Dry skin appears life less and dull. Skin becomes dry due to low level of sebum and its inability to hold moisture. Extremely dry skin is susceptible to cracking and chapping. Prolonged dryness of the skin can cause premature wrinkles and roughness and you will look older than your actual age.
When the skin becomes dry, it can appear red and rough. There can be itchy patches on arms, ankles, hands, leg and other parts of the body. When skin becomes extremely dry and cracked, it can harbor microbes that cause fungal infection and eczema.
To prevent your skin from becoming dry and give it a soft, smooth and wrinkle-free healthy look, proper care should be taken. Not only does cold and dry weather take a toll and makes your skin dry, there are other causes like genetics, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, some underlying disease like hypothyroidism, psoriasis, diabetes and eczema, and some medications that can cause the skin to dry. Whatever may be the cause, adopting a proper skin care routine can make your dry skin smooth and supple.
Tips On How To Care For Dry Skin
Tips For Cleaning
Dry skin needs extra care and protection. While cleansing your face, avoid tap water. Tap water contains deposits that can be too drying for the facial skin. Use mineral water to cleanse your skin using a gentle cleanser that is especially formulated for rough and dry skin. But don’t wash your face too often; it will make your skin drier.
Every morning wash your face by spraying mineral water on it and then pat dry with a soft towel. Using chemical based soap to your face and body skin will remove natural oils from the skin and makes it all the more dry.
Tips For Bath And Shower
Do not take prolonged baths. Take short showers and bath using warm water. Avoid using hot water. To cleanse your skin, use neutral pH and non detergent products. Add few drops of coconut oil or olive oil in your bath water. After bath or shower, apply baby oil or moisturizer that contains glycerin, lactic acid, alpha hydroxyl acid in combination with petroleum, silicone or lanolin derivatives on your skin while the skin is damp.
If your skin feels extra dry, dab a thin layer of extra-virgin olive oil before using moisturizer to provide an extra dose of fatty acids and antioxidants. This will soothe your itchy dry skin and will make your elbows and hands soft and supple.
Take Extra Care
Massage your face every night using a nourishing cream before going to bed. Massage the surrounding areas of the eyes very gently where a wrinkles and crow’s foot forms easily with an eye cream or gel.
Avoid direct contact with washing soap and powder which contain highly dry and alkaline ingredients. Wear gloves while doing household jobs like washing clothes or cleaning utensils. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 on the body parts that are exposed to sun while going out during the day.
For keeping your skin hydrated, drink plenty of water. Eat a diet containing lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. A diet rich in essential fatty acids, magnesium, beta-carotene and vitamin C will provide nutrients that skin needs for nourishment and make it less susceptible to dryness.
Fatty fish, oranges, carrots, mango walnut and dark chocolate are some of the foods that you must incorporate in your diet. Maintain a comfortable level of humidity at your office and home. Too much heat or too much cool air will strip away the moisture from your skin.