How to treat your dry skin

How to treat your dry skin

How to treat your dry skin

Whether you’re accumulating those frequent flier miles jetting around the world or spend your days in the cool air conditioned comfort of your home or office, you’re subjecting your skin to a host of dehydrating factors that drain away the valuable moisture you need to lock in the softness.

Why do we get dry skin?

When we get dry skin, it means the top layer of our skin – the epidermis -- is not retaining enough natural oils and water. Here are some reasons why your skin may be dry:

  • Air-conditioning round the clock.
  • Frequent air travel.
  • Exposure to the sun.
  • Chlorine in swimming pools or salty seas.
  • Exposure to cold dry air during the winter months.
  • Too frequent hand washing or showering.
  • Too much use of harsh soaps or household cleansers.

Some of us get dry skin simply because we are growing older, or because our genetics do not generate sufficient natural oils or moisture to the skin.

 

What can we do about dry skin?
You can protect your skin by helping the outer layer to retain moisture and by avoiding external factors, which may cause dryness. Here are some tips.

  • Wash with a mild cleanser that gently softens and conditions. Harsh soaps will strip your skin of its natural moisture.
  • Don’t linger too long in the bath or shower and use warm water instead of hot.
  • Gently pat your skin dry after a shower and apply a rich, emollient moisturiser while the skin is slightly damp. Glycerine in the moisturiser will attract and maintain moisture.
  • For extremely dry areas such as elbows, knees, even lips, apply hand cream or another intensive moisturiser at bedtime for overnight repair to the dry skin.
  • Put a humidifier in the house if the air conditioning is too dry and cold all the time.
  • Be careful not to over-use a hand sanitiser. The alcohol will kill germs but repeated use can leave your hands rough, dry and chapped. Use a hand sanitiser which contains a moisturiser.
  • Avoid too much sunlight and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Don’t forget your feet -- slather on a rich foot cream and slip on cotton socks.

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