Having problems with dry, flaky skin? While that might be common in the summer months, having your skin regularly display signs of dry skin could be an annoying problem, especially if it’s persistent well into the colder weather.
It’s more than that though, dry skin can also be taken as a sign of aging, as we tend to lose our natural moisture as we advance in years. Cosmetics aside, the main disadvantage to having dry skin is that it becomes more vulnerable to breaks in integrity, and subsequently infection.
Keeping the moisture
But if dry skin is caused by aging, shouldn’t it be impossible to stop it? While there’s no point staving off the inevitable, there are methods to keeping your skin well-moisturised via external sources. Experts iterate that to slow the onset of dry skin, all one needs to do is keep them from drying off.
One way to do this is to minimize long, hot showers. Sure, it feels good after a long day at the office, but too long showers can strip your skin off natural oils. This is also true of cleansers that contain mineral oil or petroleum; these are effective at drying out your skin, more so if you’ve made a habit of applying them daily. If you have any skin care product in your regimen that contain artificial fragrances and dyes, skip on them; they are known to irritate the skin and cause inflammation.
What most women don’t like to think about their makeup is that powders, creams, and lipsticks are often viable breeding grounds for bacteria. It’s always better to use disposable sponges, at least you don’t have to run the risk of infection by re-using them. Remember that acne is caused by bacteria setting up camp in your pores. This ultimately causes inflammation, which may lead to acne. Acne almost always leaves some form of scarring, damaging otherwise smooth skin. You might also want to regularly clean your makeup brushes to prevent bacterial buildup on them.
Home remedies are not only convenient and inexpensive, but they actually work too. Milk, for instance, can help soothe itchy skin, mostly because the lactic acid corrects the pH imbalance that’s causing the itch. Lactic acid also dissolves dry, dead skin tissue and stimulates new cell growth. You might also consider adding Argan oil to your skin regimen. A natural extract, Argan oil keeps your skin looking healthy and well-moisturized, not to mention well-supplied with the nutrients it needs.
Other products are available in the market as well. Look for creams and lotions that contain glycerin, allantoin, and bisabolol to help lock in moisture, boost healing, and soothe skin.