What Is Dry Skin?
Also known as xerosis, dry skin is a common skin condition that can occur in people of all ages and health status. Dry skin tends to be worse during winter months when the humidity is low (sometimes called "winter itch"). Symptoms of dry skin include itching, redness, and sensitivity due to rough patches, scaling, flaking, and cracked skin. Dry skin occurs because the sebaceous glands in your skin are not producing enough oil to keep your skin hydrated and this tends to worsen as we age because your skin produces less and less oil. While dry skin may come and go or result from lifestyle factors like frequent hand-washing, dry skin can always benefit from the routine use of hydrating and moisturizing skin care products.
To Avoid Dry Skin:
Apply moisturizer several times a day. To lock in as much moisture as possible, apply skincare moisturizers after bathing or washing your hands. As dry skin can be extra sensitive, it is best to avoid using products containing harsh soaps, synthetic fragrances, and artificial colors. Use a humidifier in your home to circulate warm, moist air during the cold and dry winter months.
Lifestyle tips to help you avoid dry skin:
- Avoid hot water when bathing or showering. If you're going to jump in the bath or hot tub, keep the water at a warm comfortable temperature and limit the time you spend in the water. The longer you bath or shower, the more oils are washed from your skin.
- Add 2-3 pumps of squalane oil to your bath to help lock in essential moisture.
- Use a gentle facial cleanser or squalane oil to remove your makeup.
- After showering, apply a moisturizer or lotion to your skin while it is still damp to help lock in moisture.
- Dry your skin with a soft towel by patting rather than harsh rubbing.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
- Avoid scratching or scrubbing dry skin patches.
- Use a humidifier in your home to maintain optimal humidity.
- Wear gloves when cleaning.
- Reapply moisturizers throughout the day and evening when possible, especially to your hands and other areas that are prone to dryness.