As many people who suffer from dry eye also report dryness of the skin, we thought to introduce an article that deals with dry skin.
What is dry skin?
The skin dries out due to the deterioration of the natural barrier that maintains its hydration. This can lead to more serious conditions, such as eczema.
Dry skin can become rough, flaking and chapped. Itching and irritation are often associated with drying of the skin.
Several factors contribute to the dryness of the skin. The sun, changes in seasons or temperatures, hereditary factors and the use of irritants are some examples. The skin tends to become dry in the winter months, as the outside temperature is cold and windy, while the home or office environment is dry and hot. Aging also affects the skin, causing it to gradually lose its natural moisturizing properties.
How to prevent dryness of the skin?
Prevention of dry skin requires careful care. Moisturizing your skin helps keep it healthy and radiant and youthful. Here are some measures that help promote good hydration of the skin:
- Reduce shower time and use less hot water.
- Do not wash more than once a day.
- Use a soap-free body care specifically designed for dry skin. After a shower or bath, blot the water on the skin with a soft towel; avoid rubbing.
- Apply a moisturizing or emollient agent immediately after washing to form a barrier that will keep your skin moisturized. You can reapply during the day for maximum effect.
- Protect yourself from the drying effects of the sun by using, both winter and summer, sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply a generous layer at least 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.
- Wear gloves when working in the garden or when using household products.
- Use a humidifier, especially during the winter. However, be sure to clean it and keep its filters clean to prevent the spread of dust and mold.
- In winter, protect your skin from wind and cold by dressing properly. Wearing gloves and a scarf can make a good difference.
- Stop smoking. Smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels, which reduces the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
- Moisturize appropriately by drinking six to eight glasses of water or other liquids daily unless directed by your doctor.
- Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation in your skin.