People will buy a healing cream for lots of different reasons including healing from tattoo removal, sunburn relief, post-cosmetic surgery, eczema, psoriasis, and more. But one of the best uses we’ve seen for it is with people who have severely dry skin. We have seen that when people use a product that not only keeps the skin’s moisture in, but also nourishes and soothes the skin, dryness will often go away.
But there are many environmental and outside factors that contribute to dry skin, so we wanted to talk a bit about these so that anyone suffering from chronic dry skin can make some lifestyle habit changes that could assist them in having suppler, healthier skin.
Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is characterized by flaky, cracked skin that eventually becomes itchy and red. Here are some of its causes:
Weather: Skin tends to dry out a lot in winter because humidity levels outside drop considerably. This makes any moisture your skin has evaporate more quickly than usual. If the air is windy, it will compound this effect and leave skin feeling dry and chapped. Covering the skin with gloves, scarves, etc. and using an emollient healing cream can help.
Heat: Artificial heating systems like central heating and space heaters will dry out air inside the home and office, and the same goes for wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Try to bundle up more and use less heat – also, if you can add a humidifier to your room while you sleep it can help replenish some of the moisture you’ve lost throughout the day.
Exposure to the Sun: We all know the sun dries and ages skin. During the winter months – despite cold temperatures, the sun can be deceptively strong. So do your best to cover up and/or wear sunscreens on your face, hands, and any other area that will be exposed to the sun.
Hot showers and baths: These can strip your skin of their naturally protective oils, so even though the idea of a hot bath sounds wonderful on a cold day, try and keep your soaking time to a minimum if you have a problem with dry skin.
Swimming: If your skin is dry, try to avoid swimming in public pools, which are often highly chlorinated and do a number on the skin’s natural protective oils and moisture level.
Harsh soaps, detergents, and other chemicals: Antibacterial soaps are the most destructive to the skin’s natural moisture shield. Other soaps and detergents can also strip moisture from skin. You may notice after washing dishes that your hands feel dry and chapped – this is because dish soap is designed to break down oil and grease, which it also does to your skin’s healthy oils. If you’re noticing dry skin, try changing to milder soaps, and use a healing cream after washing.
Dehydration: If your body is dehydrated, it’s going to be very difficult to provide adequate moisture to your skin. If you have dry skin, it’s vitally important to begin within by drinking way more water than you are used to.