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Updated on March 9, 2016
All About Dry Skin
Does winter weather have your skin singing the blues? Good news — Spring is on the horizon thanks to our little furry friend not seeing his own shadow! The official first day of Spring is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. So let’s talk dry skin which can spell a recipe for disaster.
Dry skin can lead to painful cracks, itchy patches, and flaky skin, which tends to be quite uncomfortable. The main causes of dry skin include: winter weather, hot showers, moisture stripping soaps, dry climates, too much friction, and certain skin disorders. Whatever be the cause, implementing proper care for your dry skin will have you on your way to smooth and lustrous skin in no time.
One of the most effective remedies for dry skin is a good moisturizer. Generally moisturizers are classified under 2 categories based on the way they help moisturize your skin.
The first category includes moisturizers that preserve the moisture within the skin e.g. Vaseline. These moisturizers’ are relatively inexpensive and readily available over the counter at your nearest market, or drug store.
The second category includes moisturizers that work by drawing moisture from the environment and supplying it to the skin. This is a very effective way to treat dry skin in humid conditions. These moisturizers are referred to as humectants. It’s always best to use a moisturizer that isn’t greasy if you tend have oily skin or fragrant. Humectants fall in this category. The ingredients of humectants include sorbitol, Sodium PCA, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, etc. These types of moisturizers are super beneficial to helping combat and replenish dry skin.
Caring for your dry skin is not just about just using moisturizers’ but caring for your skin in a manner that is more effective yet delicate. It’s always best to apply moisturizer immediately after showering or cleansing your skin in order to preserve and lock in moisture while the skin is still damp.
Exfoliation is beneficial depending on the individual situation, by removing the dead skin cells. However over exfoliation can lead to dry, irritated skin, so proceed with caution or consult with a Dermatologist to find out what the best solution for you is.
Including an SPF within your regimen should be at the top of your list. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that are beneficial towards dry skin while including an SPF to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Avoid too much direct exposure to sun and stay out of tanning beds. You’ll thank us later.
Dry skin care shouldn’t plague you. So walk away with these few tips.
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