Maintaining healthy skin is as important as any other aspect of overall health and wellbeing. One of the most common skin conditions people struggle with is dry skin. It affects people of all ages – both male and female - and can be a real source of irritation and discomfort.
Dry skin – the signs
Firstly it is important to recognise the symptoms of dry skin. Typical signs will including flaking, itching and scaly rough patches which can happen anywhere on your body, including your face. The scale of the issue can range from a mild sensitivity - such as general itchiness and/or light flaking – to more severe issues like eczema and psoriasis. Dry skin generally doesn’t correct itself and if left unchecked can lead to high levels of irritation and/or discomfort.
Dry skin – the causes
Now that you know what dry skin typically looks like, it is important to understand some of the most common causes, and there are quite a few. Firstly environmental factors like hot and cold weather will often contribute to dry skin. During warmer summer months, increased time spent outdoors in excessive sunlight can lead to dehydrated skin while during the colder winter months, more time spent indoors with heating systems in use tends to dry out the air and also the skin. In terms of diet and lifestyle, alcohol and caffeinated drinks tend to have a diuretic effect on the skin so it is important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and also to incorporate a daily moisturising routine to combat dry skin. Other common factors include exposure to harsh soaps or ingredients, hot showers and excessive washing all of which can contribute to dry skin. Unsurprisingly the products we use can also contribute to dry skin. Some cleansers use harsh ingredients that strip the skin of its natural oils whereas exfoliating products, while making your skin feel smoother by removing dead skin cells can also remove natural oils from your skin.
Finally, age itself is a factor as the older your skin gets, the less natural oils it produces. As a result your skin is likely to need additional levels of moisture as you age so it is important to incorporate a good moisturiser for daily use into your skincare regime to help prevent dry skin and maintain your skin’s health, irrespective of your age.
Dry skin – how to manage it
Eliminating dry skin requires a daily skincare regime that provides intense hydration and helps replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Protecting the skins natural barrier is essential to preventing dry skin from recurring and maintaining hydrated, healthy looking skin. Try NEUÚ Marine Algae facial moisturiser which is formulated to soothe and hydrate your skin with a unique blend of marine lipids. It intensively moisturises and helps strengthen the skins lipid barrier to prevent moisturiser loss. Because it is lightweight and non-greasy it is easily absorbed and feels comfortable on your skin, delivering longer lasting hydration.