Our skin is the body's largest organ, so caring for it is essential for our overall health.
Dry skin, what is it?
When your skin is dry, cells lose moisture, with water escaping through the surface. As a result our skin tends to look dry, scaly or flaky and is rough to touch.
On the face, this is most common around your cheeks, jawline and chin.
Prolonged dehydration increases your likelihood of sensitivity and premature ageing, so recognising dry skin is important.
Dry skin, what to look for?
- A feeling of tightness, especially after cleansing
- Ageing, especially fine lines around the eyes where skin is thinnest
- Scaling or flaking
- Rough texture
What causes dry skin & what can I do about it?
Dry air can cause dry skin. Seasonal extremes like cold winters and hot summers alter humidity levels, lessening the amount of moisture in the air and on your skin – cold winds and burning sun can make things worse. Even climate control like heating and air conditioning can dehydrate your skin.
If your skin is already dry, you will need to add moisture back in. A rich moisturiser will replenish susceptible areas like your face and hands, and contains hydration to improve skin health. Drinking more than 1 litre of water daily will help to keep your body hydrated during times when skin is more prone to dryness.
Ageing can cause dry skin as your body’s hormone levels change. Over time, as we age the amount of collagen and elastin in skin reduces.
In addition, sun damage caused by UV rays can cause dry skin, with photo-ageing giving skin a thick, leathery appearance.
We all know a balanced diet is the foundation to good health. Some key tips for assisting to hydrate dry skin are:
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Increasing your fatty fish intake such as salmon, tuna or trout containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, can help your skin retain moisture
- Nuts are rich in vitamin E, advocado is rich in vitamin E, orange and yellow vegetables - rich in beta-carotene they contain nutrients to help repair damaged tissue and prevent premature ageing.
- Drinking water for general body hydration
If you tend to have dry skin as your general skin type then preventative treatments, as well as looking out for dry skin symptoms (like tightness after cleansing and scaliness or flaking), will help you manage the condition.
3 Quick Dry Skin Solutions
- Using an emollient cleanser is the ideal first step. Avoid using drying soaps.
- Keep your shower temperature warm and length spent in the shower short during winter months. Try to avoid really hot, long showers as they can irritate dry skin.
- Moisturise your skin after the shower to lock in moisture.
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