Care Tips: Dry Skin
Tips for healthy hands
The condition of your hands reveals a lot about yourself. Hands indicate the lifestyle that you lead and display the level of care that you devote to personal grooming.
Dry and rough skin on your feet?
Dryness, flaking and cracking skin on the feet, especially the heels, are common signs of neglect that warrant our regular attention.
Dry skin from winter weather
Harsh winter conditions tend to interrupt your skin’s ability to retain adequate hydration levels. Daily maintenance with moisturizers is essential during colder weather in order to avoid getting trapped in the dry skin cycle.
Time to winterize your skin!
The extremes of cold weather and indoor heat can be particularly harsh on your skin. When the cold weather sets in, use a heavier (oil or cream based) moisturizer on your face, hands, body and feet to compensate for the drying effects of the season.
Dry air worsens dry skin
If you have dry skin, you may want to use a humidifier in your home to add moisture indoors. Setting the humidity level between 40 and 50 percent can help alleviate some of the symptoms. During the winter months, the hot dry air produced by the furnace causes your skin to feel especially dry.
The benefits of nighttime moisturizing
Moisturizers are designed to reduce water loss from the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Basic essential components of moisturizers include emollients and humectants.
Body washes are a great help for dry skin
You may not realize that prolonged exposure to water in the shower or bath can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. Water can deplete and impair the skin's natural mechanisms for retaining moisture and ultimately lead to dry skin.
Tips to maintain the needed moisture level in skin
Although bathing temporarily hydrates your skin, it actually removes the oily lipid layer and very quickly causes more moisture loss than gain. If you don’t have to, particularly during winter season, try showering or bathing every other day instead of daily.
New advances: The use of peptides in skin care
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Dry and cracked skin on your feet?
There’s a relatively simple solution! Apply a generous amount of thick moisturizer to your feet, cover them up in plastic food saver wrap (i.e., Saran Wrap), then pull on a pair of socks for a couple hours.
Dry skin? No hot baths!
Don't take long hot baths because this can exacerbate dry skin, especially during the winter months. Instead, try short lukewarm baths or showers. Body washes with lotion are now available for an added level of protection from dryness.
Take care of your hands!
We often spend a lot of time (and money) trying to make our faces look their best, but our hands need attention too. Your hands will clearly reflect the care that you have given them.
Do you have dry skin?
If you are over the age of 50 or frequently work outside, you may find yourself with dry and itchy skin. Choose a moisturizing cream rather than a lotion to replenish your skins moisture levels.
Managing itchy skin ...
Dry or sensitive skin, eczema, insect bites and contact allergies can cause itchy skin. A traditional way to soothe the itch is to add oatmeal to your bathwater.