Facial Skin Care
What causes dry skin?
Many people suffer from dry skin every year, some people live with it on a daily basis, and some only notice it during winter or periodically. In fact, dry skin is quite common.
What are the signs of dry skin?
Some of the signs that you may have dry skin include light to heavy scaly skin, deep cracks, rougher than normal or tighter feeling skin, and burning or itching. If your skin is darker, you may notice an ashy appearance and if lighter, you may notice some light redness. Most of us will notice dry skin from time-to-time and it usually goes away on its own or with a little help from a daily moisturizing routine.
Dry skin isn’t usually anything to worry about, but if you’ve noticed you have excessively dry skin, it could be a sign of a more severe skin problem called dermatitis. In this case, it is a good idea to check-in with your doctor or dermatologist.
Who’s a risk for dry skin?
The short answer is everybody and anybody at one point or another. This is not to say everyone will experience dry skin in their lifetime, but the harsh reality is that most people will, especially as they progress throughout their lifetime and their health or environmental factors change.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin can appear anywhere on your body, from your scalp all the way down to the soles of your feet. The cause of the dryness could be any one of these factors.
- Age is a natural cause that impacts the moisture levels in our skin. Usually, after we hit middle age (40+) we may start to notice our skin looking as hydrated as it used to be and feeling not as soft.
- Environmental factors like weather changes, especially in winter when our skin is more likely to be dry.
- Chemicals or strong detergents that we encounter or work within our jobs can negatively impact the protective mantle in our skin, and strip our skin of natural oils. Even the chlorine in pools can dry out our skin.
- Health issues such as diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, or other medical conditions can plague our bodies, and impact the condition of our skin.
- Medications can also play a role in causing dry skin. It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about how to best deal with dry skin if it’s due to medications.
How does dry skin impact your life?
Having dry skin can be a source of stress for most of us. It can increase the time we need to care for ourselves, add additional costs, make us feel uncomfortable, and impact our self-esteem. This can be especially problematic if the dry skin is moderate to severe and in multiple parts of our body, or very visible like on your face.
Dry skin on your face
When the skin on your face is dry, it can be particularly annoying and literally irritating. Our faces are the most seen parts of our body and visible at all times. If your facial skin is very dry it can require a significant amount of extra care and attention to try to improve hydration. Sometimes what seems to no avail. Loss of moisture and elasticity can become a big concern, especially as you age or if you have health concerns. Ignoring the problem and thinking will improve is not the best solution and likely to just make things worse. The skin on your face is particularly sensitive and susceptible to damage. This makes having a regular skin care routine before and after makeup important if you want to look and feel your best.
Dry skin patches on your body
This can be caused by some of the factors listed above and the impact on your overall health can range from mild to concerning, depending on the root cause. It can range from just seasonal dry skin to an underlying health issue. If you’re not 100% sure that you just have dry skin, don’t assume, and don’t self-diagnose. It’s best to talk with your doctor or dermatologist when you notice any out of the ordinary dry patches on your body.
Although dry skin is common, taking care of your skin requires work, effort, and some cash, but it’s well worth it in the long run. Good skin care is not a bad investment, if you take care of your skin, it will take care of you.
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