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How to care for your dry skin

Updated on August 4, 2017

There are different types of skins that people have. Every type of skin has its own characteristics. Some are happy with oily skin and some with dry skin. Mostly the skin types are natural. However, age and the environment are two factors that contribute to skin type.

It is the sebaceous glands within the dermis layer that produce sebum which is body’s natural moisturizer. When they start producing less sebum, the skin starts turning dry. The skin’s ability to retain moisture also lessens as we grow older. This is caused by the breakdown of the intracellular combination of the collagen and elastin layers that helps hold skin tissue together. When this layer begins to break apart, it becomes more difficult for skin to hold in moisture. When moisture escapes, the skin becomes dry.

Other causes of dry skin include climates that are stormy and dry. Excessive use of detergents and soaps and too much unprotected exposure to the sun rays can also adversely affect the skin. Genetics plays a role as well.

Dry skin can be a blessing but more often it is problematic. The people with dry skin generally need not worry about blemishes except for the rare stray that appears from hormonal changes or stress. But dry skin looks dull and peeling. And worse, it can accentuate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Caring For Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you are to take proper care and try to retain as much moisture as possible. One way is to limit using products containing alcohol because alcohol dries the skin. The recommended elements for dry skin health include alpha hydroxy, lactic acids, lanolin and glycerin

Dry skin would not always feel like it needs to be cleansed, but it does require cleansing twice daily. Use a gentle cleanser made especially for dry skin. Cleanse using warm water and finish off with a cool rinse. It’s not a good idea to use hot water to clean any type of skin as doing so will strip skin of its natural oils.

After washing your skin, pat it dry using a soft towel. Then apply a light moisturizer. The moisturizers containing Vitamin E are excellent choices. They keep your skin hydrated. You should drink plenty of water and increase consumption of high water content foods. Most fruits and vegetables are excellent hydrating foods and at the same time they are excellent sources of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants are important in maintaining the skin’s intracellular structure.

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