Having dry skin isn’t usually a serious condition, though it can be seriously annoying, and seriously unattractive. There are some things you may be doing to cause that dry skin, and you may not even know it.
Recognizing the signs of dry skin can be helpful in avoiding it in the future. Most often, dry skin is a temporary condition, but in some cases, it can be a lifelong issue. When it is temporary, it can be brought on a season, what you do for fun, or even where you live. While the symptoms and signs of dry skin can depend on things like your age, and your health, you are fairly likely to see a few of the warning signs.
Often, the most common signal of lurking dry skin is a feeling of tightness in your skin. This is especially apparent after you take a shower, bath, or have been swimming. Another sign is skin that looks or feels rough, or feels itchy (pruritus). You may also see a little, or a lot, of scaling, peeling, or flaking skin. Cracks, or fine lines in your skin, or skin that looks red, or ashy-gray, are also some not-so-fun signs that your skin is too dry.
So, you’ve seen the signs of dry skin, but how did you get it in the first place? If you live in an area that gets cold, your skin probably gets its driest in the winter. This is because outside temperatures dip, and with it, drop the humidity levels. If you live in a desert region, seasons may not matter all that much.
If you use central heat, a wood-burning stove, space heater, or a fireplace to stay toasty in the winter, you’re also drying out your skin in the process. Like a super-hot shower, or lounging in a very warm bath? Unfortunately, your skin isn’t enjoying it as much as you are. Heavily-chlorinated pools are also famous for drying out your skin.
You could be damaging your skin by the soap, and detergent you use too. Lots of the popular soaps, shampoos, and detergents are stripping the moisture right out of your skin because they are made to remove the oil. Stay far away from harsh soaps. Organic soaps or soaps made to be gentle on your skin are much better for your skin in the long run.
On that note, there are a few other things you can do to avoid, and fix dry skin. Just as your grandma (and your mother, and your aunt, and that old lady next door) told you: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Again, choose a gentle, natural moisturizer to baby that baby-soft skin. You should also limit your exposure to water. This means cutting that shower down to ten minutes or less and use warm, not hot, water. Bathing no more than once a day can also help.
Be sure to take cover in cold, and windy weather. You already know winter can be tough on your skin, so wear a scarf, a hat, and some gloves, when you venture out into the cold. If you are going to take on some of those dirty dishes in the sink, slap on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from harsh cleanser, and hot water.
Don’t let a little itchy, ugly, dry skin wreck your day. Grab some gentle soap, a little natural moisturizer, and get your poor dry skin, back to its glowing-self.
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