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6 Habits You Thought Were Good For Dry Skin But Really Aren't

Work your way to healthy and dewy skin by eliminating these 6 bad habits from your daily routines.

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1. Applying moisturiser while skin is dry - when your skin is completely dry, moisturiser isn't absorbed as effectively

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According to a WebMD Medical Reference that was medically reviewed by Dr Sheena Meredith, applying moisturiser on dry skin is least likely to help. Put on moisturiser when your skin is still damp. That way, the moisturiser will trap the moisture still on your skin.

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2. Using harsh soaps that leave your skin feeling tight - this will ultimately result in dryer skin

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Soap is an emulsifier that removes oils on the skin. The more often skin is scrubbed with soap, the more oil is removed, ultimately resulting in dryer skin - skin that feels overly tight after showering may indicate excess removal of natural skin oils.

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3. Indulging in hot steamy showers - although showers add water to the skin, the evaporation of this water after the completion of the immersion will result in dryer skin

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Hot steamy showers may soothe your body but it can dry out the natural oils in your skin more quickly. Keep showers short and the shower temperature at lukewarm.

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4. Hiding out at indoor places with air-conditioning to escape sun damage - Air conditioners pull out humidity from the air in a room and rob the outer layer of the epidermis of your skin

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Stay moisturised, especially if you are exposed to air conditioned environments on a regular basis. When air-conditioners remove the water or humidity content from a room, our skin will start shrivelling. This worsens when there is an extreme change in climate when one steps out of an air-conditioned office or car into the blazing hot sun - a sudden change in temperatures is extremely stressful for the body.

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5. Using the same moisturiser for all body parts - identify the severity of each dry skin area and apply the appropriate type of moisturiser for each

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When choosing moisturiser for dry skin, consider the causes and severity of the condition before selecting and applying various types of moisturisers on the targeted area. The Vaseline Total Moisture range - Total Moisture Nourishing, Total Moisture Aloe Fresh and Total Moisture Cocoa Glow - contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera, oat and cocoa butter, combined with Stratys-3™ multi-layer moisture that penetrates deeply to keep skin moisturised all day.

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6. Scrubbing your dry and flaky skin away - Flannels, abrasive sponges or brushes can strip away the thin layer of natural oils that keep skin moist and healthy

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Friction strips the skin and enhances the dryness. Use your hands or a soft washcloth instead and pat or blot skin when towelling dry.

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