Dermatologist recommended products to treat, heal and prevent dry skin.
Challenges brought on by harsh weather create difficulties for your skin. It can be a struggle to keep your skin supple, vibrant and youthful under the best of times. When challenged by conditions that lead to skin dryness, your complexion can become rough, dull, flakey and dry quickly. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and crepey skin happens almost overnight.
Dry skin is not just a cosmetic problem.
Dry skin can itch, burn, and break down into eczema. Dermatologists call dry skin ‘xerosis’. We know that the barrier integrity of dry skin is weakened. Once skin becomes dry, it gets drier and drier unless you intervene.
Help heal the weakened skin barrier associated with dry skin by using a good moisturizer twice a day after washing. There is no need to break the bank for a good skin moisturizer though. The best ingredients can be found in economical products.
The best ingredients for dry skin care.
In winter months, or when you are in hot, dry and windy climates, it’s important to use skin care products that hydrate your skin and prevent water loss. You also want creams, butters and lotions that contain oils to replenish skin oils lost and damaged as skin dries out.
Natural botanical oils can be rich in the same linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acids that are natural components of your skin’s outer lipid layer. Look for healing botanical oils such as jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, kukui nut oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, cacao butter and shea butter.
Hypoallergenic botanical essential oils with healing properties in the right amount can help heal skin and fight inflammation. The best essential oils and botanical oils include argan oil, rosehip oil, pomegranate seed oil, sea buckthorn oil and borage oil.