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
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
Excessive weight loss.
Advancing age, which causes a noticeable decrease in
the natural lubrication of the skin.
Cool and dry weather, especially when the winds are
strong or humidity is low.
Too frequent bathing or showering, especially in
Certain soaps, detergents and solvents.
Chapping and skin irritation due to friction.
Keep moisture in:
You can prevent or reverse dry skin, whether
or dry days. To keep skin hydrated, Top Wellness
Health suggests the following:
Use hypo-allergenic cosmetics.
Shower with lukewarm, not hot, water and take
showers instead of baths.
Pat- don't rub- your skin dry after a bath or
Apply a barrier cream if your hands or legs are
frequently in water.
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
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.