For most people winters are associated with holidays and fun, but for some they are beginning of a common skin problem – dryness. Dry skin may crack and peel excessively in cold weather. Read on to learn how to get rid of dry skin and stay moisturised all day long.
If you have got dry skin, you know how tough it can be to keep it hydrated and healthy all day long. Using moisturisers can help you to some extent, but that is not going to heal the problem. Winters can make things worse thanks to the low temperatures, low humidity and harsh winds that deplete skin of its natural lipid layer, increasing the dryness and making skin itchy and flaky. But, is winter the only culprit for dry skin? Well, no. There are many other factors that can cause dryness. So, before we discuss dry skin treatment options, let’s have a look at causes of dry skin.
Skin has a protective layer that protects it from weather and other environmental factors. But there are some factors that physically strip away this protective barrier, causing dryness. Cold weather is just one of these factors. Harsh chemicals, long hot showers, lack of hydration and indoor heating are some of the other things that can cause dryness. Age also plays an important role in determining skin condition. Dry skin is common among people over the age of 60. The reason is depletion of natural oil and breakdown of skin protein. Although dry skin doesn’t pose any serious health risk, it looks unpleasant and must not be ignored as it can lead to dermatitis.
Rubbing moisturisers on your skin all day is not the only thing that you need to combat dryness. Here is how you can treat your dry skin and keep it healthy:
Following these tips can help reduce dryness and make skin smooth. But, if you have ultra-dry skin, then cold weather can cause redness or inflammation. Use a cool compress on the area for a week. If it doesn’t help, make an appointment with your doctor.
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