Dry skin

The skin becomes dry when it lacks moisture and is not hydrated. It is more common in winters. The drying of skin also leads to itchiness. In order to get rid of it, it is important to apply a moisturising lotion on it. It is best absorbed by the skin when it is damp. Dry skin can also be an indicator of other conditions like hypothyroidism or eczema.

One of the reasons that your skin’s getting drier by the day could be due to the usage of harsh soaps or detergents. Washing clothes, utensils with them takes out the moisture from your skin and makes it very dry. One of the earliest symptoms of diabetes is dryness in the skin. If you are experiencing dryness particularly in your hands and feet without any reason, it is a good idea to get yourself tested for diabetes. Women nearing 40 will often find their skin getting drier than usual. This is because the skin starts losing its elasticity, in other words, it starts to age.

What can you do to prevent drying of skin? The thought of a long, hot bath on a cold winter day can be appealing but overexposure to hot water can dry skin out even more.The intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin which can lead to a loss of moisture. Shaving can irritate dry skin. As you shave off unwanted hair, you’re also removing the natural moisturizing layer on your skin. A dull razor blade can cause additional irritation. 

The first and foremost thing to do is hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! Be sure to drink enough water, maybe more that the regular eight glasses. Make it a habit of applying night face creams before retiring to bed. Rub gently until the cream disappears in your skin. Food rich in good oils are those that contain essential fatty acids such as omega-3. These can be found in olive oil, butter, eggs, cod liver oil, coconut oil, raw fruits & vegetables. 

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