Dry Skin

Dry skin symptoms happen more often in winter, when the cold temperatures outside and warm air inside (extreme temperatures) initiate low humidity.

Dryness can be trigged off by wind, air -conditioning, frequent bathing (especially with harsh soaps) and contribute to the appearance of the cracking, peeling, irritation and inflammation.

This type of skin feels tightly drawn over bones. It looks dull and dehydrated, especially on the cheeks, around the eyes and mouth, where tiny lines may form expression lines.

Dry skin happens to have a low level of sebum and could be quite sensitive. The skin loses moisture and may crack, chap and peel, or become irritated and inflamed; it is caused be the skin’s inability to retain moisture.

Very often it is described by the patients as uncomforting feeling of tightness, especially after washing (unless some type of dry skin moisturizer is applied).

What can cause the dry skin?

• genetic condition

• conditions like eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, etc.

• exposure to the outside elements, such as sun, wind, cold, chemicals or cosmetics;

• excessive bathing with harsh soaps

• poor diet (nutritional deficiencies, especially of vitamin A and B)

• limited supply of lubrication to the skin by oil glands, result – dehydration

Dry skin can also be a sign of an underactive thyroid.

People with diabetes may have serious skin complications, including symptoms of dry skin.
Certain drugs can contribute to dry skin (diuretics, antispasmodics, antihistamines).

Care for dry skin

When cleansing your skin, try to avoid the use of tap water as the deposits of it could be quite drying on the skin. Use mineral water to freshen your face, you could apply it with a plant sprayer (of course, if it hasn’t been used for other purposes, but spraying clear water before) and lightly pat dry.

Never use hot water. Washing your face with a face cloth is not a good idea either, as a rough texture of face cloths can easily irritate the dry skin.

Dry skin needs thorough but gentle cleansing, generous quantities of oil and moisture, regular stimulation by massage. If you have dry skin, you have to take extra care to protect it.

Bear in mind that washing your skin with soap and water not only removes the grime, but also the natural oils that protect your skin.

Moisturizing is an essential part of the hygiene regimen for dry skin; moisturizer rises the level of the water content of outer layers of your skin and gives it a smooth, moist look.
Get hold of non-detergent, neutal-pH skin care products to cleanse your skin.

Keep away from commercial soap. Always touch your face gently. Double-cleanse with a cream, so that thin, light trace of it left on the skin after the second cleansing to provide longer lasting moisture supply.

After having a shower or a bath, apply baby oil. Use home-made nourishing creams every night before going to bed and be generous spreading the cream around the eyes and mouth where wrinkles are likely to appear.

Avoid contact with highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing powders and washing sodas. Patting your skin with mineral water and applying a thin film of air-excluding moisturizer will help to restore the suppleness of your dry skin.