Dry Skin appears tight and fine as pores are almost invisible. Dry skin is rough in texture and is extremely dry as it is sensitive. Dry skin has insufficient moisture and sebum production. This type of skin is prone to premature aging. In winters, it becomes worst. Sometimes dry and rough patches appear in dry areas. After washing with water, you will feel tightness on the skin. If you do not take dry skin Care, it may progress to dermatitis. Dry skin lacks the ability to hold moisture.
Extremely dry skin can show signs like cracking and chapping. You can see fine lines around mouth, eyes and cheeks.
There are several causes for dry skin condition.
There is insufficient sebum production from sebaceous glands on skin. It has lack of lubrication and it causes dehydration.
Genetic condition may cause dry skin.
Weather changes also affect skin; dry skin becomes worse during winter months.
Wind, exposure to the sun, harsh cosmetics, and chemicals are some environmental factors which can increase dryness in the skin.
Frequent bathing with harsh soaps is another major cause of dryness.
Poor diet and nutritional deficiency is a great cause of occurrence of dry skin. Diet lacking in vitamin A and B can aggravate this condition.
Under activity of thyroid gland, diabetes also cause dry skin
Few medicines like antispasmodics, diuretics and antihistamines can aggravate dry skin condition.
For dry skin care, you have to follow some do’s and don’ts.
Do not use tap water for washing the dry skin. It may cause accumulation of salts on the skin which are too drying for it. Also avoid using hot water; just use lukewarm water to bathe.
Wash your face with mineral water. You can keep mineral water in a spray bottle and spray its mist on your face in the morning. Avoid use of hard wash cloth as it can irritate skin; pat dry your skin.
Moisturizing is the most important care for controlling dryness on the skin. Whenever you bath or wash your skin, immediately, within three minutes, apply any good moisturizer on your skin. You can apply pure coconut oil, cocoa oil or shea butter. These oils contain essential skin friendly vitamins A, C, D and E. They also provide protein for the skin. These are natural moisturizers which help the skin by deeply moisturizing, healing and preventing it from premature aging.
You need to replenish dry skin with moisturizing many times a day. You should gently cleanse it and massage with moisturizing creams and oils to stimulate blood circulation. Moisturizer application gives soft and most texture to the skin by increasing the moisture level.
Avoid use of harsh soaps for washing the skin. When you wash with soap, along with dust and grease, it also strips the skin of its layer of natural moisture. Instead of soap use non-detergent products with neutral PH. Use a creamy cleanser which leaves a thin film of cream even after clearing all pollutants from the skin. Try to avoid harsh detergents, alkaline soap, and washing soda and powder which have drying effect on the skin. Wear rubber gloves while working with this stuff.
At night before bed time, apply rich nourishing cream all over the face and neck and other areas of dryness. Apply it generously and apply a vitamin E rich under eye cream around eyes to control fine lines over there.
Increase the amount of water for drinking and also consume adequate quantity essential fatty acids to care for chapped and cracked skin. Keep those skin patches well lubricated.
You should apply calendula cream, vitamin E oil, oil with comfrey and aloe vera over dry chapped fingers.
Avoid using excess of harsh soaps, cleansing creams and cold creams. These creams can cause damage of skin from free radicals because these creams are made of hydrogenated oils. Rather apply pure olive oil, almond oil or avocado oil. Apply oil before bathing and wash using warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Do not use harsh soaps, cold cream, or cleansing creams on your skin. Cleansing creams are made from hydrogenated oils, which can cause free radical damage to the skin, resulting in dryness and wrinkles. Instead, use pure olive, avocado, or almond oil to cleanse the skin. Pat the oil on, and then wash it off with warm water and a soft cloth.
Protect your skin from sunrays as much as possible. Harmful sunrays cause wrinkles, dryness, rashes and blisters. Whenever you go out, apply a sunscreen lotion with minimum SPF 15.
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