Dry skin, you know you have it when your skin is dull, tight, flaky, cracked or all of the above. But dry skin goes beyond just being a cosmetic problem. When your skin starts to crack, infection-causing bacteria can enter more easily. So why do you have dry skin and what can you do to soothe it?
Most Common Causes Of Dry Skin
As we age, our bodies tend to produce less sebum and our skin becomes thinner and drier. A decrease in sebum production means fewer lipids filling the gaps between the cells in the skin barrier, making it easier for water to evaporate from the skin.
* Long, Hot Showers, And Baths
Any shower longer than 10 minutes is more likely to lead to dry skin. The same goes for your hot tub.
If you live in a sunny or dry environment like the mountains or desert, your skin is more likely to be dry.
* Chronic Skin Conditions
Eczema, a condition in which the skin becomes inflamed or irritated can result in dry skin. Psoriasis which is a chronic inflammatory skin disease can also cause very dry skin.
How Can You Soothe Dry Skin?
The number one and probably the best treatment for dry skin is using a good moisturizer. Here is a list of some of the key ingredients you should be looking for in a moisturizer:
Moisturizers that contain glycerin attract water molecules into the top layer of the skin, replenishing hydration.
Moisturizers with petrolatum seal in moisture and prevent it from evaporating.
Moisturizers that contain Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) help improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier to restore and repair your skin’s look.
* Triple Threat Moisturizers
A moisturizer with all three key ingredients is ultimately the best way to maintain healthy looking, supple skin.
Moisturizing your skin day and night is a good routine to get into, however, there are other ways to deal with dry skin. Here are some dry skin soothing ideas:
- A cleanser is usually gentler on skin than an anti-bacterial soap and will help replace any moisture that is lost in the cleansing process.
- Moisturizing immediately after a shower or washing your face will lock in moisture that will still be on your skin.
Follow these simple tips and ideas and you will be well on your way to winning the battle against dry skin.