry one’s skin may be, it is equipped with a natural layer of oil to protect itself. We must try to preserve that moisture, especially because as we age, the oil supply dwindles and our skin loses the ability to retain water. When our skin is dry and dehydrated, it wrinkles prematurely and no one wants that.

What to do?  Here are eight tips for fighting dry skin

1. Keep showers short and luke warm as opposed to long and very hot. If you like your showers very hot, start that way but, after a couple of minutes, adjust the temperature.

2. Use mild, non-foaming cleansers, free of irritants like Sodium Laureth Sulphate and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

3. Drink plenty of water.

4. Minimize your caffeine intake as caffeine is a diuretic and thus drying.

5. Don’t over exfoliate.

6. Indulge in a glorious hydrating mask once or twice a week.

7. Eat a balanced diet, rich in healthy oils.

8. Use deep penetrating facial and body oils.

photo credits: jennifer cox, carissa gallo

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