People tend to think of dry skin as just a cosmetic problem. However, besides being uncomfortable, untreated dry skin can get so severely dry (xerotic) that it becomes inflamed and more susceptible to infections. Signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on age, health status, location, the amount of time spend outdoors and the cause of the problem.
When skin is dry, it is not because it lacks oil, but because it fails to retain internal hydration (water).
People with dry skin are likely to experience one or more of the following:
A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming
Skin that appears shrunken or dehydrated
Skin that feels and looks rough rather than smooth
Itching (pruritus) that sometimes may be intense
Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
Fine lines or cracks
Deep fissures that may bleed
Self Care For Dry Skin
Avoid long, hot showers or baths.
Use a moisturizing soap in the kitchen and bathroom.
Use gentle, fragrance-free, laundry detergent.
Use moisturizers, preferably creams or ointments rather than lotions because the thicker consistency is better at preventing skin dehydration. Apply the cream or ointment within 15 minutes of showering. Reapply moisturizer at night, and moisturize your hands after you wash them.
Avoid perfume, cologne, or aftershave lotions that contain alcohol.
Moisturizing locks in the skin’s internal moisture to prevent dryness, cracking and tears. A therapeutic moisturizer will have emollient and occlusive properties. Emollients smooth skin by filling spaces between skin flakes with droplets of oil. Occlusives are substances the physically block transepidermal water loss in the skin layers. Kátha-Soma skin formula’s have emollient and occlusive properties. The Sólace skin formula is a therapeutic moisturizer for dry skin conditions that are often associated with aging. Visit Sólace Skin Cream.