What Is The Best Way To Cure Dry Skin After A Cold?

Question

What is the best way to cure dry skin after a cold?

Submitted by Joeline Van De Merve on 14 March 2012

Answer

Our skin can become dry for a number of reasons, especially after an illness as the cold you describe. Ordinary dry skin (xerosis) usually isn’t serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shrivelled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled. During the time that you notice excessive dryness due to illness or environmental factors, avoid hot baths and showers, harsh soaps and antibacterial soaps, central air conditioning and too much alcohol, drugs and nicotine as these are all factors that contribute to dry skin.

The best way to get your dry skin back on track after an illness or due to excessive nose blowing is to:
• switch to a light cleansing cream rather than a soap which strips the skin of its natural oils; a gentle cream cleanser will be less abrasive on your irritated skin
• always apply moisturiser immediately after facial cleansing to allow maximum absorption; moisturisers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping.

• Home prescriptives such as AHAs, PHAs, Lamelle Barrier Repair Cream, Danne Seba E , NeoStrata Bionic and Biohydrating cream, or Skin Medica TNS Ceramide Treatment are recommended to hydrate the skin.
• Any creams containing Hyaluronic acid such as Dermaheal Hydrating HA serum promote long-term hydration results in skin. 

The following is a list of skin care ingredients that moisturise and hydrate the skin: hyaluronic acid, ajuga turkestanica, aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, ceramide, cholestrol, colloidal oatmeal, dexpanthenol, dimethicone, evening primrose oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, shea butter.

The following is a list of skin care ingredients to AVOID due to drying: alcohol if it is listed among first seven ingredients, cleansers that foam vigorously, and fragrance.

The perfect in-clinic treatment to keep your skin glowing and promote long results is a monthly Alpha Hydroxy Peel or Medical facial which increase cell turnover and promote hydration.

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