This is the start of the Dry Skin Care section. On this page I have 3 short articles from News Canada. And 3 more good articles on dry skin at the bottom.
Don't let winter bring back dry, itchy, bothersome skin
It's that time of year again - the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and Canadian women are digging out their winter wardrobes. For many of us, the change in seasons can also mean the return of bothersome dry skin. While we may not appreciate the humidity of the summer months, we like the effect of additional moisture on our skin, and miss it in the winter months.
A contributing factor to dry, flaky, skin in winter is a drop in temperature. Although winter sometimes feels damp, there is usually less water in the air than on your skin and that creates a moisture vapour loss from the skin. As skin becomes drier, its surface layer stops producing the natural lipids which prevent moisture loss, and water cannot be retained so easily.
As a result of all these factors, sometimes skin on the face and body tends to be in worse condition in the winter months than at other times of the year. In extreme cases, a constant drying effect can even lead to cracking, flaking and redness.
Compounding the problem is the fact that many of our coping strategies for harsh weather only make things worse: "In winter, we tend to turn up the heat and take long baths or hot showers to warm ourselves up," says Dr. Kucy Pon, Olay dermatologist. "While these activities might feel good, they actually can dehydrate the skin and wash away essential oils."
According to Dr. Pon, the number one thing women can do to prevent dry winter skin is to use a good moisturizer: "A moisturizer performs several important functions. It enables lost water to be replaced, and then helps to keep it in the skin by the humectants that it contains," she stresses. Dr. Pon recommends lotions like Olay Quench Body Lotion, which provides moisturization that works to break the dry skin cycle. Those in need of some extra moisturization can also choose to use Olay Moisturinse. It is an in-shower body lotion that you apply to your skin while showering. After you cleanse, it is smoothed on the skin and then rinsed off just like a conditioner.
- News Canada
Now lets take the Dry Skin Quiz by Joel Walsh This is a good little check list.
Dry Skin Care Quiz
Most people who think they know all about dry skin, chapped
skin, chafing, redness and other signs of skin dehydration
really don't. Take this quiz to make sure you know who your
skin's enemies are.
The answers are located at the end of the quiz.
1. What is *not* one of the three most common skin types?
2. What is "combination skin"?
a.) Oily to dry
b.) Normal to dry
c.) Oily to moist
d.) Normal to moist
3. Which of the following is not one of the most common
locations of dry skin?
a.) Lower legs
d.) Tummy (front of abdomen)
4. Scaling is a symptom of dry skin that is also most commonly
c.) Cracked skin
d.) Rough skin
5. Which of the following are worst for dry skin in winter
(also called "winter itch")?
b.) Space heaters
d.) Forced-air furnaces
6. The best skin lotions for winter itch are:
a.) Thick and greasy
b.) Light and smooth
c.) Watery and clay-textured
d.) Spray on
7. In order to avoid chafing when drying off, you should:
a.) Only dry lightly; do not dry off all moisture
b.) Dry thoroughly, but pat yourself dry rather than rubbing
c.) Allow as much of the water to evaporate as possible rather
than towel-drying most of it off
d.) Dry thoroughly and vigorously to dry as fast as possible
a. moist. The most common types of skin are dry, oily, and
normal. Knowing your own skin type, you can find out the bath
and body lotions that will work best at moisturizing your skin.
c. normal to dry. Combination skin means that you have to use a
product that moisturizes your skin without being so strong that
it can make your skin oily.
d. tummy. According to Medline Plus, the most common areas of
your body to suffer dry skin are the arms, lower legs, thighs
and flanks (sides of abdomen).
b. flaking. According to Medline Plus, scaling, also called
flaking, is "visible peeling or flaking of outer skin layers."
Some of the worst sources of scaling are psoriasis, lichen
planus, and athlete's foot.
d. forced-air furnaces. According to Medline Plus, dry skin is
often caused by the sudden switch from cold to warm air, and in
particular the warm dry air of forced-air furnaces.
a. thick and greasy. According to Medline Plus, thick and
greasy lotions really do the best job of holding moisture into
b. pat, don't rub. You have to dry off thoroughly to prevent
losing skin moisture through evaporation, but rubbing the towel
against your skin will damage your epidermis.
Help break the dry skin cycle
Dr. Kucy Pon, Olay dermatologist shares these four tips for helping to keep dry skin at bay during the colder months.
1. A moisturizer is essential - A moisturizer performs several important functions, including replacing lost water. Water-binding ingredients, such as glycerin, help keep it in the skin.
2. Create an oasis - Put some moisture back into the air by using a humidifier in your home or office. It will counteract the drying effects of indoor heat.
3. Drink lots of water - Increase your body's natural moisture level by staying hydrated throughout the day.
4. Keep wrapped up - Dress for the season and try to limit your skin's exposure to harsh temperatures and damaging winds.
- News Canada
Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin
By Tom Turner
If you have dry skin, then you probably already know it can be really difficult to care for. When you don't look after it properly, it can become flaky, and if it gets really bad, may even become irritated and red. Although it's possible to find plenty of products that claim to be able to solve dry skin problems, unfortunately most of their claims are sales hype.
Although most over the counter products don’t do much to combat dry skin, there are a number of things you can do to improve the condition of your skin. It's mostly a question of making some basic changes to your daily skincare routine. It won't take long for your skin to appear more healthy and vibrant.
With dry skin, you have completely the opposite problem to someone with oily skin. Basically, your skin is suffering from a lack of sebum, the oil that helps to keep the skin moist and supple. People with oily skin produce far too much sebum. Sebum is actually made from skin cells, and is an essential ingredient in healthy, supple skin. Because dry skin has insufficient oil, you need to replace it from both inside and outside.
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to use a good quality moisturizer. Choose a cream that is rich, but not heavy. Consider choosing a natural cream with aloe vera and chamomile. Both these ingredients are very soothing, as well as helping to reduce dryness and improve the skin's healing abilities.
You also need to look at the type of foods you eat. It's important to choose healthy foods, because the healthier your body, the healthier your skin will be. You may not realize this, but your skin is actually the largest organ of your body. So it needs to be nourished just like all the other organs in your body. Depending on the types of food you already eat, you might need to consider taking a supplement, such as Vitamin E, Omega-3 oils and B-Complex vitamins. Making sure you get enough of these important nutrients is a great way to improve the condition of your skin.
By nourishing your skin in both these ways, you should soon a marked reduction in the level of dryness. Helping your skin to be more supple and moist also helps to slow down the process of aging, so you're the winner in two ways.
Article Source: ezinearticles.com
Winter skin care tips from News Canada.
The snow. The slush. The sleet. It's enough to make even the most beautiful skin shiver. But before you settle in for a long winter's nap, grab hold of these beauty-boosting winter skin care tips that are sure to beat your winter blahs - and put a warm smile on your face.
For your Itchy Skin here are some tips from Dr. Pon
Here is a start for coconut oil information the links in the articles will take you to Skin MD which Wayne'r thinks has a lot of good information as well.
This is the first time that I have seen the word Xerosis used in an article for dry skin. This articles has tips that are straight to the point. And We have learned a new word along the way "Xerosis"
This is a short article with just a start on info about dry skin. I did go to the links made in the article and I though that the informaction from doctorgoodskin.com was good!!!! Wayne'r gives the web site a thumbs up.....
Now, I know Wayne'r gets dry skin and cold in the winter and a hot bath sounds good! With the price of heating bills I'm already in hot water. Bills paid -- house still cold. Any way put some oil in your bath water. Or use a moisturizer befor drying off.
These tips on moisturizer for oily skin, dry skin, and combination skin by Angie Kocsi may just be the tip you need!