It is said that “Your body sheds 10 billion flakes of skin a year.” However, if you live in Riyadh, it feels like you shed 10 billion flakes of skin in a week!
Jokes aside, dry and flaky skin is a common complaint in Riyadh all year long. Let’s just put it out there: Riyadh and skin are not the best of friends. As the temperature drops, the dry environment, low humidity and lack of moisture leave your skin more dry, flaky, and itchy.
It’s an annoying problem to have especially if you can’t stop yourself from scratching it can become painful. Not to mention that it can make things a little awkward in social situations.
These are easy suggestions that are important to keep in mind:
Do not scratch your itch. Ever.
I know it feels so darn good when you scratch that awful itch, until it starts itching more and drives you crazy. Although it’s tempting, avoid scratching dry patches as it damages and darkens your skin, and leads to an infection. Instead control the itch by frequently moisturizing.
Make moisturizers your best friend.
Apply moisturizing creams or ointment moisturizers several times a day. Moisturizing the skin is fundamental for treating dry skin as it replaces any moisture the dry air steals away. And you don’t need expensive products from the cosmetics counter to keep skin dewy. Petroleum jelly, olive oil, coconut oil are also really good for treating dry skin.
Bathe briefly and use lukewarm water.
Yes, I know prolonged hot showers feel soothing but it also dehydrates your skin. Long baths or showers, especially in hot water, increase the loss of natural oils from the skin and worsen skin dryness.
Apply a moisturizer right after you bathe, perform ablution or wash your hands.
Use mild body wash.
Switch to less aggressive, moisture-rich body wash made for sensitive skin, preferably unscented or lightly scented.
Also, you may want to go mild with your laundry detergent, too.