Are you winter ready? We all know that winter is approaching nearby and our skin is the first to get affected. Xeroderma is the clinical term for Dry skin that affects a lot many of us. In order to get relief from it, we apply creams and moisturizers and spend money endlessly trying new and more effective products for improved moisturizing.
Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin is a very common condition faced by many individuals and this happens mostly in dry and cold weather due to low humidity levels. The skin loses its moisture content and further, it leads to peeling of skin and cracks.
Apart from the weather conditions, there might be other reasons as to why dryness of skin occurs.
- Heat causes a reduction in humidity and thereby dryness of skin. Also, hot showers can cause the moisture to evaporate from the skin surface.
- Usage of harsh soaps and detergents that cause the skin to dry up.
- Even if soaps are not very harsh, repeated washing of hands can also lead to dry skin.
- Certain Vitamin deficiencies such as Vitamin A and D can also lead to dry skin.
- Sunburns also cause dryness of skin voiding of its moisture.
- Also, dry skin is a side effect of some medication.
- Medical conditions such as Psoriasis and atopic dermatitis lead to dry skin.
Symptoms of Dry Skin
Depending on certain factors such as age, health, surrounding weather each person presents with a variety of symptoms:
- Skin that looks and feels dry. It also feels tight after a shower.
- Scaly and flaky skin that might appear ash colored
- Cracks of the skin that may lead to bleeding
Repairing Dry Skin
Who doesn’t want a smooth and supple skin? Take care of your skin by keeping these few guidelines in mind:
- Your daily shower might do damage to your skin if the water is too hot! Hot water evaporates the moisture from the skin and makes it dry. So try to take bath in warm water rather than hot water and use milder soaps or moisturizing soaps. Harsh soaps dry up skin faster. After shower pat dry rather than rubbing and do not spend more time in the shower.
- Using gloves to wash utensils and do work which requires usage of detergents and dishwashing soaps will prevent your skin from drying up.
- After your favorite swimming session taking a shower and immediately moisturizing will prevent drying up of your skin that is caused by the harmful chlorine of the swimming pool water.
- Regular moisturizing with creams or lotions post-shower traps the moisture in the skin and doesn’t allow it to dry up. Petroleum jelly will also do the same job. Along with body moisturizing one must moisturize lips with a lip balm/petroleum jelly and cracked feet with a foot cream.
- Having Foods rich in Essential fatty acids (EFA) helps to heal from within. Foods rich in EFA’s are Fish oils and Flaxseeds
Treating the condition
In Homoeopathy, the product Doliosis D63 Moisturel relieves symptoms of itching, redness, and scratchiness associated with dry skin. It acts by replenishing the moisture from within thereby treating the root cause of the problem. This product has no side effects and is easy to consume. It can be taken with other medicines, for all age groups.