It’s normal to have good days and bad days when managing dry skin. Here, our experts share some ideas for keeping on track with your skincare routine and staying motivated to help keep your skin at its best.
Write down what you’re aiming for
Give thought to what you want to achieve in relation to your skin. For example, ‘I’d like to be able to focus more at work by being less distracted by itchy skin’. Write this goal down to help make it feel more real and ideally, break it down into the small steps you need to take to reach your goal.
Remind yourself of what you’ve achieved so far
Take a moment to consider the good work you’ve already done with your skin. If you’ve been using an emollient regularly, then you have already helped repair, protect and improve your skin.
Write down your ideal daily skin care routine on a piece of paper, in your diary or in your phone. Try to look back at this as a reminder and implement it every day. If you stick to your plan, then treat yourself to a healthy reward!
A problem shared
Pick a loved one who you think will be good to talk to about how you’re feeling about your skin. Let them help you to keep on track. It can be tough to be positive all the time so ask them to listen if you’re feeling down. They can support you to stay focused on the things you can control when it comes to your skin.
“Dealing with dry skin can feel like an ongoing battle, and it’s normal to feel a little demotivated from time-to-time. It’s important not to get disheartened and stop using your emollients. Continue with your treatment to keep your skin hydrated and get the most out of your treatment.” Dr Anna Baker, Registered Health Psychologist
“Looking back at my treatment plan and focussing on all the times I’d managed to apply my emollient, rather than focus on the negatives, helped me realise how well I was doing and really kept me motivated!” Kesha Tansey