Dry skin remedies

Monday, 5 November 2012

Dry skin remedies diagramDry skin is often associated with cold winter months, but it’s a constant problem for some throughout the year. Your skin consists of various layers, namely the epidermis (outermost layer that prevents infection), the dermis (a sort of cushion for the body that also contains glands, follicles, vessels and connective tissue) and the hypodermis (which is not really part of your skin, but helps attach your skin to your bones and muscles).

The epidermis is also responsible for preventing from body from losing moisture. When this barrier fails (epidermal barrier dysfunction), that’s when you get dry skin. Moisturisers don’t actually add ‘moisture’ to your skin. They simple form a layer on your skin to assist your epidermal barrier and prevent moisture, which naturally occurs in your body from escaping.

Dry skin on your face can make skin look dull and older than it is and patchy-looking skin on your body can also be a source of frustration. With summer upon us, it gets trickier to hide dry skin, but with a bit of work, it can be remedied.

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‘I recommend face washes that aren’t harsh and abrasive,’ says Thelma Mohape, a Sandton beauty therapist. ‘Products such as Dove soap have added fat to them which goes a long way in moisturising the skin.’

Mohape also suggests using milk on your face twice a week instead of exfoliating. ‘Exfoliating can make dry skin even worse, especially when overdone. One of the beauty secrets I like to share is putting a face cloth drenched in milk on your face. Keep this on for about 10 minutes. The milk helps to moisturise your face and if you do this two or three times a week, you will soon see a difference.’

Your office could be another cause of your skin drying; air conditioners can make a small problem worse. If you work in an air-conditioned environment, Mohape suggests using face mists as a source of rehydration and using a moisturiser suited for your skin type twice a day. ‘The Body Shop has an excellent vitamin E face mist, R99, which I recommend you apply twice a day while in an air conditioned room,’ she says.

Lamelle have recently launched their Serra range, which doesn’t just form a waterproof layer on top of your skin. It actually penetrates your epidermis and then mimics the structure and function of the various layers within the epidermis to trap your body’s moisture within the skin. The cleansers, moisturisers and masks are available selected medical spas from R150 to R495.

Balmy body

Mohape says most people enjoy taking long hot baths and showers but they don’t realise just how drying that is for the skin. ‘Instead of a steaming hot bath, rather go lukewarm. If that’s too much for you, I suggest adding almond or grape seed oil to your bath water. This will create a layer that helps to lock in much-needed moisture,’ she says.

When it comes to your lotions, go for richer lotions like medical creams or body butters. ‘One of the things I live by is adding baby oil to my lotion; this makes sure that I stay moisturised throughout the day, especially during shorts season.’

Don’t forget that drinking water also helps your skin feel and look more hydrated. So getting through the recommended two litres of water daily will also help your problem.

TIP: Don’t forget to make sure your feet are moisturised; dry feet can kill any outfit. Use a pumice stone or foot file on your feet twice a week and moisturise generously twice a week.

Images: Shutterstock.com

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Zukiswa is a freelance writer who has had a fascination with all things beauty-related from the age of five. She has done some online and magazine work where her obsession with beauty increased to unnatural levels. Nail polish is one of her life's pleasures and there is very little she wouldn't do for the right bronzer. She's also been known to drive across town for her eyeliner of choice.

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  1. AndreaM

    Wow great tips. I’m going to try them ASAP as my skin is super dry & sensetive.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I want to try the milk cloth. While I dont have dry skin, I find that when the seasons change, my skin is drier than normal. I also love to put a drop of two or baby oil/tissue oil into my body cream and I prefer butters to lotions as I find lotions weak.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I have to remember this! I want to try the milk cloth asap :)

    5 years ago •

  1. ChantelleMarais

    Thanks for the great advice. I will definitely be sure to try the following for my dry skin! :D thumbs up!

    5 years ago •

  1. steenkamp

    Very good advice, I will try it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I suffer with dry skin during winter. Thank you for the wonderful tips!

    5 years ago •

  1. sloanie

    this is a great article , much great pointers thanks

    5 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    Ok I love the tip, and it is true

    5 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    Wow, I just this Articles seriously. I will apply this, and it is recommended by an Expert: The milk helps to moisturise your face and if you do this two or three times a week, you will soon see a difference.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Great tips for your body love these!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I have such dry skin on my body but find that regular moisturisation and some oil in my bath help a lot

    6 years ago •

  1. Zah

    I have such dry skin, I have been using Cetaphil facewash and Nutraderm lotion. You can find these at Dischem and Clicks etc. They really help!

    6 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    I had very dry skin associated with thyroid and I used Clarins face treatment oil for dry skin on my face at night and it worked very well. I actually put my regular night cream over it. Since then I did not wake up with dry patches on my face.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Have to try this milk facecloth tip!

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Great tips as I suffer from dry skin. A good idea is to use a cleansing milk instead of a gel to wash your face

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Milk mask is a must try!!! I hate dry skin, makes me feel dirty

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    The Milk on face sounds like a plan… Surely will try this! Baby oil is something I love! Body butters are the best…

    6 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    Great article. I’m definately gonna try the milk/facecloth idea.

    6 years ago •

  1. Thobza

    I do agree, dry feet can kill any outfit ladies

    6 years ago •

  1. G

    Body butters are a must-have for me. I like the tip about the baby oil!

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    this advise is awesome, have been suffering with dry skin for a while now and I hate it

    6 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    Is the vit E mist spray good for marks as well?

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love hot baths, thanks for the tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    I will definetley be trying the adding of almond oil to my bath.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Great tips, thank you. I think I have to get mist for use during day.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Great article with some great tips..I have personally used almond oil for body and grape seed oil for face…they are excellent..

    6 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Definitely going to try the ‘milk mask’!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Awesome article! I love the milk facecloth tip! Gots to try

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I hate it when my skin is dry. It drives me up the wall. Thanks for this. :)

    6 years ago •

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