Dry skin, which is also called Xerosi, is a harmless condition where the epidermis, or most superficial layer of the skin, is deprived of adequate water. The epidermis consists of lipid, or fat, and protein that helps keep the skin hydrated. When the epidermis is dehydrated, lipids and proteins diminish, which results in rapid evaporation of skin moisture. Thus, skin becomes dryer. As this happens, the skin becomes much more irritable and sensitive to rash and reactions.
Dry skin can be caused by a number of different factors, including:
- Weather climate;
- Excessive exposure to heat, harsh or toxic chemicals in washing products (soaps and laundry detergents);
- Significant outdoor exposure; or
- Pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Weather in particular is a key factor in dry skin. The skin experiences severe or extreme dryness in winter, because cold temperatures and humidity levels plummet. Dry skin can also occur as the result of a bad reaction or sensitivity to a medication. Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, acne, high cholesterol, and allergens require specific medications that may carry dry skin as a side effect. Other times, dry skin is simply caused by using a moisturizer product that is inadequate of providing the skin with the nutrients it needs.
If dry skin is left untreated for a prolonged period of time, the skin becomes prone to eczema triggering, extensive skin discoloration, or infection. Fortunately, there are several treatment options for dry skin that can be performed in the comfort of the home.
1. Take lukewarm showers over hot or cold showers
Hot showers promote red and wrinkly skin; and frequent hot showers can lead to dry, itchy skin. Cold showers can also cause skin redness and dry skin. Thus, it is best to take lukewarm showers.
2. Find healthy ways to cope, manage, and release stress
The body goes through stress on a daily basis. While stress cannot necessarily be avoided, it can be controlled. The key to controlling stress is to remember to exercise self-care while finding healthy coping mechanisms. Daily exercise, hydration, and sufficient sleep are all examples of self-care practices. Do not overwhelm yourself with daily tasks, and find a work life balance.
3. Indulge in an oatmeal bath
Oatmeal baths are excellent sources of relief for sensitive skin. Oats help provide relief from the itching sensation, inflammation, and skin redness. Soaking for at least 15 minutes in a lukewarm bath with oats sprinkled in will help reduce dry skin symptoms.
4. Use hydrating hand sanitizer and hygiene products
Use hydrating hand sanitizer and hygiene products that will not drain moisture from the skin. Products that contain one or more of the following ingredients are best:
You should look for one or more of the following ingredients that retain moisture are best: polyethylene glycol, akyl-polyglycoside, silicone surfactants, lanolin, or paraffin.
5. Use a humidifier
Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which may help delay or prevent skin from drying.
6. Consume a healthy diet
You are what you eat! Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins are excellent for the whole body and skin as they all contain nutrients that restore balance and bring hydration to the skin. Processed junk food, however, is filled with toxic chemicals and food dyes that are not purposed to aid the body. Be sure to consume at least one liter of water a day. Water hydrates the skin and rinses toxics out of the system. Scientific research may even link high fish oil consumption promotes younger appearing skin.
Don’t become discouraged when you notice dry skin. Contact dermatitis can be treated and controlled with the right skin care routine. RosyRadiant products contain excellent moisturizing ingredients including aloe vera and avocado that repair damaged skin and moisturize dry skin.