To restore the protective function and healthy appearance of the body’s skin, it is important to effectively moisturize it. Here are some recommendations for daily care, so that the skin becomes silky, smooth and elastic and remains so for as long as possible.
Sense of discomfort
Please note: there are not one, but many types of dry skin. There are genetically predisposed to dry skin, dry skin of atopics; dry skin is observed in winter; skin that is over-dried with cleansing agents, etc.
Dry and very dry skin of the body is naturally vulnerable and easily irritated. It causes a feeling of discomfort, such as tingling and tightness. The dry skin of the body also has cracks and folds, and it often flakes off. In addition, wrinkles become especially noticeable, and age spots appear.
Changing the skin’s protective function
Dry skin occurs due to a violation of its protective function. There is a lipid layer formed by the stratum corneum of the epidermis and secretions of the sebaceous glands. How exactly does the protective function of the skin change? On the surface of the skin, under the influence of various external and internal influences, there are fewer lipids. Accordingly, the protection of the skin becomes uneven. Epidermis cells lose their ability to retain evaporating moisture. The skin becomes dry, there is a feeling of discomfort, a feeling of tightness. The skin flakes, cracks are formed on it, which get irritating substances from the external environment.
Here are a number of factors that can cause dry skin of the body. According to the nature and mechanism of influence, they can be divided into internal and external.
So dry skin can be caused genetically, but it can also be a consequence of various ” problems” in the body: hormonal changes, long-term use of antibiotics, diseases (diabetes, kidney failure, dermatitis). This can also include improper food organization, compliance with unbalanced diets, the use of large quantities of products that contribute to the removal of fluid from the body( coffee, alcohol, salinity and smoked meat), Smoking, hypovitaminosis, stress.
External factors that negatively affect the lipid layer of the skin are:
- Hot and dry climate or, conversely, very low ambient temperatures.
- Sunlight, electromagnetic radiation (for example, from a computer).
- Hard cosmetic products that contain fragrances and dyes.
- Hard soap, gels, scrubs, household chemicals, chlorinated water.
- Perfumes, lotions, and other products that include alcohol.
What to do with very dry body skin
To eliminate the internal causes of dry skin, it is useful and reasonable to contact a specialist for examination and development of an individual treatment program. To protect yourself from external factors is quite simple by following a number of simple rules. To maintain the necessary level of skin moisture, we recommend:
- use soft cosmetics that do not harm the skin (gels without soap or lipid soap), correctly selected, high-quality and certified
- take only a non-hot shower or a warm bath
- gently blot the skin, not RUB it
- drink a sufficient amount of liquid (1.5-2 liters per day, preferably mineral water without gas), eat foods containing fatty acids and vitamin E
- maintain the necessary level of humidity in the house, wear clothes made of natural materials
- maintain the bedroom temperature at 19°C or less
- care for dry body skin must include all three stages: cleansing, moisturizing and toning, nutrition, where a huge role is given to moisturizing creams.
Cream for dry skin should be applied daily.
Body moisturizers are very important for fighting dry skin. They help to restore the hydrolipidic film and, accordingly, make the skin soft and silky. These creams should be applied daily, especially after a shower. Hand cream should be used several times a day, especially in winter.