Dry Skin And Skin Care
Dry skin (a.k.a. xerosis) is a fairly common problem. Fortunately, the main culprits are usually environmental factors; these can easily be negated through an appropriate skin care regimen at home. Avoiding harsh soaps, bathing in tepid water and using moisturizers are a few examples of a dry skin treatment plan.
Skin can become dry when cells do not have enough moisture in them to stay full; without adequate moisture, cells shrivel, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uncomfortable symptoms.
- Hot or cold weather with low humidity levels. Dry skin is most common in the winter, but also occurs in desert conditions.
- Prolonged use of the furnace or air conditioner. Decreased humidity levels in your house may necessitate the use of a seasonal skin care regimen during the driest months of the year. Space heaters and fireplaces have a similar effect if used extensively.
- Excess bathing. Exposing your skin to hot water and soaps during long and/or frequent showers or baths has a drying effect.
- Additional health factors include psoriasis, hypothyroidism, use of alcohol or drugs (prescription and over-the-counter), and dehydration.
- A feeling of tightness in the skin, especially after showering, bathing or swimming.
- Skin that looks and feels rough.
- Appearance of lines or cracks that may bleed.
The most common areas of the body to be affected by dry skin are the arms, lower legs, and sides of the abdomen, though skin on other areas may become dry as well. In most cases, the proper skin care plan will act to eliminate dry areas and symptoms.
A good skin care plan always incorporates prevention tactics. Some ways to keep skin moist include:
- Use a moisturizer such as a thick cream or baby oil. Apply moisturizing products to skin while still wet to lock in the moisture. Consider cosmetics with moisturizing agents as an addition to your daily skin care line-up.
- Bathe no more than once per day, for 15 minutes maximum, and using tepid (not hot) water. Excess bathing or showering removes the skin's natural oils, thus drying the skin.
- Steer clear of harsh soaps which can cause dry skin. Deodorant and anti-bacterial soaps, as well as shampoo, are common culprits. If you must use deodorant soap, limit its usage to the underarms, genital area and your feet.
- Avoid swimming for long periods of time in heavily-chlorinated water.
- After bathing, showering or swimming, always pat or blot skin gently to dry. Rubbing with a towel irritates the skin and further removes moisture and oils from the skin.
- Use a humidifier, either a portable model or one attached to your furnace, to add moisture to the air in your home.
- Choose clothing made with natural fabrics such as cotton or silk, which are non-irritating, and allow skin to breathe.
Dry skin treatment is often successful through self-care methods, though some special conditions may require a prescription.
- Some people get relief using lotions containing lactic acid and/or urea. These chemical components are thought to enhance moisture retention in cells.
- All-natural products use the principles of organic chemistry in sync with the body's physiology to treat dry skin. Many of them also offer additional benefits to the skin, such as reducing blemishes and minimizing wrinkles. (See the recommended product section below).
- For serious cases, such as ichthyosis or psoriasis, a doctor may recommend a prescription cream or ointment.
- If dry skin patches are itchy, try applying a cool compress for relief.
Era Organics Eczema Cream is a 100% all-natural product that is extremely effective for treating dry skin. It moisturizes deep down to help your skin feel clean, conditioned and smooth. Additionally, it helps to diminish wrinkles, lines, and crow's feet.
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