Dry skin can sometimes be difficult to work with as it has so many different areas that requires attention. The misconception that had been going round is that dehydrated skin is dry skin. There is actually quite a difference between the two. Dry skin is the result of lack of water in the epidermis (the most superficial layer of the skin) where dehydrated skin is much easier to treat as it is often times a minor short term condition caused by external factors.
When we get older, dryness occurs more often as skin loses the abbility to naturally produce oils and hold water in the skin layers. Often times dry skin can also be associated with dermatitis and in severe cases, psoriasis and eczema.
Despite dry skin being genetic, a lot of times there are many other contributors to this type of skin:
- Sun exposure
- Central heating
- Winter weather
- Too hot water with bathing/showering
- Tight clothing such as leggings
- Air conditioning
Signs of a dry skin are:
- Flaky skin
- Tight feeling
- Rough texture on areas such as elbows and knees
- Sensitivity and discomfort
Dry skin can sometimes be a short term condition for some, but for others it can be an ongoing problem.
What can I do to treat my dry skin?
- Avoid using harsh soaps and cleansers, a facial cleansing milk is most appropriate, find somethings that is PH balanced 5.5
- Use a miscellar water as an alternative to a toner
- Use a gentle exfoliater – ideally a product that contains microbeads such as jojoba beads, for body exfoliating gloves works well
- Use a skin oil – facial oil containing rose is especially good to use a few times a week as rose is known to replenish skin. There are also good rose body oils that can be used before a moisturiser
- Use a treatment serum – serums absorb into the deeper layers of the dermis and does all the repair work within these layers
- In severe cases, a emollient cream is very sufficient in treating dry, tight feeling skin
- Use a hydrating mask a few times a week.
- Have facials every 4 weeks
- Drink at least 4-6 glasses of liquid a day, especially water and caffeine free herbal teas such as green tea or camomile
Having dry skin doesn’t mean that there is no hope, all it needs is a little bit of TLC and the right advice to treat it well.
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