How Can You Get Rid of Dry Skin on Your Face?

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To get rid of dry skin on your face, take short, lukewarm showers, wash with a soap-free cleanser, moisturize your face after washing and showering, and drink plenty of water. Always wear sunscreen outside to avoid dry skin from sun damage.

  1. Take short, lukewarm showers

    Long, hot showers can damage the outer layer of the skin and strip it of moisture. Opt for shorter showers, no longer than 10 minutes, and bathe with lukewarm water.

  2. Wash with a soap-free cleanser or mild soap

    Many soaps are too harsh for people with sensitive skin. Use a soap-free cleanser when washing your face. If you’re unable to use a soap-free cleanser, use a mild, fragrance-free soap.

  3. Moisturize after showering and washing

    Immediately after showering or washing your face, pat your skin dry and apply a facial moisturizer. Choose moisturizers that contain lactic acid to eliminate flaky skin. Petroleum jelly also works well to treat dry skin on the face. Apply sunscreen before heading outdoors to avoid sun damage.

  4. Drink plenty of water

    Hydration is important to treating dry facial skin. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day, more if you’re exercising or consuming dehydrating beverages such as coffee or alcohol.