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The Very Best Ways to Relieve Dry Skin

Updated on April 29, 2014

Dry Skin Looks Aged

What Causes Dry Skin and How to Change It

Skin type is genetically determined, however, skin will change over time. A person's skin type is determined on how much oil it produces from the sebaceous glands, and the amount of fats found between the cells.

Keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated at all times will certainly make your skin look younger. One of the best things that we can give our skin is hyaluronic acid. This is the very ingredient that is used in derma fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. It is one of the best things that we can give our skin because it is a substance that occurs naturally in the spaces between the skin cells. This is the very framework of how plump and hydrated your skin looks. Hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge and holds up to 1000 times its weight in water.

Hyaluronic acid is something that our skin contains in abundance during youth and drastically tapers off in our mid 30s. Using a creme with hyaluronic acid can greatly plump up the skin, and provide a more youthful appearance and reduces free radical damage. It is truly the wonder creme of the century. If you can't afford much this is the one that you simply can't be without. It will relieve dry skin by holding water in and hydrating from the inside out.

A serum is the quickest acting and most potent form of using this highly effective ingredient, however, there are many lotions that are excellent for body use.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, then your skin type does not produce enough oil, and follicles are usually small and the sebum is minimal. If you can barely see the follicles or they are small, this indicates a dry skin type.

Dry skin may appear thin, and in some cases there are small capillaries visible near the surface of the skin. Dry skin can appear to be fine in texture but course to the touch. Facial treatments and home maintenance can help minimize dryness and stimulate the production of oil to lubricate the skin, as inactivity of oil glands is the basis of dry skin.

Serums and creams created for Dry skin are important and one of the best creams for for the money is Aveeno, Ultra-Calming Cream. It can be used as a daily moisturizer in the morning and optimally used again in the afternoon. This cream not only moisturizes but it soothes the skin and reduces redness due to the additional ingredient of chamomile.

Do not assume that the heavier the cream, the better the treatment. Heavy cream my inhibit natural oil production, so balance is the key.

In the 1970s it was widely believed that petroleum jelly was a great moisturizer due to its greasiness, but it was later discovered that skin that was constantly smothered with this jelly was actually smothered to a degree and was actually hampered by the treatment instead of being benefited.

Hydrate and Nourish

Hydrate and nourish your skin and stimulate cell matabolism by using performance ingredients, and protecting the barrier function and keeping dry skin well lubricated. Here are a few steps in keeping dry skin at its best.

  1. Use a gentle enzyme peel, or alpha hydroxy acid peel, to exfoliate your face.
  2. For a mask, a collagen, hydrating, paraffin wax, or thermal mask may be used.
  3. A massage can be used to assist in the penetration of hydrating serum or nourishing products.
  4. A moisturizing cream with an oil base, antioxidants, and sunscreen to complete the treatment.

Skin Cremes That Work

Ten years ago a lot of research was conducted that showed free radical damage to the skin to be 90% responsible for visible aging. Free radical damage is what we get when we spend time in the sun, eat bad food, smoke or drink alcohol. During these studies it was also discovered that the only way to undo the damage done by a free radical assault is to repair it with antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the good things that we do to ourselves, like eating fresh fruits, and high quality proteins. The free radical theory of aging has come a long way in the past ten years and it has been discovered that wearing vitamins is just as beneficial as consuming them. This is why all the vitamin creams have hit the market. To make sense out of all this remember that vitamin C is one of the most important topicals for the skin. Vitamin A is great, but if you are on a budget your skin can survive without a Vitamin A, or E cream for daily use. The reason that vitamin C serum is so important is that when used first thing in the morning under your moisturizer, it helps protect the skin from the sun. Kind of a natural sun screen boost. So, as it nourishes it protects.

The Spa Treatment

If you are not on a budget a trip to the spa to see your Esthetician can do wonders for you skin. A good Esthetician will educate you and provide options for your skin type. Usually, it is best to have a series of treatments rather than have one aggressive one. For example, five chemical peels that nourish while exfoliating, rather than one peel that simply burns the top layer of skin off. If you have truly let your skin go for a long time the aggressive treatment is not a bad option but remember when undergoing a major peel in which you need a week or more to recover is also causing inflammation, and inflammation causes a free radical assault.

When you have a trained Esthetician perform an enzyme peel, your skin will actually look healthy and glowing after your treatment rather than red and inflamed. This is overall the better and safer way of treating your skin.

Don't forget that no treatment can take the place of smart anti-sun practices. There is no such thing as a healthy sun tan and to truly hold onto your looks throughout life avoiding the sun with hats, sunscreen, and a parasol are your very best friends.


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      GlendaGoodWitch 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary James

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      Mary James 5 years ago

      Dry Skin has always been my problem..Such a useful topic & hubpage this has been for me..Loved it..Thanks a lot for sharing..:)