We all suffer from dry skin from time to time. Dry skin is basically caused by the loss of moisture from the outer surface of the skin and its insufficient replacement from the tissues below. The levels of dryness will be different in everyone and is essentially down to the wide variation in the amount of perspiration and oil secreted by the glands. These differences can be hereditary or caused by the environment.
Air-conditioning for us here in the desert is the main culprit as the a/c sucks moisture from the atmosphere.
To reduce the risks of dry skin take a look at the following tips:
Tip #1: Use lotion or creams
Always use a moisturizing body cream after a shower or bath. The type of body moisturizer will depend on the individual. You could also try a baby oil – step our of the bath/shower – lightly dry yourself but still leave your skin damp and slap the oil over your entire body. The oil will lock in the moisture – you’ll be amazed at the results.
On your face make sure you use a soap free face wash, or if you use a cleansing lotion make sure it’s light, creamy texture.
After cleansing the face always use a toner to close pores and then use a hyaluronic acid product and then your normal moisturizer. We recommend hyaluronic as it is a natural way to increase moisture levels in the skin – see the Beauty Intelligence article on Hyaluronic Acid.
Try to use a moisturizing shower-gel if you can. Soaps can have an extremely drying effect on the skin and can often strip the skin of natural oils. in your garden, make sure to also put on gloves to protect your hands from getting into contact with harmful chemicals that may also cause dry skin.
Tip #3: Drink plenty of water.
Drinking a lot of water – as we all know water is the elixir of life so drinking plenty will help keep skin moisturized.
Tip #4: Have sufficient sleep.
Ahhh – the magic of sleep. Sleeping at least 7 to 8 hours each night will help improve the release of melatonin and serotonin hormones, which are essential in maintaining excellent texture of the skin.
These essential tips will keep your skin in a tip top condition and may even make you look younger.