Symptoms of Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common problem, especially during the winter months but also as we grow older. This may be characterised by your skin losing its shine, having a lackluster appearance; feeling rough and dry to the touch and even showing the start of fine lines. In most instances, the symptoms of dry skin, given the correct daily care, can be managed efficiently and effectively.
A little trick to show whether you suffer from dry skin is to measure your natural oil flow. Blot your face with a tissue a few moments after cleansing. If the tissue is void of any natural oil flow, you are most likely in need of topping up your moisture levels using dry skin care products.
Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin can affect anyone and at any age. Although more commonly found to affect older people, the causes of dry skin are varied and can be due to a number of factors. These include: seasonal weather; those that live in dry climates; extreme temperatures from hot baths or showers; sun-damage; medication; fragrance; stress, hormones and environmental stressors. Dry skin can also be a result of a genetic condition. Using chemical laden products that strip the skin of its natural oils can also cause skin to become quite dry as well as over washing. Women who are post menopausal are also susceptible to having dry skin. Given all these factors, it becomes important to use dry skin care products that can help nourish the skin and replenish lost moisture. Not only should you be rehydrating your skin from the outside with dry skin products, but you should also ensure you are drinking enough water to rehydrate your skin from the inside out.
As we Age our Skin Becomes Drier
As we age we produce less collagen and lipids. Lipids play an important role in maintaining moisture balance, meaning the ability to retain moisture decreases. Collagen, on the other hand, is the protein responsible for the skin’s elasticity, which over time decreases as well. This results in the skin losing some of its ability to bounce back into shape, resulting in wrinkles forming. When these elements fade, our complexion appears dull and dry. Using dry skin products that help to deeply moisturise the skin, will help your skin to appear plump, soft and younger-looking.
What can we do to maintain health looking skin?
There are several different ways to keep our skin looking firm and healthy.
Soap Substitutes - many standard and store bought soaps contain damaging chemicals which can dry out the skin. If you have dry skin, rather use a soap substitute (such as an aqueous cream) which is gentler on the skin. You may want to ask your pharmacist about the most suitable ones to use.
Moisturizers - also known as emollients help retain moisture and protect the skin from environmental irritants. KORA Organics range of moisturizers, NONi Glow Face OIl and Noni Radiant Eye Oil, serums, balms, masks, cleansers, lotions and exfoliators are all certified natural and organic to help nourish and restore the skin’s moisture levels. Look for our dry skin products online.
Keep Hydrated - Not only is it important to feed your skin from the outside in, we don’t have to mention how important it is to feed your skin from the inside out. Health authorities recommend the 8 x 8 rule (8 x 8 ounce glasses). Not only is it the secret to good health, water helps dissolve the minerals and nutrients we ingest, making them more accessible to the body. Water is also essential for our kidneys properly and helps remove waste products by flushing out the body.