Malaysia is a humid country, yet we keep on seeing people, with underlying skin problem or without, coming with dry and even cracked skin.
Here's a few tips on how to keep your skin hydrated.
- Drink water, whenever you feel thirsty. Sounds dumb but how many of us forget to listen to our body cues when er are too engrossed in our work? We lose water in our sweats, urine, bowel movements and even while we breathe. A standard recommendation is to drink 6-8 glasses a day but really there is no "standard" for everyone because we are all different. Exactly how much water one needs depends on many factors from how much you exercise to your metabolic rate to how dry the environment is. Drinking too much water to the extent of water toxicity can lead to confusion and even coma and death. (But who on the earth in their right minds would drink so much water!?)
- Talk short cold or lukewarm water shower rather than long hot baths (if you have eczema, keep the shower shorter than 5 minutes).
- Use gentle cleanser instead of soap bar or antiseptic shower gel.
- Apply generous amount of moisturiser immediately after baths (well not exactly immediate, within 3 minutes or when your skin is still damp).
- Use paper mask. Paper mask is a great and yet economical invention of facial skin care. If not properly use, it may over hydrate the skin around the eyes making you look puffy though.
- Use fabric gloves and socks after putting on moisturiser if you have dry hands or feet. This is a form of occlusion which will help your skin absorbs the moisturiser better, keep the moisture longer besides keeping your bed sheet and blanket clean.
- Avoid direct sunlight, smoking, sauna.