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What's Causing Your Dry Skin


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    What's Causing Your Dry Skin

    What's Causing Your Dry Skin


    What's Causing Your Dry SkinYour skin is your body's first line of defense against the elements. When sun, wind, and cold leave skin dry and itchy, don't hide it under long pants and gloves. Replenish it!

    To get the kind of smooth, sleek skin you'll want to show off, learn these 7 top causes of, and fixes for, dry skin.
    1. Winter Weather

    When the temperature drops, the humidity level plunges too. Dry air leaves skin parched. "Once the weather starts to change, I see patients coming in complaining of dry, itchy skin," says Linda Stein Gold, MD, clinical research director for the dermatology department at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital.
    Turning up the thermostat doesn't help, either. Indoor heating strips even more moisture from the air -- and your skin.
    Quick Fix: Dial Up the Humidity
    Install a humidifier in your home to keep air moist. Set humidity at a constant 45% to 55%, and the temperature at a balmy 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Before you go outside in wintry weather, create your own moisture barrier. Protect your most sensitive parts -- lips, face, and hands -- with a scarf and gloves.
    2. Steamy Showers

    Setting the shower to steamy soothes your body, but it won't do your skin any favors. "I know it feels wonderful to stand in a really hot shower... but it can dry out the natural oils in our skin more quickly," Stein Gold says.
    Standing under that hot spray long enough to belt out your favorite tune is also a no-no. The longer you linger in the shower, the more you dry out your skin.
    Quick Fix: Cleanse Coolly and Quickly
    Dial down the shower temperature to lukewarm, and keep showers short. Five minutes is enough to get clean without over-drying. Save the singing for your car.
    3. Moisture-Robbing Soaps

    Don't put just any bar of soap into your shower dish -- they're not all the same. Wash with a harsh soap and you'll send your skin's natural moisture barrier straight down the drain.
    Quick Fix: Go Mild
    "We recommend using a mild, fragrance-free soap that moisturizes as it cleanses," Stein Gold says. Bar or liquid doesn't matter, but choose a soap that's specially formulated for sensitive skin.
    4. The Rub-Down

    Think you need to scrub your skin to get it clean? Toss that old notion, along with your scrubby sponge.
    "Friction strips the skin and enhances the dryness," says Nanette Silverberg, MD, a dermatology professor at Columbia University.
    Quick Fix: Go Soft
    Use your hands or a soft washcloth instead, Silverberg suggests. They'll get you just as clean as abrasive sponges, without roughing up your skin.
    5. Losing Shower Moisture

    Showering bathes your skin in moisture. Scrubbing off with a towel right afterward strips that moisture away. "The surface of your skin absorbs some of the water, which will be lost if you don't seal it in," Silverberg says.

    5. Losing Shower Moisture continued...

    Quick Fix: Lock in Moisture
    "I recommend that you towel-dry off but still leave the skin a little bit moist," Dr. Stein Gold says. Apply moisturizer to still-damp skin, she suggests.
    What kind of lotion should you use? Rub on a rich cream containing ingredients such as soothing ceramide for sensitive skin, or urea or lactic acid for very dry skin. These products "will seal moisture into the skin and create an effective skin barrier," Silverberg says.
    Your face needs different moisturizing than your body. Smooth on a noncomedogenic face lotion -- one that won't clog pores and cause breakouts. Pick a moisturizer that incorporates an SPF 30 sunscreen. "Moisturizer with sunscreen addresses both dryness and sun protection," Silverberg says.
    6. Aging

    As hormone levels change over the years, skin becomes thin and parched.
    Quick Fix: Smooth Out the Years
    You can't turn back the clock, but you can minimize aging skin changes. Start each morning with a generous rub of a rich face and body cream. To minimize wrinkles while you relieve dryness, look for ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids and retinol.
    Not in the habit? Keep a bottle of lotion next to your bed so it's the first and last thing you see each day.

    7. Irritants

    Is your favorite sweater making you itch? It could be the fabric, fabric softener, or the detergent you're washing it in. Lots of everyday fabrics and products can irritate skin -- from dryer sheets to perfume.
    Quick Fix: Set Products Free
    "Free" is the key word when buying any type of cleaner or beauty product. Pick products that are labeled fragrance- and dye-free, and that are specially formulated for sensitive skin.
    Wear clothes made of soft, natural fabrics -- cotton and silk instead of wool or polyester. Line your bed with cotton percale sheets for a gentler touch while you sleep.

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    Re: What's Causing Your Dry Skin

    Sumitra, I loved your article, awesome tips. I bathe with very hot water even in summer. Didn't know that it's so bad for the skin. Will keep this in mind going forward. Also, will try to follow your tips one by one. But you have mentioned that we need to use a good moisturizer, which one should we use? I am currently using Parachute Advansed Body Lotion with coconut extracts. And I am quite happy with it. It keeps my skin moisturized for the whole day and my skin doesn't feel itchy now. If you have any inputs, please feel free to share.

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    Re: What's Causing Your Dry Skin

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulekha123 View Post
    Sumitra, I loved your article, awesome tips. I bathe with very hot water even in summer. Didn't know that it's so bad for the skin. Will keep this in mind going forward. Also, will try to follow your tips one by one. But you have mentioned that we need to use a good moisturizer, which one should we use? I am currently using Parachute Advansed Body Lotion with coconut extracts. And I am quite happy with it. It keeps my skin moisturized for the whole day and my skin doesn't feel itchy now. If you have any inputs, please feel free to share.
    Thank you Sulekha for your comments. If you don't have any problem and feel comfortable with the presently used brand of body lotion, you please continue to use it.

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