Dry skin can produce:
- Almost invisible pores.
- Dull, rough complexion.
- Red patches.
- Less elasticity.
- More visible lines.
- When exposed to drying factors, skin can flake, crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Dry skin may be caused or worsened by:
- Aging or changes in hormones.
- Weather such as wind, sun, or cold or ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
- Indoor heating.
- Long hot baths and showers.
- Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleaning agents.
Here are some tips for taking better care of dry skin:
- Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily.
- Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps.
- Don't scrub while bathing or drying.
- Apply a rich moisturizer right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
- Use a humidifier and don't let indoor temperatures get too hot.
- Buy natural cleaning products.
- Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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