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    Seven Dry Skin Remedies Straight from the Desert

    By By Meghan Rabbitt
    September 27, 2014, 5:26:18 AM EDT

    There's nothing worse than seeing the telltale signs of dry skin just as summer arrives. After all, the dewy skin and no-makeup beauty looks that the season calls for are next to impossible to pull off if you're dealing with flaky, scaly skin. Enter dry skin remedies that work—fast. Here, skin-care experts from one of the warmest, driest places in the country, the Arizona desert, share their secrets that'll transform your complexion for summer.


    Drink plenty of water. This may seem obvious, but Erik Sears, treatment manager at Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel in Arizona, says it's the first step to having healthy skin and can go a long way toward helping or hindering your skin's ability to maintain water. If you drink plenty of water and eat hydrating foods (read: fruits and veggies), your skin cells will have a better shot at staying hydrated even in dry, low-humidity weather. Aim for at least eight glasses of H2O a day, plus 10 or more servings of fruits and vegetables. Ditch moisture zappers from your life. If your skin is scaly, flaky and dull, you're probably looking for dry skin remedies that work fast, such as a heavy moisturizer or super-hydrating mask. However, Carol Ford, director of Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, says it's just as important to stop moisture-zapping habits as it is to slather on a dry skin "cure." "Minimize your exposure to depleting elements such as alcohol, long baths and harsh soaps that can strip the skin of natural oils," Ford says. Instead, opt for hydrating drinks; take quicker, cooler showers; and use creamy cleansers instead of your usual body wash. Exfoliate. Dermatologists and estheticians agree that exfoliating twice a week is key when it comes to sloughing off dry, dead skin cells in order to reveal new, hydrated skin. This is especially true when the temperature soars. "Healthy and glowing skin takes a little work, so be sure to exfoliate your face and body twice a week," Ford says. "Your skin produces and sheds thousands of skin cells each day, and some of the cells don't slough off as they should. This causes dull skin and breakouts, so exfoliation is a must for a healthy glow." Angee Smith, senior spa director at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, agrees: "Freshly exfoliated skin is also better able to accept the hydration in your moisturizer, which will help you see immediate moisture, radiance and luminosity."

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