Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition with symptoms and signs of scaling, itching and cracking on the upper skin layer. It occurs for a variety of reasons. Some people have naturally dry skin. You can develop dry skin condition even if you have oily skin from time to time. It can occur on the parts of your body. Mostly dry skin condition affects your hands, arms, and legs.
Harsh soaps, detergents and shampoos wash away moisture from your skin because they are formulated to remove oil. Dehydration can also dry out your skin and can be sore and uncomfortable. Exposure to dry weather conditions, hot water, and certain chemicals can also cause dry skin. Other conditions, such as psoriasis and type 2 diabetes, can also cause dry skin condition. Dry skin is more common during the fall and winter months when humidity level drops down to its lower levels. Frequent baths, or washing with very hot water can raise your risk of dry skin condition.
Simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent dry skin condition. You can try out following tips to avoid dry skin:
• Do not use hot water to bathe or shower
• shower every other day instead of every day
• keep your shower time between 5-8 minutes
• use a moisturizing soap whenever you bathe or shower
• apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or showering
• pat, rather than rub, wet skin dry with a soft towel
• avoid itching or scrubbing dry skin patches
• use a humidifier in your home
• and last but not least drink plenty of water