Five facts about dry skin revealed

3 October 2014

Do you suffer from dry and sensitive skin? Would you like to know how to fix it? In the run up to Christmas, boasting healthy-looking skin and a glowing complexion becomes more important than ever – so here are five facts about dry skin, and tips for solving your problem.

1.Moisturiser helps!

Keeping your skin hydrated is essential to combat dry skin, and the best way to do this is by using a moisturiser. Look at the product carefully before you buy – opting for formulas specifically designed to help dry skin. That way, you’ll give your skin exactly what it needs.

2.Hot showers decrease moisture levels!

If you have a hot shower every day – stop. You’re doing your skin more harm than good, as hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and salts, making it harder for it to retain moisture. Try to cut down the amount of time you spend in the shower and turn the temperature down a notch or two – you skin will thank you for it.

3.You can’t always take control of moisture loss!

If you have inherited dry skin or your skin problems are the result of a metabolic cause, then it’s not necessarily what you’ve done wrong. Even as we age, our moisture levels dip, making it even more important to keep on top of moisturising. Try to drink plenty of water too to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated.

4.Cracked skin offers no protection!

Dry, cracked skin offers no protection against bacteria. What’s more, it allows moisture to leave your skin, making the problem worse. Look for products which are specially formulated for dry, cracked skin – whether it’s on your face, hands or feet.

5.Sun is a major culprit!

Skin suffers the most when exposed to the sun for too long. Overexposure not only increases your risk of developing skin cancer, but also leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and dry skin – all of which make you look older than you are. Be sure to regularly apply sunscreen to boost the collagen production in your skin and stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.

What do you do to take care of your dry skin? Send us a tweet with your skin tips.