Dry skin is common, and, in most cases, it’s not an overly serious condition. It is, however, an annoying and sometimes even painful condition that can be difficult to treat. Dry skin happens for many, many reasons, and the most common factors that contribute to the condition are: weather, indoor heating, showering, and soap. There could also be other, underlying causes, such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, or another similar problematic skin condition.
Weather is a common cause of dry skin, and it’s also the hardest to control. Cold weather, wintry weather, is especially hard on the skin. When the temperatures plummet then so does the humidity, and the lack of moisture in the air dries out skin. If you have dry skin in winter—it’s especially common to suffer from dry, cracked hands during wintertime—then cover up any exposed skin. Consider wearing gloves when you go out, etc. Did you know that your home’s heating unit—furnace, wood stove, etc.—reduces humidity, and contributes to dry skin? Also, if you bathe more than once every day, or if you use a harsh soap that strips your skin of moisture—some soaps are designed to remove the oils from the skin.
Dry Skin Prevention
Make sure you moisturize your skin—hands especially—especially during the colder, less humid months. If possible, try and limit your shower time—keep showers to under five minutes. (It’s also good practice for conserving water and energy!) If your soaps are contributing to chronic dry skin, try another brand. You may not notice dry skin until it’s in an advanced stage—skin that’s cracked, flaky white, maybe even bleeding—so make sure you keep up a regular routine of taking care of your skin. Apply moisturizer throughout the day. Take care of yourself, and remember the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Central Wellness is here to help you keep your skin looking smooth and healthy. Remember, especially now that the weather is turning cold, to visit the spa for a day of skin rejuvenation!