Ordinary dry skin (xerosis) usually isn't serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles.
Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled.
Other factors of dry skin, including certain diseases, can significantly alter the function and appearance of your skin.
Switch to a light cleansing cream rather than a soap which strips the skin of its natural oils. Always apply moisturizer immediately after facial cleansing to allow it to be maximally absorbed. Moisturizers which provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping. If your skin is extremely dry, you may want to apply oil, while your skin is still moist. Oil has more staying power than moisturizers do and prevents the evaporation of water from the surface of your skin.
Home prescriptives such as AHAs, PHAs are recommended to hydrate the skin. The following is a list of skin care ingredients that moisturise and hydrate the skin: ajuga turkestanica, aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, ceramide, cholestrol, colloidal oatmeal, dexpanthenol, dimethicone, evening primrose oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, shea butter.
The following is a list of skin care ingredients to AVOID due to drying:
- alcohol if it is listed among first seven ingredients,
- cleansers that foam vigorously,
- and fragrance