What's the science?
Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. While dry skin tends to affect males and females equally, older individuals are typically much more prone to dry skin. The skin in elderly individuals tends to have diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants. Areas such as the arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by dry skin. Environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, have a profound effect on the amount of water retained within the skin. For example, cold, dry air when heated by a furnace will produce dry skin by evaporating moisture on the skin. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing causes evaporation and dryness. Dry skin may also be a side effect of some medications as well as a byproduct of certain skin diseases.
The epidermis is normally composed of fat (lipid) and protein. The lipid portion of the epidermis along with specific epidermal proteins (for example, filaggrin) help prevent skin dehydration. When there deficient proteins and/or lipids the skin moisture evaporates more easily. As skin becomes dry, it also may become more sensitive and prone to rashes and skin breakdown. The medical term for dry skin is xerosis. Simple prevention and treatment measures are very effective in the treatment of dry skin. Basic dry skin prevention steps include avoidance of harsh soaps and chemical cleansers. Treatment generally requires more frequent and regular applications of bland emollients and moisturizers. Untreated, dry skin may result in complications, including, eczematous dermatitis, secondary bacterial infections, cellulitis, and skin discoloration. Fortunately, dry skin is usually mild and can be easily remedied.
Tips for your Skin Type...
Avoid over washing
Excessively washing your skin, particularly with harsh soap based products can strip the skin of natural oils required to retain moisture and elasticity within the skin, Ultimately resulting in dryer skin.
Avoid alcohol based toners
Alcohol not only dehydrates our bodies after a few too many glasses of wine, it also dehydrates our skin. Instead try our ROSA DAMASCENA ESSENCE MIST full of the most precious and rarest essential oil, Rosa Damascena and its pure and delicate hydrosol. Especially created to rejuvenate and restore mature, dehydrated or sensitive skin. Smoothens and brightens dull and tired skin.
Never skip out on facial serums
Using the right facial serum—which should be layered underneath your moisturizer—can seriously help keep your skin hydrated. Especially if you use a serum that’s formulated with Sodium Hyaluronate which holds 1000 times its weight in water, water, binding vast numbers of water molecules in between skin cells for lasting moisture and skin that is supple and plump (check out ALPHA GLOW FLASH FACIAL).
Avoid steaming hot showers
When you bathe in water that’s too warm, it can strip your skin of essential oils, causing it to become even drier. Obviously, that’s the last thing you want if you have dry skin. The next time you hop in the shower, turn down the dial and cleanse your skin in lukewarm water instead. Sure, it might not be quite as relaxing, but your skin will certainly thank you!