Dry Skin Explained

There’s nothing comfortable about having dry skin, especially when it’s on your face and body. Because this type of skin lacks the moisture and essential oils it needs to remain soft and supple, it needs a bit more love and attention. Mildly dry skin is not a serious concern and can easily be managed with lotion for dry skin, but very dry skin requires help from a dermatologist.

Any part of your body can be affected with dry skin, including arms, legs, face, hands, or scalp. Some of the most common symptoms of dry skin include:

• Skin tightness after taking a shower or bath 

• Rougher looking skin 

• Constant itching 

• Very fine lines 

• Redness

• Cracks that can bleed 

• Flaking or peeling


Dry skin can affect anyone, and it can be a constant issue or it can come and go. In some cases, the causes of dry skin are hereditary and start at an early age while in other cases it develops in later life. In some severe cases of dry skin, a lack of Vitamin D can be a possible cause.

Here are some common causes of dry skin:


Bathing frequency

Bath tub filled with water, foam and flowers

We all know the amazing feeling of soaking in a hot bath after a long and exhausting day. The problem is that hot water can dry out your skin. So you may need to cut down the time spent in the tub and take lukewarm showers instead to ensure your skin doesn’t lose any moisture.


The environment

Environmental factors can impact skin more than we think. Certain seasons such as winter play a big role in drying out your skin. Other factors such as sun exposure and pollution can all contribute to the development of dry skin. While we can’t change the weather, we can plan for it. Wear products for dry skin like sunscreen and protect against damage with rich hydrating ingredients like cocoa butter for your skin. It’s a prize ingredient in our Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Body Cream and Lotion along with nourishing coconut oil to restore even the driest of skins.

Your lifestyle

Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Body Cream

Since dry skin is an external condition, it’s not certain whether drinking extra water helps improve the condition of dry skin. Your diet however, can play a significant role, with foods high in fat and sugar said to cause inflammation and contribute to dry skin. Try to stick to a healthy diet high in protein, omegas and essential vitamins to ensure your skin reaps the benefits.

Another cause for dry skin is not enough moisture. Your skin craves extra moisture and oils so it can stay supple and smooth. The Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Body Cream and Lotion contains two nourishing ingredients to revive the skin and provide 48h moisture.


Overly fragranced products

Avoid overly fragranced products in favour of gentle and more natural cleansers, shower gels and moisturisers. Anything can aggravate dry and sensitive skin if overused. This includes perfumes and heavily scented deodorants and body sprays. Sometimes all it takes for radiant, glowing skin from top to toe is finding a body dry skin cream or lotion that’s right for you. With Dawn’s range of exotic and nourishing body creams and lotions nobody needs to settle for dry skin.

View our range of body lotion for very dry skin