We previously addressed dehydrated skin, which is a condition that can afflict anyone at any stage of their life, regardless of their skin type. Dehydrated skin lacks water in the upper most layer of the skin and is usually a result of harsh treatments.
Dry skin is a skin type that naturally produces less protective oils, or lipids. Skin that doesn’t produce enough protective oils doesn’t retain water and becomes dry easily.
Symptoms Of Dry Skin
- feeling of tightness
- skin that looks and feels rough
- gray, ashy skin
Dry skin is sensitive and fragile, therefore requires gentle treatment. It is easily aggravated by external factors such as cold weather, low humidity harsh wind, air conditioning, hard water, detergents and soaps. Luckily, by understanding your skin type, you can ease a lot of discomfort associated with dry skin.
- Wear protective clothing
Dry skin is particularly sensitive to the elements; wear hats, gloves and scarves to protect it. During the winter months, indoor heating and air conditioning can dry out the air and your skin. Use a humidifier to ad moisture back into the air, your skin will love it.
- Limit water exposure
Keep bath and shower times to a minimum, 10 minutes or less. Bathe no more than once a day and use warm, not hot water.
- Avoid drying soap and cleansers
Use gentle cream cleansers, which do not contain SLS or artificial fragrances. Cleansing oils are a great option for those with dry skin.
- Moisturise with products designed for dry skin
Look for moisturisers that contain ceramides, glycerin, plant butters and oils. These ingredients seal the skin and keep water from escaping. Your skin begins to lose moisture just 30 seconds after showering or cleansing. Gently pat your skin dry and apply serum and/or moisturiser immediately. A favourite trick of mine is to mix a facial oil of your choice into your moisturiser to ad an extra dose of hydration.
- Be gentle
Dry skin is fragile, don’t pull, tug or rub your skin. Avoid make-up wipes, physical exfoliants, cleansing brushes.
- Eat a diet rich in essential fatty acids
EFA’s are omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids required for good skin health. Essential fatty acids must be obtained through food or applied topically; the human body does not synthesise it.
It is important to eat a diet rich in healthy fats to avoid dry skin, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Those with a diet deficient in EFA’s often have dull, dry and sallow complexions. EFA’s are fantastic anti-inflammatories and have been shown to help with acne and common inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes and asthma.
Have a read of our nutrition blog to better understand how your diet impacts your appearance and a breakdown of foods to eat for better skin.