Dry skin itches, flakes and it makes it way harder to effectively apply makeup. Dry skin is a feature of inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis. So it’s important to keep skin hydrated.

1. Use coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the best topical treatments for dry skin. When you rub coconut oil into your skin, it’s absorbed very slowly, taking in every last drop of moisture. Plus, if you’ve got eczema or psoriasis, coconut oil helps to calm those conditions.

2. Quit using hot water to shower

Avoid the over-use of soap. Use a mild soap with a skin-friendly pH value. Steamy showers can really dry out your skin. Stick to warm showers—not hot, this will dramatically improve the amount of moisture that stays in your skin.

3. Exfoliate

Many people with dry skin believe that exfoliating does more harm than good, but dry, dull skin needs to be buffed away from the surface so that fresh, clean skin can shine. Look for exfoliants that are gentle and small, as opposed to harsh and large, to use on your face. Exfoliate two to three times per week for optimal results.

4. Don’t skip moisturizing

Use a spray alternative to lotion if you want something quicker, or body oil for something a bit more heavy-duty. Apply a thick moisturizer to slightly damp skin within minutes of bathing to trap in moisture.

5. Obvious, but necessary: Drink more water

For your skin to be hydrated from the inside out, you should be upping the amount of water you drink per day to at least eight glasses.

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