Women skin is the mirror of health, confidence, hormonal stability and sexuality. Skin is the first line of defense against negative factors and stressors. Sun, wind, cold or hot weather, professional negative factors can make your skin dry. Daily dry skin care is crucial – it will help you to have smooth, elastic and sleek skin.
Dry skin can be pretty uncomfortable because of scaling, itching and cracking – it could be triggered by several factors. Some women have naturally dry skin and others could experience dryness of skin in different circumstances.
Main negative factors are genetic, environmental or medical. At the same time many women experience skin dryness because of wrong skin care or wrong selection of hygiene products.
Fortunately, environmental factors that can be at least partially controlled cause most dry skin. These factors include hot or cold weather, low humidity and soaking in hot water.
Dry skin causes
Usually skin aging is the result of hormonal changes (mainly decreased production of female hormones responsible for many important functions including skin metabolism. As hormone levels decline over the years, skin becomes thin and parched. It is well visible during perimenopause and menopause.
Cold weather or very hot weather could cause skin dryness. In most cases skin dryness could appear during winter, when temperature and humidity levels go down. Skin suffers also from very hot weather during summer, when temperature is staying high and humidity levels remain low.
It is well known that sun dries the skin and ultraviolet radiation penetrates far beyond the top layer of skin. The most significant damage occurs deeper, leading to deep wrinkles and loose, sagging skin. Too much sun exposure can significantly damage our skin and even provoke skin diseases. According to scientists, heat from sun usually dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. At the same time, sun’s ultraviolet radiation could cause skin burning and long-term changes in the skin’s structure.
Wrong skin hygiene
If you have daily habit to have hot shower or bath, it could dry your skin.
If you enjoy steamy showers, it could sooth your body but can also dry out the natural oils in the skin more quickly.
If you use moisture-robbing soaps, it could trigger skin dryness. Try to choose soap that moisturizes as it cleanses.
If you scrub your skin with scrubby sponge to get it clean, you could destroy natural oily skin protection. Don’t rub-down your skin.
If your shower with harsh soaps strips moisture from your skin, it could also cause unpleasant skin dryness.
Skin problems or diseases
Some skin condition, like atopic dermatitis or psoriasis or diabetic skin or typical skin during thyroid diseases, could be a reason for dry skin. During these conditions women could notice rough, dry, dead skin cells that form thick scales (psoriasis-like).
Several factors could irritate your skin – specific cloths (like wool or synthetic), certain washing detergents, some perfume or deodorants. All factors, which irritate your skin and make it dry, should be excluded from your daily use.
Dry skin symptoms
Women with dry skin usually have very specific feelings including skin tightness, roughness or shrunken appearance.
Most common symptoms of dry skin include the following:
- Flaking and/or scaling and/or peeling;
- Fine lines and/or wrinkles and/or cracks;
- Irritation and/or redness and/or red patches;
- Deep fissures that could bleed;
- Itching without any visible causes (sometimes pretty intensive).
Dry skin care – lifestyle advises
Besides local skin care of the dry skin, some types of lifestyle also could help “fighting” dry skin – making your skin smooth and supple.
1. Every day drink plenty of pure water (about 1.5–2.0 liter per day).
2. Always avoid direct ultraviolet radiation because heat from sun usually dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. At the same time, sun’s ultraviolet radiation could cause skin burning and long-term changes in the skin’s structure.
3. Check your home air humidity especially during winter. Home humidifier can help to keep your skin enough hydrated.
4. Always choose natural cloths from natural fibers (preferably cotton). It is well known that wool and synthetic tissues could trigger irritation or allergic itching or unpleasant scratching.
5. Nutritionists recommend eating plenty of omega-3 foods – Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Oysters, Salmon, Sardines, Trout, and Tuna (fresh). Fatty acids can help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers.
6. Never forget your daily routine skin care procedures (especially before going to bed).
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