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10 Ways to Soothe Your Dry Skin

10 Ways to Soothe Your Dry Skin

It may not seem like big really big problem in the grand scheme of things, but those suffering from dry skin know just how irritating and problematic it can be. Dry and flaky skin is not the prettiest sight, and if the skin actually cracks, things can get painful as well. Since naturally dry skin can be aggravated by a number of external factors, it is important to take good care of it.

This means that you will have to put more effort than the average Joe into keeping your skin healthy and soft, but since there is no satisfying alternative, all that work won’t seem too difficult. It’s important to mention that even if your skin is not naturally dry, it can still become dry, ashy or even crack due to things like exposure to extreme weather conditions, so these tips can apply to a fairly wide variety of people.

1. Get a gentle exfoliating shower gel

Woman in shower

    You never want to go too rough when exfoliating dry skin, and you also want to stay away from heavily perfumed skin care products and those containing alcohol. A simple soap should do the trick, but it is even better to get a simple shower gel with exfoliating elements, and rub it over your skin gently for a couple of minutes before washing it off.

    2. Take faster showers and don’t let it get too hot or too cold

    A lot of people, particularly women, like to take their time in the shower, and this is understandable. We all want to stretch out those few moments where we are able to relax on our own in peace and quiet. However, the problem with long showers or baths is that they will strip your skin of its natural oils, making it very dry.

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    To avoid this you should try to keep your showers to about 10 minutes and avoid using water that is very hot or cold – think like Goldilocks and you’ll be fine. After you are done, dry yourself off by lightly patting your skin down with a soft towel.

    3. Moisturize regularly after you shower

    Moisturizing

      Even if you are quick in the shower, use non-perfumed hygiene products and gently dry your skin with a towel, some of the natural skin oils will be washed away, leaving you somewhat dry. This is why moisturizing is so important.

      If you have issues with dry skin, you should moisturize after you wash your face and whenever your skin starts feeling dry, but special care should be taken to rub your whole body with moisturizing cream after showering. It’s also important not to go overboard and apply too much moisturizer, as this can eventually make your skin very oily and lead to acne problems.

      4. Try out aromatic fruit oils

      Oils from a variety of different fruits are frequently used in aromatherapy to help transfer essential oils into the skin and seal it in. These oils will help your skin hold moisture better, keeping it soft and smooth for longer. As far as skin care products go, natural oils are a very safe and effective option, and can be used to massage your body, so you get the benefit of ensuring that your skin retains moisture and loses less of its natural oils, while relaxing your muscles and reducing stress in the process. It’s best to apply fruit oils to your skin after a quick shower, while you are still slightly wet.

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      5. Lather up your skin well when shaving

      Shaving legs

        Shaving skin without a shaving cream is the fastest way to irritate it, which can cause redness, soreness and pimples to form. Your skin should be still somewhat wet when the shaving gel is applied, and make sure to use plenty of it. You can apply more gel and use some more water if it starts getting dry.

        Be sure to choose a shaving gel that is suitable for sensitive skin, as that type has only the basic active ingredients necessary for hydration and lubrication of the skin, although those with aloe vera are great for preventing irritation. It is best to apply moisturizer after you shave.

        6. Avoid exposing your skin to the summer-sun

        We all like to spend a lot of time outside the house during summer, and there is nothing better than stripping down to your swimwear and having some fun at the beach. However, you should avoid sunbathing for extended periods of time during the hottest hours of the day – it’s best to sunbathe later in the afternoon, as you can get the same effect without the added risk to your skin.

        You should always apply sunscreen with a protective factor of 20-30 before going outside during the summer months. Longer sleeves and hats can also be your friends in the heat.

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        7. Eat your fruits and vegetables

        Assorted fruit

          In order for your body to properly regulate itself, and things like skin moisture are a part of this auto regulation process, you need to feed it the right nutrients. Vegetables and fruit contain a good deal of water, various vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants which can help keep your skin healthy.

          Foods containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E – like olive oil, nuts and avocados – are particularly good for keeping your skin smooth, soft and well-moisturized. Whole-wheat bread and turkey are good sources of selenium, which strengthens the cells in the skin.

          8. Work on reducing the stress in your life

          Stress can negatively affect our health in more ways than one, and skin rashes or dry and flaky skin can be a result of prolonged periods of chronic stress. This is why you need to find an effective way of coping with emotional stress, as well as a good way to blow off some steam. A few simple solutions for reducing stress include:

          • Regular physical exercise
          • Combat sports or just punching a heavy bag
          • Breathing exercises
          • Light music
          • Learning not to sulk and hold grudges
          • Taking a break and doing a fun activity on the weekend
          • Taking up an interesting hobby
          • Having a few drinks and fun chat with some friends

          Taking the time to manage your stress effectively really pays off in the long run, and not just in terms of your skin health.

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          9. In winter, wear a good pair of gloves and cover up

          Winter,autumn woman

            External factors like the weather can have a huge effect on your skin. Exposure to the cold, dry air and the harsh wind will dry out your skin very quickly and caused it to crack. If you have fairly sensitive skin, the low temperature can even cause redness, swelling and itchiness of the skin on your hands and other exposed areas. This is why it is important to have a good pair of gloves with good insulation. You should also try to cover up the face, feet, legs and other areas of the body the best you can.

            Wearing two or more layers of clothing is a good tactic. Some hand cream and chapstick will help you keep your hands and lips from drying out and cracking. The skin around the nose can be problematic, particularly if you have a cold and keep blowing your nose, so cover the face with a scarf and apply a light layer of moisturizer on the area if begins to seem dry.

            10. Don’t heat up your home too much, and make sure there is enough moisture

            Some people just can’t stand the cold, and they really heat up their homes in the winter. Walking in from the cold to such a home feels like going through a magical portal that transports you from wintertime straight into the hottest of summers.

            All that heat also dries out the air, so if you are the kind of person who likes to stay really warm during the winter, be sure to get a decent humidifier to ensure that the air isn’t too dry. You can add essential oils to the humidifier to get some additional benefits like destroying bacteria, opening up your sinuses and making your home smell great.

            It takes some work to prevent your skin from being dry, cracked and itchy, especially if you have naturally dry skin. However, with all these effective tips, which are relatively simple to implement, you will be able to keep your skin as healthy as possible in any season and any situation.

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            Ivan Dimitrijevic

            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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