Skin is dried when it cannot maintain the protective layer that acts as a barrier against the elements. While the loss of moisture and the natural, protective oils secreted by the skin can be caused by genetic factors, dry skin can also develop, or be aggravated by, low humidity, especially in dry, winter weather, according to the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Skin dryness can cause a variety of symptoms. According to MayoClinic.com, some of the more common symptoms of dry skin include tightness or dehydration, itching, varying degrees of flaking, fine lines or cracks, redness or irritation, and in severe cases, bleeding.
You can help inflamed, dry skin by following a few preventative measures:
- When you shower or bathe, use lukewarm water instead of scalding, hot water.
- Limit the length of your bath to no more than 15 minutes.
- Use a nourishing soap instead of a detergent bar that strips your skin of its needed protective barrier.
- After washing, you may find that immediately applying a moisturizer formulated for dry skin will help your skin hold in its moisture.
Best Soaps for Dry Skin.
Using proper skin care products–including soaps–can help to minimize the appearance of dry skin. Cleansing with the wrong type of soap and using improper cleansing methods can exacerbate the appearance of dry skin. If you have extremely dry skin, you should avoid washing with harsh soaps, which can strip your skin of its natural moisturizers.
Our handmade soaps contain natural emollients such as glycerin and vegetable oils known for antioxidants and other healthy benefits. Many of our soaps are designed for problem skin and contain oatmeal and sea salts which provide gentle exfoliation while nourishing your skin with needed minerals.
If you or one of your friends find that your skin feels overly dry during these winter months, look at our handmade soaps which contain all of the ingredients which will help your skin feel healthy and nourished.