Understanding My Dry Skin

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I have extremely dry skin all over my body, my legs and face are the worse part for dry patches and my elbows can become really dry and itchy if I forget to moisturise on a daily basis.

Dry skin is extremely common but are we contributing to making our dry skin worse?

Healthy skin is your body's primary defense against infection so If we let our skin get dried out and cracked, we could be giving bacteria a way in. which could lead to more serious skin problems.
Many of us suffer dry skin simply caused by harsh soaps,  misusing moisturiser and one that I didnt think about was long, hot showers.  Another cause for dry skin could be the medications you take - and even medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition.
Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple.

So what Causes Dry Skin??

Usually problems start by something in the environment  or something you're doing to your skin  stripping away these fatty oils, leaving your skin unprotected. Sometimes the cause is internal like a health condition or genetic problem which is making your skin dry out.

Here is a few problems that we can avoid by following simple steps
Dry Air 
Dry air is the most common cause of dry skin it sucks the moisture right out of the skin especially in Winter. 
Another problem with this is as it's cold outside we run indoors putting our heating on high which is another cause of dry skin. 
To combat this when outside wear gloves hat and scarfs. Also big long socks will also help keep your legs protect from the dry air as it can get up your trouser legs. 

Misusing moisturiser

If your anything like me you will have tried lots of different moisturiser to try and combat your dry skin,  while moisturisers are a crucial part of dry skin care, experts say that we don't always use them very well.
The biggest mistake I have made and I bet a lot of you too do the same is to  apply moisturiser to dry skin. this wont really work a moisturiser just acts a berrier to keep moisture in the correct way is to apply to a damp face (not wet). This way, the moisturiser is trapping the moisture still on your skin
The moisturiser must also be thick and greasy in order to seal in the moisture needed for good dry skin care and perfume free moisturisers are less harsh too. 
Petronic-Rosic has a simple moisturiser test. "Put some of your lotion in the palm of your hand and flip your hand over," she says. "If it runs or drips, it's not thick enough for dry skin."

Long, hot showers and baths

Prolonged exposure to water - especially hot water - can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. If you get out of the bath or shower and your skin feels tight, it's dried out.
Choose showers over baths, Why?? Prolonged Exposure to hot water water can wash away natural oils that are vital in protecting out skin. If you feel tight after a bath or shower your skin has dried out.  
Take warm showers rather than hot baths and as soon as you get out pat yourself dry dont rub and apply a nice thick body moisturiser. 
Soap is one of the worse products for stripping away your skins natural oils and some people can use way too much of it.
For dry skin care, look for milder, "fragrance-free" soaps.  the best choice is a mild skin cleanser rather than soap.

Since doing a lot of research on this I do now apply my moisturiser (Liz Earle dry/sensitive intense repair moisturiser) while my face is still damp and try and not have as many hot baths (but i love them so much).

I always put on a nice thick body butter on after the bath and try not to use harsh soaps or shower gels.

What products have helped your dry skin???

Toodle- oo 

Carrieanne xx


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  1. Liz Earle is one of my fave beauty brands!! Great set off products :-)

  2. I think my face is definitely better since using it again C xx

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog! Great post!! A few years ago I suffered from really bad dry skin on my legs until I started using St Ives body lotion for dry skin. It totally cleared my skin from dry patches and I haven't got any kind of dryness back on my skin since! xox


    1. I will have to try some thanks for this, Cx

  4. I have extremely dry skin too! Hate it! Great post! My favorite body moisturizer is Dream Cream from Lush!


    1. I love lush so i will prob love this cream, will have to try some when i go on Friday thanks Cx

  5. Hi there! Lovely post, all these products look really good! :)
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    Have fun! Lauren x

  6. Wow super helpful! :) I have dry skin and I definitely do some not good stuff to my skin!
    Penny Rose

  7. This has actually been so helpful because I have such dry skin! Great post :-)


  8. I can so totally relate to this. Cocoa Butter is my savior and on my face I use the J&J daily moisturiser for dry skin which is amazing!

    Great blog hun, I just followed on Bloglovin'

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    1. Thanks Hun, I love cocoa butter it smells amazing too C xx

  9. This is an interesting post, I often get dry patches on my face and chest. Never even thought about how showering/hot water affects my skin before!


  10. Great post! I have really dry skin, not very fun :/


  11. I get dry skin too, thanks a lot for all the tips! Great post :) x

  12. Great post dear! Would you like to follow each other? Let me know :)

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    1. Hi hunny we will check out your blog now :)


  13. great review! I only use bodylotion and lóreal day cream that's it!

  14. Wow... I love the Nip+Fab Body butters xx

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  15. I am lucky because i prefer showers anyway, my skincare routine is made up of Liz Earle products i love them!! xx

    1. I'm a sucker for a bath with lush products I can sit in there for hours reading and relaxing C x


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Lots of Love

Carrieanne xx

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