What Causes Dry Skin

Several factors influence dry skin. It is more common in the elderly where, despite adequate water content of the skin, there are diminished oily secretions. Using harsh, alkaline soaps and soaking too long and too often in very hot baths can do it.

You can buy the best and most expensive handmade bar of soap and still have dry skin. Did you know that  bar soap and hard water =really dry skin This is all due to hard water. This is what creates "soap scum".  Hard water does not go well with soap. Hard water contains  calcium or magnesium ions, which react with the fatty acid component of soap to give what are technically called lime soaps:

Overheated homes with low humidity, as well as air-conditioning (which also lowers the relative humidity), likewise contribute to dry skin. Other factors include too much sunbathing, overexposure to wind and cold, fuzzy and woolen clothing, towels and sheets that you may have laundered in harsh detergents but not rinsed well enough, and nutritional problems resulting from poor diet

Tip To Help Eleviate Winter Dry Skin

Dryness is a common issue with skin, especially in colder climates. Facial dryness can make your skin look dull, which makes you look older.

Limit your baths or showers to 5-minutes and only bathe once a day. Turn the temperature of the water down so that you are now using warm (not hot) water. I know that it is difficult to give up those wonderful long, hot showers or baths, especially on cold mornings, but these changes will make a big difference in preventing natural oils from being stripped from your skin.

change to a thicker moisturizer for face and body during the winter months to combat the drier climate.

  • Increase the relative humidity in your home to at least 40 percent by properly adjusting the heating or air-conditioning systems. If this is not practicable, buy a good, commercial room humidifier. When your windows fog up, and when your wallpaper begins to peel, you won't have dry skin!
  • Don't overheat your home. In the winter, keep room temperature as low as possible consistent with comfort. Cold winter air holds less moisture than warm air.
  • Use bath and shower additives. These will help keep the skin moisturized.
  • When you bathe or shower, don't use extremely hot water or harsh soaps. Pat, do not rub your skin dry.
  • Apply moisturizing creams or lotions  try a good lotions with natural ingredients such as our Botanical and Shea Butter Lotions. Try it on damp skin right after the shower or bath. This will help lock in the moisture in the upper layers of the skin.
  • If you have hard water, consider installing a water-softening device or a shower head with a filter for your shower ( I have one and it works wonders)
  • Avoid excessive sunbathing, cold temperatures, and strong winds.
  • Don't wear heavy, woolen, fuzzy clothing.
  • Do not sleep under electric blankets. This heat sucks out all the moisture from your skin.
  • Keep healthy, make sure you eat a well-balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid taking hot showers during the winter. Just like the sun can dry your skin and hot curling irons can dry your hair. Heat can cause dryness. Hot showers can draw moisture from your skin. Take warm or cool showers.
If you suffer from dry skin, try switching to mild gentle cleansers and use soothing bath oils and water-attracting creams and lotions that keep in your skin  natural moisture and leave it smooth, soft, and supple. The goal of dry skin therapy is to restore and maintain moisture in the skin, and the best way to treat dry skin is to prevent it in the first place. 

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