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Tips For Improving Dry Skin

Tips For Improving Dry Skin

Flaky, red, and itchy skin – those are just some of the things people with dry skin have to suffer through. It’s a common condition but is more common in people with a history of atopic dermatitis, allergies, asthma, eczema, hypothyroidism and hyperthyrodism. Dry skin can be further exacerbated by cold weather. It can also be caused as a side effect of certain medications. Gender doesn’t play a role in dry skin as it affects males and females equally but age is a factor. Mature skin is much more prone to becoming dry because as we age, our skin tends to produce less and less natural oils. Specific areas such as the arms, hands, and lower legs tend to be more prone to dryness.

Dry skin can last anywhere from a few days to weeks. In others, it can be a severe, long-term problem. There are however some simple but effective treatments and skin care regimens for dry skin. Basic prevention would be to steer clear of harsh and drying soaps and cleansers. Another basic treatment for dry skin is the regular use of moisturizers and emollients. Here are some tips for improving and caring for dry skin:

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1. Moisturize. Skin moisturizers are the first step to battling dry skin. Moisturizers will rehydrate your epidermis while sealing in moisture. What should you look for in a moisturizer? They should contain humectants like ceramides, glycerin, sorbitol and lecithin which help attract moisture. Another set of ingredients to look for are petrolatum, lanolin and mineral oil to help seal moisture within the skin. Emollients such as linolenic and lauric acid, meanwhile, smoothen skin by filling in the gaps between cells. The best time to put on moisturizer is within three minutes after getting off the shower when your skin is still slightly damp.

2. Exfoliate – but do so gently. Regular exfoliation, no more than once a week, is important for any skin type. However, dry and sensitive skin do need a gentler touch. Exfoliation will slough off the dead skin cells lying on the surface of the skin thus allowing the newer cells to come to the surface and ensuring that the moisturizer and other prodTips_For_Improving_Dry_Skinucts you use will be able to penetrate and work on these healthy cells. You can also opt to use natural exfoliants such as yoghurt, papaya and pumpkin.

3. Drink enough water. Make sure you get those 8 glasses of pure water every day. Humans are made up of 70% water so you it’s important to keep your body –and your skin- hydrated. If you lead a much more active lifestyle, drink more. You should also stay away from alcohol and caffeine which act as diuretics and will dry you out.

4. Cut on the hot showers. Hot water can actually strip off your skin’s natural oils so limit your hot showers to no more than 5 minutes then switch to warm water instead. Make sure to wash with a gentle and fragrance-free cleanser and use only enough to remove dirt and oil. Try to avoid scrub brushes, sponges and washcloths to avoid daimprove dry skinmaging your skin.

5. Cover up. Finally, protect your skin from the elements. Sun, wind, heat and cold can all cause and worsen dry skin. Apply moisturizer before going out to battle with these elements. When it comes to clothing, make sure to use non-irritating textiles such as cotton or silk and stay away from rough textiles such as wool.

Dry skin isn’t a serious condition but if left alone, it may result in complications such as rashes, eczema, cellulitis, skin discoloration and even infections. Fortunately, it’s also a condition that you can easily remedy and following the tips above should help you greatly.

The Importance Of Regular Exfoliation

The Importance Of Regular Exfoliation

Sure, you can cleanse, moisturize, and slather on the sunscreen but if you’re not exfoliating, your efforts won’t amount to much. Every 28 to 45 days, our skin renews itself. The new “baby” cells are born deep within the dermis and move up to the epidermis only to slowly die in turn. Therefore, the surface of our skin is made up of dead skin cells and once they fall off or are removed, the old ones will be replaced by new, healthy cells until those too become dead cells in a regular cycle. As we age however, cell turnover slows down and if dead skin cells are left and start to clump together, leeching the luster from your skin, making it look dull, lifeless and at times even grey.

In order to stimulate the production of newer cells and keep your skin healthy, you should ensure that exfoliation is part of your skin care regimen. There are two ways to exfoliate – mechanical or chemical. Scrubbing or even scratching skin is already a form of mechanical exfoliation. This method uses physical abrasion to rub off dead skin cells. Examples of this method include using salt or sugar scrubs, coffee grounds, and skin brushing. When picking out your body scrub, go for products that have small, round and gentle particles like jojoba. Scrubs that are too harsh or have jagged particles can leave micro tears on your skin. Be sure to use a gentle, light touch when exfoliating – that’s enough to get rid of the dead skin cells. Any harder and you’ll just be irritating or even hurting your skin.

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The other method is chemical exfoliation such as peels and masks. This makes use of enzymes, alphahydroxy acids or betahydroxy acids to provide a deep level of exfoliation. These chemicals will help loosen the glue holding cells together so they can be washed off. Glycolic acids reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while salicylic acids work on acne. Retinoids meanwhile help to promote cell turnover while exfoliating the skin. Chemical peels may be gentle or abrasive, depending on how strong the peel is.

Whether your skin is oily, dry, combination or normal, regular exfoliation should be part of your skin care routine. For oily skin that’s prone to acne, exfoliation can help unclog your pores. Experts recommend exfoliating no more than once a week because too much scrubbing would actually stress your sebaceous glands more and make breakouts worse. For those suffering from a bad case of acne, you can pay a visit to your dermatologist and for a chemical peel using salicylic acid and retinoic acid.

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For dry or sensitive skin, you’ll need to use an even gentler and lighter touch to avoid irritation. Steer clear of strong exfoliants such as those that contain glycolic acids. Instead, go for scrubs that have rounded particles and gently massage them unto your skin using light, small and circular motions. Again, once a week is enough and over exfoliating can backfire in the form of irritated and even more dried out skin.

Those with normal skin can withstand more varied forms of exfoliation and deeper pressure. You can use alpha-hydroxy acid cleansers and use a facial massager to aid the products in penetrating your skin better and even leave you with a rosy glow due to stimulated blood circulation.

Exfoliation, when properly and regularly done, will remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. This would allow the moisturizers and other creams that nourish the skin to actually seep in and work on healthy cells rather than sitting on top of dead ones.