Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is a common problem amongst both men and women. This condition usually affects the face, hands, arms and legs and its symptons can include:
A reddening of the skin.
Skin becomes 'tight' and uncomfortable.
Itchiness of the skin develops.
Scaling and flaking of the skin.
The cracking and chapping of the affected area.
There are many factors which can cause dry skin, these include:
Pre-existing genetic skin conditions, such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea.
Age: As people get older, the number of sebaceous glands that give out oil in the skin decrease as well as the skins ability to retain moisture.
The weather can have a dextrimental affect on your skin, especially in the winter and autumn periods where there is less moisuture in the air.
Shaving incorrectly and the use of incorrect shaving products.
Bad dietry habits: Here a poor diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies of Vitamins A and B which can significantly contribute to dry skin.
Skin exposure to harsh enviromental conditions.
Alcohol and drugs: Here alcohol and certain drugs such as diuretics, antispasmodics, and antihistamines have a notable drying effect which can lead to dehydration of the skin.
Having an excessive amount of baths and showers. This is bad for your skin as after prolonged periods of time the water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin which help it maintain moisture.
There are a number of ways to prevent and cure dry skin, these are the most important, remember to:
Avoid the use of tap water (especially hot) when cleansing dry skin as the deposits dry too quickly and can cause skin dehydration. Instead use mineral water to cleanse and freshen your face. There are a number of mineral water based products that can be used for this purpose, however the use of a mineral water complexion mist is recommended.
Avoid using 'harsh' soaps which contain a high level of alkalinity and detergents that dry the skin . Instead try switching to a more pH netural soap and try using a detergent designed specifically for sensitive skin, especially one that is scent, enzyme and dye free.
Use a relatively thin moisturising lotion or cream during the summer period and then switch to a thicker more oily ointment during the winter.
Avoid vigorous use of a washcloth when cleansing especially one that is of a rough texture. The friction caused by this is especially irritable to the skin.
Avoid exessive sunbathing as this dehydrates the skin considerably. Instead when out, find a shaded area that allows you to give you and your skin frequent breaks from direct sunlight.
Increase your consumption of water and essential fatty acids. This keeps your skin well lubricated and protected from the elements.
Use the correct products when shaving. For example before shaving apply a pre-shave lotion or gel to prepare the skin, follow this by applying (using a good quality brush) shaving cream to the area and then afterwards use a luxury aftershave balm.
Stay out of overheated rooms and avoid sudden changes in temperature. If this is an especially common problem, try investing in a humidifier to introduce moisture into the air of your home
When bathing try and use bath oils, this is especially important as moisture is removed from the skin when towelling dry afterwards. The use of bath oils allows the skin to retain most of the water that has been introduced into it, and
Remember that your skin needs plenty of thorough and gentle cleansing and regular stimulation. This should be done with generous amounts of massage and moisturising oil.
Finally don't forget that your skin is fragile and if you take good care of it, it will take good care of YOU!
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