Dry Skin a Big Problem
-for Many Women
Dry skin is a big problem for many women once they pass the age of 20 or
Anyone can develop dry skin patches temporarily as a result of excessive sun or
wind exposure or low humidity during wintertime.
But when dry skin becomes a chronic problem, it is usually due to one of the
causes detailed below.
Cause #1: Mild Chronic
Dry skin is a symptom of dehydration. Dehydration precedes thirst. In other words,
by the time you feel thirsty, you are already mildly dehydrated. The thirst mechanism is even less efficient as we
age. So, it is important to drink water throughout the day BEFORE you get thirsty.
Cause #2: Showering in Chlorinated
Most people in the US have chlorinated water because of its effectiveness as a
disinfectant. The chemical solves some problems but causes others. Showering in chlorinated water is one of the
causes of dry skin. You can get a showerhead filter to address this issue.
Cause #3: Using the Wrong Cleansers or Other
Many cleansers contain ingredients that cause excessive dryness. A good rule of
thumb is to only use a cleanser when it is necessary. Plain water may be all that you need to get rid of dirt and
Makeup remover contains ingredients that literally strip away the skin’s natural
oils. There are ways to address the issue of removing makeup without stripping your skin.
Alcohol, toner and astringent are examples of other skincare products that are not
particularly good for your skin. They strip the natural oils, cause dryness and change the skin’s natural pH level.
All of these things combined cause unhealthy and unattractive skin.
Cause #4: Using the Wrong
Practically everyone believes that the solution to dry skin is to slap on some
lotion or cream. But not all lotions and creams contain ingredients that are actually moisturizing.
Petroleum-based oils such as petrolatum, for example, are not compatible with the
skin’s own oils. They do not penetrate, so they cannot moisturize. If you use them too often, you could still have
dry skin and some pimples to go along with it. Since they don’t penetrate, they clog the pores.
The Solutions to Skin Care Problems
It is important to do something about your dry skin as soon as possible. If left
untreated, dry skin can lead to premature wrinkles.
Drinking more water is an obvious solution.
You just need to make sure to purify your water to get rid of the chlorine.
Chlorine is not only drying when you shower in it. Drinking chlorinated water can cause dehydration within the
The ultimate solution is to use good skincare products and ALWAYS
moisturize after showering.
You need a facial moisturizer and a body lotion to really fight dry
Xtend-TK has been clinically proven to increase the skin’s
moisture content AND actually improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
You will learn more about that ingredient and some other important ones in my next
article. The Dry Skin Solution for Women
Dry skin can be a blessing but more often it is troublesome. Those with
dry skin generally need not worry about blemishes except for the occasional stray that appears from hormonal
changes or stress. But dry skin looks dull and flaky. And worse, it can emphasize the appearance of fine lines and
Age and the environment are two factors that contribute to this skin type. Over time, the
sebaceous glands within the dermis layer slow their production of sebum, the body's natural moisturizer. The skin's
ability to retain moisture also lessens as we grow older. This is caused by the breakdown of the intracellular
matrix, the collagen and elastin layer that helps hold skin tissue together. When this layer begins to break apart,
it becomes more difficult for skin to hold in moisture. As moisture escapes, skin becomes drier.
Other causes of dry skin include climates that are arid, windy and dry. Use of harsh soaps and
detergents and too much unprotected exposure to the sun's damaging rays can also negatively influence skin.
Genetics plays a role as well.
- How do I know I have dry skin?
First consider where you live. Windy areas and areas with low humidity cause dryness by stripping
skin of its natural oils. Living in areas where winters are cold causes skin trouble as well. Even if you don't
spend much time outdoors, interior heaters as well as air conditioning units in hot, dry climates can sap the air
of moisture and cause dry skin.
Visible indicators of dry skin include skin that flakes easily. Plus, dry skin often looks tight
and taut because pore openings are very tiny. If you don't yet see these tell-tale signs of dry skin but you're at
or approaching mid-life, it's time to start looking.
If you have dry skin, proper care involves retaining as much moisture as possible. One way is to
avoid using products containing alcohol because alcohol dries. Recommended ingredients for dry skin include alpha
hydroxy, lactic acids, petroleum, lanolin and glycerin so take time to read product labels.
Dry skin won't always feel like it needs to be cleansed, but it does, twice daily, morning and
night. Using a gentle cleanser made especially for skin that's dry, cleanse using warm, not hot water. Finish off
with a cool rinse. It's never a good idea to use hot water to clean any type of skin or to soak in a tub because
doing so will only strip skin of its natural oils.
After washing your skin, pat it dry using a soft towel. Then apply a light moisturizer. Those
containing Vitamin E are excellent choices. If you wear make-up choose foundations that contain the moisturizing
ingredients mentioned above.
Help keep skin hydrated by drinking water and increasing your consumption of
high water content foods such as cucumbers and watermelon. Most fruits and vegetables are excellent hydrating foods
plus they're excellent sources of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial in
helping maintain the skin's intracellular matrix. The Dry Skin
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