Dry skin is an uncomfortable and unsightly condition that is usually not serious, but if not treated it can sometimes lead to dermatitis-inflammation of the skin- swelling and infection. The condition appears due to the lack of water in the most external layer of the skin, the epidermis. Both female and male can be affected by this condition but however it is mostly noticeable in older individuals. Understanding and knowing what causes the dry skin is very important.
Normal, healthy skin is usually soft and supple and that is because it is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids or fatty substances that keep its moisture. And the dry skin or xerosis (known medically) is itchy, ashy, causes small fine flakes, cracking, dry patches and scratching that may be hard to resist.
There is not a single factor that causes dry skin. They are usually external and internal. Potential causes of dry skin include: cold temperature, humidity, over-washing, harsh soaps and even genetics (researches have showed that it may be inherited). If you want to soothe your dry, itchy skin try these practical tips:
- Shorter showers. We know that there is nothing like a long, hot shower but it is not good for your dry face. Long showers strip the face of its natural oils and your skin will become even more drier after bathing. Instead, take shorter showers in warm water.
- Don’t use harsh ingredients. Some facial soaps and cleanser are not recommended for sensitive and dry skin. If your skin feels dry after you wash it, then maybe you are using the wrong product.
- Choose the right moisturizer for dry skin. The best moisturizers for dry skin include ingredients such as dimethicone, hyaluronic acid, mineral oil as well as petroleum jelly.
- Say no to anti-aging products. These products usually contain ingredients like retinoid or AHAs which are considered to be very irritating for the dry skin. If you are using such product make sure that it is free from these ingredients.
We hope that these tips will help you to get rid of the dry skin and at the same time to achieve soft, shiny and supple skin.