End That Dry Skin!   

End That Dry Skin!

Here's how to keep your skin well moisturised - come rain or shine.

The air is refreshingly cool. The soil no longer shows cracks, but puddles. The trees are lush and green. It's the wet season, so your skin should look and feel hydrated - soft and supple.

But while the air may be loaded with moisture, it is still possible for your skin to become horribly dry. It's not a question of season, but of location.

Many people spend their days indoors, where the air-conditioning system strips the atmosphere of humidity and the cold temperature dries up the skin.

Did you know that the skin on your palms and soles, while thick, is quite dry and low in lipid (fat) content? It is the surface lipids of the skin that help make skin relatively impenetrable.

Being continuously exposed to moisture depletes the skin's protective lipid level, making your body more susceptible to infections and your skin more prone to dryness.

Why skin dries up
When skin loses moisture, its surface starts to crack. Sometimes, the dried skin is just itchy, without a rash. Dry skin usually affects the lower legs, back of the hands and forearms. On occasion, dry areas may develop dermatitis, which results in itchy skin that's red and raw.

The factors that contribute to dry, cracked skin include:
1. Genetics.
2. Hypothyroidism.
3. Excessive weight loss.
4. Advancing age, which causes a noticeable decrease in the natural lubrication of the skin.
5. Cool and dry weather, especially when the winds are strong or humidity is low.
6. Air-conditioning.
7. Too frequent bathing or showering, especially in chlorinated water.
8. Certain soaps, detergents and solvents.
9. Chapping and skin irritation due to friction.

Keep moisture in:
You can prevent or reverse dry skin, whether on wet or dry days. To keep skin hydrated, Top Wellness Health suggests the following:

1. Use hypo-allergenic cosmetics.
2. Shower with lukewarm, not hot, water and take showers instead of baths.
3. Pat- don't rub- your skin dry after a bath or shower.
4. Apply a barrier cream if your hands or legs are frequently in water.
5. Use a soap substitute, eg, a synthetic detergent cleanser, water-miscible emollient, bath oil or anti-itch tar oil even when skin is in good condition.
6. Apply moisturiser liberally and often, particularly after bathing and when skin feels itchy. The drier the skin, the thicker the application should be, especially on the hands. 


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