Dry skin is unlike other any other skin type. With dry skin you’re not looking to reduce oil, but add moisture. Dry skin can be identified by almost invisible pores, a dull completion, red patches, less elasticity, and more visible lines. When exposed to drying factors, skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Causes of dry skin are genes, aging, weather, tanning, medications and ingredients in soaps, cosmetics and cleaners. Fortunately, most dry skin comes from environmental factors that can be controlled. These include exposure to hot or cold weather with low humidity levels and excessive bathing.
A very common place for dry skin is the chest due to sun damage. The skin on the chest gets so dry because of the UV damage, there are no oil glands, and it typically gets forgotten in the skin care regimen. All of that can add up to prematurely old looking skin on a woman’s chest. So never stop your anti aging regimen at the jawline, include your neck and chest. Just like hands give away your real age, so does your neck. There is one way to prevent lines on your chest, and that is to start sleeping on your back! It will take time to get used to. And use Retinol at night and sunscreen during the daytime. One other way to remositurize dry chest skin is to exfoliate. But stay away from harsh grainy scrubs, use light acid peels and Retinol every other night. Retinol or Retin-A are great for your chest. However, since the chest has no oil glands, and skin there is thinner, use common since and don’t over treat the delicate skin.
Very dry flaky skin is often see on women 50 and older. We don’t have the same levels of estrogen we used to have. So we have to moisturize regularly. Middle-aged woman should apply cream, oil, lotion, or some sort of good lubricant to your skin every 12 hours. A good natural body oil that will mimic skin’s sebum, a natural oil/lubricant is Jojoba oil. Protect your skin from being dry in your younger years so you’ll have to do less work in your later years.
How to care for Dry Skin
Some tips for caring for dry skin are taking shorter baths and showers, using unscented mild soaps and cleaners, applying a rich moisturizer right after bathing, like Oridel Velvet Night Cream, using a humidifier(set at 45-55%), and wear gloves while cleaning. Also wear cotton and other natural fibers. Wool, synthetics, or other fabrics can be scratchy and irritating. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and eat omega-3 rich foods. The fatty acids can help build the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Foods rich in omega-3 include cold-water fish (salmon, halibut, sardines), flax, walnuts, and safflower oil. Lastly keep away from strong facial cleansers, I use Oridel Face Cleaner With Sea Buckthorn. If you would like to help treat your dry skin with a mask, I would suggest you use an oil based mask. A great homemade mask would be ½ banana smashed, 1tb honey, and 2tb sour cream. Mix together and apply to skin, leave on for 10-20 minutes.
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