If your like me this time of year can be most uncomfortable when it comes to crawling itchy dry skin. Cold weather outside. Drastic temperature changes, household heaters turned up. No wonder our skin is confused.
For many, dry skin is not a sign of a skin condition or disease, but is simply caused by harsh soaps, itchy clothing, misusing moisturizer, and long, hot showers. Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of Dry Skin.
Dry Skin and Moisturizer Misuse ~~If you don’t apply your moisturizer correctly them you aren’t getting any of the benefits of it. You have to put on moisturizer when your skin is still damp, the moisturizer is trapping the moisture still on your skin.” Your skin shouldn’t be sopping wet – just pat yourself dry with a towel and put it on. Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then towel off the excess. Try any one of the Moisture Therapy products: Ultra Skin Renewal, Intensive Treatment, Oatmeal, Vitamin Skin Defense. All available in 13.5 fl oz Body Lotion, 4.2fl oz Hand Cream and our new Bonus Size 33.8fl oz Body lotion. All on Sale NOW!
Dry Skin and Dry Air ~~ Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter. It draws the moisture right out of the skin.” While cold, harsh weather does dry your skin, another big problem in the winter lies indoors — the dry heat churned out by your furnace.
Prolonged exposure to water – especially hot water – can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. Turn the temperature down and shorten the length of time your in the water. Use cream oil body wash or shower Gel, like Skin So Soft
Soapy Skin, Dry Skin?~~
Soap can be one of the biggest problems people have with dry skin Soap can quickly strip away your skin’s protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. The average person who goes to school or work
just doesn’t get very dirty during the day. However in the shower many people scrub at their skin like it’s the bottom of their shoes. Unless you’re a ditch digger, the only parts of the body that need any soap or cleanser at all are the face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The rest of the body can usually just be rinsed off with water. Using an oil type body wash or shower gel will help restore some of that lost moisture your skin needs to stay healthy. Avon’s world famous Skin So Soft products are a great choice for this. Available in Body Wash, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Serums Gelled Body Oil. In Original scent and Signature Silk.
Itchy Clothing and Dry Skin~~
No matter how much you might love the look of a wool sweater, it’s not worth it if it’s uncomfortable. Dry skin is especially sensitive to contact irritants, so continually exposing your skin to uncomfortable clothing could make your skin drier and itchier. Go with clothes that feel comfortable the first time you put them on. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight either, since chafing can also cause and irritate dry skin. And remember, if your skin feels irritated, use detergents without perfumes or dyes.
Some Drugs May Dry Skin~~
A number of drugs have the side effect of drying out the skin. They include:
- High blood pressure drugs, like diuretics
- Retinoids like Retin-A used for acne and for other purposes
Getting Help for Dry, Itchy Skin
While dry skin can be a sign of these more serious health conditions, it’s usually nothing more than run-of-the-mill dry skin — regardless of how horrible it feels.
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