Dry skin often resembles a desert landscape: hard, cracked, and rough.
This can be especially true if you’re also combating wrinkles because dry skin emphasizes their appearance.
Even if your skin is only mildly dry, restoring its natural moisture allows you to ditch the desert for the oasis of soft, youthful skin.
Follow the 3 easy steps to soothe dry skin.
1. Just Add Water
It seems obvious, but skin gets dry because it lacks water.
Consequently, one of the best remedies for dry skin is to add more water, both to your diet and directly to skin’s surface.
Moist skin starts from the inside. Drinking plenty of water ensures new skin cells are healthy from the get-go.
The more water available to skin cells when they form, the more water they’ll hold when they reach the surface.
Unfortunately, increasing water intake isn’t an instantaneous dry skin solution. For more immediate results, applying water to skin’s surface is an essential first step. Skin cannot take in more water unless that water is on the surface, ready to be soaked up.
But remember, adding moisture to the top layers of skin requires striking a delicate balance. For instance, soaking in a long, hot bath is actually one of the worst things you can do if you’re trying to rejuvenate dry skin.
Although skin soaks up some water during a bath, sustained washing also removes natural oils intended to keep skin fresh.  Instead, take a quick shower or gently pat water onto problem areas before proceeding to step 2.
2. Exfoliate to Rejuvenate
Scientists estimate the average person sheds nearly a million skin cells per day.  Luckily, skin naturally replenishes itself because it grows in layers. When one layer of skin cells falls off, a newer one emerges from beneath the surface to replace it.
Because skin is layered, the oldest, driest skin cells are closest to the surface. That’s where exfoliation is essential.
Exfoliation clears away old skin cells to reveal the newer, softer ones below. No wonder regular exfoliation keeps skin looking fresh.
Exfoliation methods range from moderate to severe. Drugstores sell exfoliating scrubs or masks for at home use. Dermatologists or beauty spas offer more intense exfoliation techniques such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
What type of exfoliation works best for you depends on your skin’s oiliness and sensitivity.
If your skin allows it, exfoliating several times a week or even daily provides the most moisturizing benefits. After prepping your face or other skin surfaces with water, apply your chosen exfoliant.
Good exfoliants don’t require hard or strong scrubbing. Gentle strokes and soft pressure get the job done without irritating skin.
3. Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Wetting and exfoliating skin have limited benefits if you don’t follow up with a moisturizer. Without a moisturizer, water cannot seep into pores and the freshly exposed skin cells will dry out rapidly.
When choosing a moisturizer, look for ingredients that lock in moisture without clogging pores. The best moisturizing ingredients are generally classified as humectants, occlusives, and emollients.
Collectively, these moisturizers enable water to penetrate skin, prevent it from escaping, and smooth the rough patches in between cells. 
Skincare experts trust the following ingredients for their maximum moisturizing power and minimum side effects:
Exfoliating and moisturizing at night gives your skin the best chance to be fresh and ready for makeup when you wake up.
Most nighttime wrinkle creams are also exemplary moisturizers, letting you fight dry skin and wrinkles simultaneously.
For trouble spots, you can always apply moisturizer in the morning and throughout the day—but don’t forget to add water first!
1, 2, 3, Go!
Hydrate, exfoliate, and moisturize—that’s all it takes to banish dry skin on your face and other surfaces. Adding these 3 steps to your skin care regimen is an easy way to achieve smooth, healthy skin you’ll love seeing in the mirror.
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It has similar ingredients with some additional ones that are not practical to use in a day cream formula, which has to be kept lighter.
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