When a person's skin becomes dry, the top layers of the skin are damaged and dying. It may feel rough to the touch, tight, and even sore, and most of all it won't look healthy. Although there are many causes of dry skin, most of the time it is down to lack of basic skin care and environmental factors which are to blame. You may notice drier, or duller skin, with the weather getting slightly hazier. 

 

 

There is no magical instant fix or quick cure for dry skin other than to begin taking the best care of your skin right away. If you follow the advice in this article and begin taking the best care of your skin, any damaged or dry skin attributed to the bad weather ought to heal and become much healthier within a few weeks.

Skin usually becomes dry because of a lack of sebum. Sebum is the natural protective oils which the skins pores secrete to protect our skin from the elements. If the production of sebum drops off, particularly if our diets aren't good, or as we get older, our skin can become increasingly dry as our skin finds it increasingly difficult to retain moisture and grow healthy. The key to keeping skin healthy is to give it as much of a helping hand in as many ways as possible.

You can do this by:


1. Moisturising More

Moisturising regularly, particularly after bathing or shaving will help protect your skin from the elements, replacing your body's natural lipids lost from a shower, keeping it soft supple and moist. Moisturising is particularly important before going out in the cold, as this is where the most damage usually occurs.

 

2. Showering Right

 

Bathing properly without excessively hot water, flannels and harsh shower gels or soaps. The above combination can wash and scrub the sebum oils from the skin almost completely, leaving your skin completely vulnerable to drying. The idea is to bath to clean, but work with your skin, not against it. Use lukewarm water, a skin friendly soap such as Dove or Olay, and avoid scrubbing utilities. The same goes for drying with a towel, pat yourself dry don't scrub.

 

3. Eating Right

 

Eating a good diet is all important. You're skin can only be as good as the nutrients your body supplies it with, after all. Eating a good balanced diet with plenty of Vitamin A, B and C and sulphur minerals will make your skin much healthier.

 

Drink freshly extracted carrot juice, if you can, every day; carrot juice is an excellent cleanser for the liver, great for the skin and contains a great deal of nutrients, all beneficial for dry skin, eczema, acne, zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and other breakouts. Eating foods high in the omega-3s are particularly important for people with dry skin or acne. The next time you want to have a snack, instead of junk food, help your skin - have an apple, orange, peach, pear, banana, plum, grapes, cherries, berries, cantaloupe or any other fresh fruit.