Here's a little bit about dry skin...
Some causes of dry skin are:
- Cold weather and low humidity
- Central heating can make air dry which can cause dry skin.
- Aging - Lower estrogen levels, thinning skin, and the fact that our skin can not produce enough oils are some of the reasons our skin is more prone to dryness as we age.
- Dry skin affects people who have skin type I or II more frequently.
- In some cases dehydration, malnutrition, diabetes, eczema or low thyroid hormones can cause dry skin.
Treating dry skin:
- When you shower use lukewarm water and don't take long showers or baths.
- Apply moisturizer while skin is still damp to seal in moisture.
- Use mild soap and avoid perfumed soaps.
- Use a humidifier at home.
- Avoid skin care products that contain alcohol.
- Don't wash your face too frequently.
- Use moisturizers which contain emollients. Emollients, such as urea and mineral oils, soften skin and provide a barrier to keep moisture in and harmful agents out. Your moisturizer should also have lipids (fat or waxes) such as cholesterol, lecithin or glycerol.
- Dry skin can cause flaky and rough skin. To get rid of the layer of dead skin use a gentle exfoliant containing alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Apply moisturizer frequently.