It is all well and good spending a large amount of money on hair removal products, and going through the rigours of a regular hair-removal routine, but all of this hard work can be for nothing if you don’t take care of your skin. When your skin dehydrates it can become dry and flaky, developing that tell-tale alligator pattern, and can sometimes even crack and become painful. There are simple steps you can follow to ensure that your skin stays hydrated.
Drink Lots of Water
It should be fairly self-explanatory that the more water that’s in your body, then the more hydrated your body – and your skin – will be.
Shorten your Showers
It’s not the water that dehydrates, which would be a very strange relationship indeed! It is the heat of the water and the steam that breaks down the oily layer that protects your skin, making it less effective at keeping the moisture in. The longer and hotter the shower, the more of this layer will be removed, allowing your skin to become dry and itchy.
Dry environments can cause the moisture of your skin to evaporate much more quickly, so it’s best to try and maintain a level of humidity in the air. This can easily be done with a humidifier, and if you live in an especially dry environment it can be helpful to have one on while you sleep.
Exfoliation can potentially help keep your skin moisturized, as it gets rid of all the dead skin cells and other dirt and grime that can build up. This enables your skin to keep the moisture where it needs to be, and working perfectly.
There are no shortages of products available for keeping skin moisturized, but as everyone’s skin is different it’s important to find the one for you. You know your skin better than anyone, so take a look what’s out there and experiment to find the product that helps keep your legs happy and healthy.
Different hair removal methods can have an effect on your skin’s moisture, so it’s important to consider them all and choose the one that’s most comfortable for you.
Shaving can sometimes be detrimental to skin moisture, as the sharp blades have the potential to scrape off the oils that form a barrier on your skin. To ensure that you remove as little of that barrier as possible, and to make shaving easier and quicker, use a good shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction of the hair growth.
Depilatory Creams should be tested on a small patch of skin before use, as everybody’s skin will react slightly differently. These creams can actually moisturize your skin, and some such as Veet® Hair Removal Cream - Aloe Vera contain ingredients for sensitive skin!
Waxing is often the best solution for people with very dry skin, because wax can be tailored to ensure it doesn’t have any negative effects, and the wax exfoliates your skin as it removes the old dead skin cells.
So be aware of your skin’s hydration, and make sure you do all you can to look after it. Beautifully smooth skin takes more than just hair removal!