There are 4 basic skin types, oily, dry, normal and combination. Except for normal skin type, all the others come with their own share of problems. However, as the hot summer season approaches those who suffer from dry skin will have the sun to contend with, along with a wide range of issues related to dry skin. When your skin gets extra dry it can peel, crack and become rough and itchy. There isn’t one particular reason for dry skin; it can be caused by several different factors such as;
- Hormonal changes
- Ingredients in cosmetics and soaps
- Weather conditions such as sun and wind
- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
- Indoor heating
TREATING DRY SKIN
1. Avoid Soap – it’s best to just avoid soaps altogether if you have dry skin because most of them are extremely drying and will only worsen the situation. Instead, wash your face with a liquid cleanser—especially ones that contain lavender and chamomile. These plant extracts will naturally replenish the body.
2. Boycott hot baths – Hot water actually strips away your body’s natural oils, which is why your skin might feel extra dry after you bathe or shower. Opt for cold water instead and in colder weather, warm water is your best option. Also take shorter showers and bath.
3. Moisturize – Because your bathing routine stripped the natural oils from your body you need to replenish these oils. This is why it’s so important to use a body moisturizer after every shower or bath. Lather on an adequate amount and in cases of extra dry skin, opt for creams and ointments that are specifically geared towards dry skin. Also make sure you bring a moisturizer with you wherever you go so that you can reapply throughout the day, or as needed.
4. Invest in Oils – There are many different types that work on your skin from the inside, and out. Flaxseed oil and fish oil are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and they help to keep the skin supple. You can also use coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and flaxseed oil on your skin, to moisturize it or add any of these oils to your moisturizer if you don’t want to use the oil only.
5. Read Product Ingredients – Before you purchase products for your face and body make sure to read the ingredients properly. There are certain skincare items that will make dry skin conditions even worse; you want to stay away from products which contain alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic Acid and retinoid. During the winter months the skin loses lipids (the barrier that keeps water in) so it’s important to use products that contain lipids in order to replenish this.