Everything You Need
to Know About Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common condition caused and aggravated by several factors. At the root of the problem is a lack of sebum, an oily substance secreted by your body. Sebum is a natural moisturiser, and a shortage of it gives skin a dry, flaky appearance.
A few things can be done to prevent and treat dry skin:
Reconsider Your Bathing/Showering Habits
Not much compares to the feeling of hot water splashing against your body after a long day at the office. The same can be said about the calming effects of soaking in a hot bubble bath with your favourite album playing in the background. But that relaxing bath might be wreaking havoc on your skin.
Frequently exposing your skin to hot water is a guaranteed way to dry it out. And that scented soap or bubble bath you love may contain chemicals that strip your skin of natural oils. Rather opt for a lukewarm bath or shower and be sure to use a mild soap.
Pat Yourself Dry
When you’re done showering or bathing, don’t rub the water off your skin. Instead, pat the water off with a towel while being deliberate about leaving some water on your skin. That way, more moisture will be sealed into your skin when you apply your daily lotion or body cream.
Use the Right Products
If you’re going to apply something on your body every day, it’s imperative that you use the right product. A good body lotion should moisturise the skin while giving it a long-lasting radiant glow. If you’re looking to add a bit more hydration to your skin, try out Dawn’s new Shea Butter & Almond Oil. It easily penetrates the skin to give you a much-needed boost of moisture.
Don’t Let Winter Wear Out Your Skin
Winter is characterised by a drop in temperatures and humidity levels, two factors which makes you more prone to dry skin. Keep your skin covered by wearing gloves, beanies and scarves. Also try to stock up on clothes made from natural fabrics such as cotton and wool, as synthetic materials can irritate the skin.
While you’re at it, remember what we said earlier about the negative impact of a long bath or shower? While winter’s low temperatures might tempt you to run a hot, bubble bath, resist the urge! Your skin will thank you for it later.