The symptoms of dry skin are often similar to normal, oily skin, only it’s much worse. But what makes this condition worse is usually the severity of your dryness, irritation, and frequency of the dry skin condition. If you find you’re going through painful tubs of lotion, have large, red, flaking patches, or feel like you’re going through buckets of water, you probably have severely dry skin, which needs a solution. The purpose of this article is to help you understand how to properly evaluate a product’s ability to treat dry skin.
First, let’s talk about why most moisturizers and creams don’t work. Moisturizers and creams simply fail to remove moisture completely from your skin because they contain petrolatum, mineral oil, or both. They offer only temporary relief and don’t help your skin repair damage or rebuild moisture from the inside out. This is one reason dry winter air can make dry skin worse-our bodies just don’t have enough time to work on our dry skin tissues!
Low humidity and harsh soaps also contribute to dry skin, as do chemical cleansers and exfoliants. These ingredients strip away the protective oils, your skin needs to stay healthy and moisturized. Once they are gone, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain the moisture levels in your body requires to function normally. Chemical cleansers and exfoliants strip away not just the protective oils, but also the healthy moisturizing properties your epidermis is composed of. This makes you even more susceptible to the harsh effects of low humidity temperatures, which are two other common problems associated with the wintertime. So the solution to all of these external factors is simple-wash with plain water, avoid soaps that contain harsh chemicals, and always use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
So here is how to avoid making your skin worse in the wintertime. If you have extremely dry skin, avoid all products that contain harsh soaps, like those with sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, dioxane, triclosan, fragrances, alcohol, mineral oil, and parabens. All of these ingredients are very harsh and will strip away your skin’s natural oils more quickly than you can read.
The best way to maintain moisture in your body is to go outside in the cold winter months and soak in a warm shower. This will open up your pores and allow them to breathe. If you use a humidifier with an automatic adjustment, you can use it to add moisture to the air in your shower and tub. A humidifier works especially well in combination with a gentle exfoliating cleanser, like a loofah, because it adds extra moisture to the scrub and then draws it out of your body through the pores.
Another treatment for dry skin that is popular is infrared saunas. These use infrared heating beams to penetrate the outer layer of your skin and release beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Many people choose this treatment when they feel their bodies need a break from their normal, hot showers. These treatments are effective, but they can be very expensive.
It can be difficult to get in peak physical condition during the winter months. Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating habits all play a part in contributing to drying out the skin, but you may not know how your bathing habits are affecting your skin until it is too late. Do you think that taking a bath each time after a meal is helpful? Probably not. In fact, the hot water from the last bath may actually make your skin drier than before! So it is important to get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat properly to keep your body and skin healthy during the winter months.
When you take these steps, you will find that the drying of your skin is not caused by any specific external factors, but by a combination of both. If you find that your skin is particularly sensitive, consider seeking the advice of a qualified physician. There are some medical conditions that will make it worse if you do not take specific measures to reduce their severity. While atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions are not common, it is still better to be safe than sorry and to seek medical help if symptoms persist.