All of us have been plagued by dry skin at one point or another. This can occur due to a number of reasons. It begins when the outermost layer of the skin – which normally has 10% - 30% moisture – shrinks, stretches, cracks, itches, and becomes flaky; namely, becomes dry.
Although the skin normally loses water through evaporation, it is also creating natural oils to help seal in the moisture. Frequent baths (especially those hot showers) and harsh soaps tend to deplete and hinder the production of these natural oils. With age, the production of natural oils reduces further contributing to dryness.
The most unavoidable reason however, is seasonal dry skin. Is the weather hot and dry? Hello, dry skin. Is the weather cold and dry? Hello, dry skin. And the only time you can rely on for your skin to be perfectly moist is when it’s pouring so much that you can’t leave your house.
So, let’s learn how we can keep up and beat the weather to get great, healthy skin all year round.
First things first: Moisturise. This may seem like an obvious solution, but it’s one we tend to forget about in our busy schedules. Spending two minutes massaging a moisturising cream, or even an oil into your skin can do wonders. The best part? It gives you a headstart against seasonal dry skin. It’s best to moisturise your skin twice a day – once in the morning and once at night.
Moisturising can both cure and prevent dry skin. If your skin is already on its way to dryness, then opt for moisturisers that are thick and creamy.
Recommended Product: CLEAN & CLEAR® OIL FREE Moisturiser
Eat those veggies for quality protein and increase your intake of raw foods. After all, an apple a day can also keep the dry skin away. Eggs, onions, and garlic help keep skin smooth. Make sure you consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables that are high in an antioxidant called beta-carotene. The best thing to do here is to give in to your inner Bugs Bunny and munch on those carrots. And finally, avoid hot deep fried food and junk food.
Despite all this, even the most careful person can get dry skin. If you’re reading this with flaky, itchy skin, then don’t you worry! Along with lathering on the moisturiser, there are other ways you can treat it.
Beat the Heat
Excessive exposure to the hot sun is basically dry skin’s BFF. How do you beat this? Simple – sunscreen! The sun’s rays are as intense in the winter as it is in the summer, so really, just keep that sunscreen handy at all times and reapply it every two hours when you’re out. So you can beat the heat AND your dry skin!
Rubbing off the dry skin cells to expose the youthful skin below is also another extremely effective treatment for dry skin. However, make sure you opt for gentle exfoliators manufactured specially for dry skin, since harsh exfoliators might just add to the dryness.
Exercise gets your blood flowing, oxygenating, and moisturising your skin as you burn those calories. Even a simple run can work wonders for not only your dry skin, but the health of your skin in general.
Lack of sleep doesn’t only make you yawn at the worst of times, but it also makes your skin more sensitive and prone to dryness. Growth hormones that reproduce skin cells and stimulate the skin are released during the latter stages of sleep, making our skin healthier while we basically do nothing. Pillow, anyone?