How to take care of dry skin?

February 25, 2019
Dry skin?

How to take care of dry skin?

Dry skin might seem simple, but it’s a complicated topic. When skin is dry, all these elements of healthy, younger, and hydrated skin literally dries up. Thankfully, the research has reached enough consensus to outline the path you can take to turn your dry skin into hydrated, nourished, and plump-looking skin.

How to Restore Hydration to Skin:

Stop drying and damaging skin’s surface by avoiding these things-

  • Soaps (all kinds, and anything in bar form)
  • Drying cleansers of any kind (only gentle, skin-softening cleansers allowed)
  • Products with harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients (i.e. alcohol denat., peppermint, menthol, mint, citrus, eucalyptus, and all fragrance, whether natural or synthetic)
  • Using extremely hot or cold water
  • Soaking skin for lengthy periods of time in the tub or shower will breakdown skin (too much water is as problematic as too little water)
  • Abrasive scrubs, loofahs, or stiff-bristled cleansing brushes that cause micro-tears in skin’s surface

Start giving your skin the things it needs to stay hydrated and radiant:

Wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 or greater 365 days of the year, rain or shine It only takes one minute of unprotected sun exposure to start chipping away at your skin’s surface stability. When skin is compromised from repeated, unprotected sun exposure, it slowly but surely makes it less able to hold moisture or feel smooth, to say nothing of the wrinkles and skin tone changes that develop.

Use moisturizers and serums that are filled to the brim with antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients. These are all the crucial elements skin needs to reconstitute itself, hold on to water, and feel supremely smooth and radiant. No one’s skin can be rehydrated without these indispensable substances that skin thrives on.

Constant exposure to dry environments, cold weather, or low-humidity air from heaters or air conditioners can also be problematic because they impair and degrade the skin’s protective surface. Adding a humidifier to your home can make a world of difference!

Treatment:   

In most cases, dry skin responds well to lifestyle measures, such as using moisturizers and avoiding long, hot showers and baths. If you have very dry and scaly skin, your doctor may recommend you use an over-the-counter (nonprescription) cream that contains lactic acid or lactic acid and urea. If you have a more serious skin disease, such as atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis or psoriasis, your doctor may prescribe prescription creams and ointments or other treatments in addition to home care.

Dr. Chetna K. Ghura Skin specialist & dermatologist, Skin Image clinic Faridabad says that Sometimes dry skin leads to dermatitis, which causes red, itchy skin. In these cases, treatment may include hydrocortisone-containing lotions. If your skin cracks open, your doctor may prescribe wet dressings to help prevent infection.