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Dry Skin: Winter Skin Care Tips

There are those out there that are lucky enough to never have to worry about developing dry skin. The rest of us? Not so lucky!

We may have to do a little more to maintain smooth, silky skin. Here’s what you can do to combat dry, itchy, and uncomfortable skin.

What Causes Dry Skin?

Anyone can develop dry skin, but there are a few factors that increase your chances. Taking very hot baths and showers may also contribute to dry skin, and it may be interesting to note that when it’s hot out, your skin actually benefits from the extra humidity in the air, it keeps it moist and prevents it from drying out.

On the flip side, the low humidity of the chilly autumn and winter months can wreak absolute havoc on the condition of your skin. The pores in your skin produce less oil as you age, and this may also increase your chances of developing dry skin on your face and body.

Types of Dry Skin

While the unforgiving cold winter air, dry summer air, hot showers, and the various chemicals you may be exposed to can all cause dry skin to develop on your body, it can also be the result of an underlying medical condition. Dermatitis, a condition causing extremely dry skin, comes in various forms.

Atopic dermatitis

Individuals with atopic dermatitis, or eczema as it’s more commonly known, develop a rash that usually appears on the arms and behind the knees, but the dry, itchy rash can develop in other areas as well.

Contact dermatitis

As the name suggests, contact dermatitis develops due to the skin coming into contact with something that causes your skin to become inflamed.

There are also other types of contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs due to the skin coming into contact with something that you’re allergic to. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by exposing your skin to a chemical irritant, such as bleach.

Seborrheic dermatitis

A common condition in babies, occurs due to excess oil production, typically on the scalp, causing a red, itchy, and scaly rash.

How To Take Care of Dry Skin

Adopting a few easy lifestyle changes can assist in relieving dry skin, and also preventing it from developing. Here’s what you can do:

  • Avoid hot baths & showers
  • Try showering every alternate day
  • Take quick ten-minute showers
  • Switch to a moisturizing soap
  • Don’t forget to moisturize your skin after you’ve washed it
  • Try patting instead of rubbing your skin when drying it
  • Don’t scrub or scratch your skin
  • Try using a humidifier
  • Increase your water intake

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize..

Want to know how to treat dry skin on your face and body? Well, you simply need to restore moisture to the skin. While you may be able to get away with using a lighter moisturizer in summer, you’ll want something a little richer and more moisturizing during winter.

Transform your dry skin with a high-quality moisturizer that’ll rehydrate the upper layers of the skin to lock in the moisture. Look out for a moisturizer that contains these three types of key ingredients:

Emollients – These are skin smoothing ingredients that fill the gaps between skin cells, for example, linoleic, linolenic, and lauric acids.

Humectants – These draw moisture to the skin, and include ceramides, glycerin, sorbitol, hyaluronic acid, and lecithin.

Moisture-sealing ingredients – These are great for extremely dry skin, such as petrolatum (petroleum jelly), silicone, lanolin, and mineral oil.

Make sure you always have a good travel-sized hand cream with you to keep dry hands well-moisturized, such as Eucerin UreaRepair Plus, which is clinically proven to help immediately relieve & moisturize very dry, rough & strained hands, even after repeated hand-washing.

For an all-rounder that contains the best of the key ingredients – Try Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel, a great moisturizer for dry skin that’s suitable for use on all your dry skin patches, whether on your face or body.

When to Get a Professional Opinion

There are many lifestyle changes and home remedies for dry skin that’ll help most people achieve soft, smooth, itch-free skin, but they may not work for everyone, so if your dry skin symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of your healthcare practitioner who may prescribe a dry skin treatment, such as prescription ointments or creams to help solve the problem.

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