The skin is the largest organ in our body and one of the most important. As a major component in the immune system, it safeguards against bacteria and viruses that can cause sickness and disease. Dry skin occurs when the cells (or keratinocytes) on the outer layer of our skin get dehydrated, causing them to shed, making for a much weaker barrier. This article will teach you about what dry skin is, why it happens, how to prevent it, as well as some home remedies for topical relief.
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin can be defined as a loss of water in the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. The main causes are genetics, aging, and lifestyle choices. Many people think that dry skin is just a matter of not moisturizing enough, but it’s actually much more complex than that. In order to combat dry skin, you have to understand what’s causing it in the first place.
There are many different factors that can contribute to dry skin, but some of the most common include:
• Not drinking enough water: This is one of the most common causes of dry skin. When your body is dehydrated, it doesn’t have enough water to send to your skin cells, which can lead to dryness.
• Hot showers and baths: While they might feel good, hot showers and baths can actually strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. Instead, opt for lukewarm water and shorter showers or baths.
• harsh soaps and cleansers: Harsh soaps and cleansers can also strip your skin of its natural oils,
One of the best ways to prevent dry skin is to moisturize regularly. Look for a lotion or cream that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which help to trap moisture in the skin. Apply it immediately after showering or bathing, while your skin is still damp, and reapply as needed throughout the day. You should also make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
If you’re already dealing with dry skin, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. Exfoliating regularly can help to remove dead skin cells that can make your skin look flaky and dull. A humidifier can also help add much-needed moisture back into the air, which will help your skin stay hydrated. And last but not least, be sure to use a mild cleanser and avoid
Remember to protect your skin from the sun. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply it every two hours (or more often if you're swimming or sweating). If you spend time outdoors in the cold, make sure to cover up with a scarf or hat - this will help to prevent windburn.
If you have dry, chapped skin consider using ionSURE hand wash in between washing hands with soap and water. It’s ionSENZ™ technology creates a thin ionic barrier that retains skin moisture while helping repel germs.