What is Dry
Dry skin is a
common skin condition characterized by a lack of
the appropriate amount of water in the most
superficial layer of the skin the epidermis. While
dry skin tends to affect females and males
equally, older individuals are much more prone to
dry skin. The skin in elderly individuals tends to
have less amounts of natural skin oils and
lubricants. Areas such as the arms, hands, and
particularly lower legs tend to be more affected
by dry skin. Environmental factors, such as
humidity and temperature, have a profound effect
on the amount of water retained within the skin.
Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing causes
evaporation and dryness. Dry skin may also be a
side effect of some medications as well as a by
product of certain skin diseases.
Symptoms of dry
skin depend on your age, your health, where you
live, time spent outdoors and the cause of the
problem. Dry skin is likely to cause one or more
of the following:
of skin tightness, especially after showering,
bathing or swimming
feels and looks rough
severe flaking, scaling or
cracks that may bleed
Dry skin often has
an environmental cause. Potential causes of dry
Central heating, wood-burning stoves, space
heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity and dry
and showers. Taking long, hot showers or
baths can dry your skin. So can frequent swimming,
particularly in heavily chlorinated
soaps and detergents. Many popular soaps,
detergents and shampoos strip moisture from your
skin as they are formulated to remove
Older adults are more likely to develop dry skin.
As you age, your pores naturally produce less oil,
raising your risk of dry skin.
Dry skin is more common during the fall and winter
months, when humidity levels are relatively low.
In the summer, higher levels of humidity help stop
your skin from drying out.
Try these tips to
keep skin from getting excessively
Moisturizer seals skin to keep water from
exposure. Keep bath and shower time to 10
minutes or less. Turn the dial to warm, not hot.
Try to bathe no more than once a day.
drying soap. Try cleansing creams, gentle
skin cleansers and shower
gels with added
much skin as possible in cold or windy
weather. Winter can be especially drying
to skin, so be sure to wear a scarf, hat and
gloves when you go out.
gloves. If you have to immerse your hands
in water or are using harsh cleansers, wearing
gloves can help protect your skin.
Do it your
into the bath - Now, this is one place
your normal lotion can’t go. Add a few drops
of Relax Vata
Oil to the bath to let the
moisturizing process begin as you
Before toweling off and while your skin
is still damp, drop Hydrate
Avocado Oil over your entire body. A
little goes a long way and works wonders to
replenish dry skin. We like to use the in Teak
Rose for its amazing aroma and moisturizing
- 1/2 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 2
drops of Feel
Better Rose Oil. Mix all the
ingredients to make a smooth paste. Apply all over
the face and rinse with water after 10
lotion - 1 tablespoon ginger juice, 1
teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon rose water. Take
extract fresh ginger juice and add honey and Skin
Soothe Jasmine Water to it. Mix well.
Apply the mixture to the skin using your
fingertips or a face pack brush. Let it sit for
10-15 minutes and then rinse it off.