Dry skin can be quite an annoyance. There are a lot of topical, symptom-specific remedies you can try such as various lotions and creams. These tend to offer temporary relief, but they do not always solve the bigger problem If you really want dry skin to go away completely, then you may want to try some of these more holistic dermatology tips, which address the whole body rather than just the skin.
Eat more fish, or take fish oil supplements
So many people eat too many of the wrong oils and not enough of the right oils. More specifically, a lot of people do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diets, and this can lead to dry skin or make the dryness worse. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can try eating fatty fish two or three times per week, but if this is unrealistic for your tastes or lifestyle, taking fish oil supplements is a good alternative. Look for a supplement that has been tested for heavy metals; those that are not may contain too much mercury. You should notice your skin becomes more supple and soft within a few weeks of eating more fish or taking fish oil.
Humidify your air
The problem might be that you're living in such a dry environment that the air keeps sucking any and all moisture out of your skin. Humidifying your air can solve this issue and help alleviate your dry skin. You can buy an inexpensive vaporizer at the pharmacy and use it to add moisture to the air in the room where you spend most of your time. An even better approach is to have a whole-home humidifier added to your home. Aim to maintain your home humidity between 45 and 55%, and you should see your skin become moister.
Switch to all-natural soaps and beauty products
So many of the ingredients in soaps, face creams, and even makeup are drying. If you switch to all-natural, holistic products, then you may see that your skin dryness subsides. Try to find products with as few ingredients as possible. Those that contain natural oils, like jojoba and almond oil, are good choices. Your dermatologist may be able to recommend specific products just for you.
If you follow the tips above, you may find success in treating your dry skin in a more holistic way. Contact a local dermatology clinic to get more advice.