Dry skin is a problem for a large percentage of the population. In fact, between 60 – 70% of all people will experience a certain degree of dry skin in their lifetime. However, just because it’s a common occurrence, does not mean you have to live with the uncomfortable redness, cracking, itching, scaling and peeling that is associated with inadequately hydrated skin.
Here are a few guidelines that will help you to keep your skin hydrated all year round:
HOW TO PREVENT DRY SKIN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Take heed of what you eat and drink
Your body is a holistic system that can only keep its natural maintenance and regenerative processes running optimally if you give it what it needs to do so. As such, take a good hard look at your diet and hydration levels if you want to improve the condition of your skin. Are you eating enough fresh fruit and vegetables, and are you drinking enough water?
Start by increasing your water intake to at least 2L per day. Then add some fresh, unprocessed produce to your meal plans. For instance, you could snack on crudites and hummus instead of crisps, or eat a whole apple instead of drinking apple juice to get the benefits of the fibre along with the pectin in the skin. Small changes can make a big difference in the condition of your skin in the long run.
Rethink your selfcare regime
Certain lifestyle choices we take for granted can actually cause or exacerbate dry skin. For instance, a long hot shower may be very nice on a cold winter’s day, but it can leash valuable moisture from your dermis. Likewise, rubbing your skin with a rough towel to dry off after bathing can worsen the effects of dryness. Gently pat it dry instead.
Understand your skin type
One of the biggest reasons why many people end up with dry skin is because they don’t understand their skin type, and use products that aren’t suited to it. Read up on the various types in this handy e-guide to find out what type you have, and how best to treat it to pave the way for a healthy glow.
Invest in natural products
Many chemical-laden products on the market promise a quick fix for dehydrated skin, but in the end natural products provide the body with the building blocks to facilitate the healing itself. As such, we recommend that you invest in natural products like organic hand cream and moisturising oil when you want to address any undue dryness.
Get expert help when necessary
In certain instances dry skin may turn into a more serious level of dermatitis. If, despite your best efforts, you cannot improve the condition of your skin, make an appointment to consult a certified dermatologist to get an expert opinion. It’s always best to get support from the experts if you suspect that there may be an underlying cause that you can’t pinpoint or treat yourself.
Although dry skin is prevalent among all age groups and populations there are effective lifestyle changes you can make to keep your skin adequately hydrated all year round. This includes rethinking your selfcare regime, taking heed of what you eat and drink, understanding your skin type, and investing in natural products, and getting expert help when necessary.