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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

My Face Become Dry in Winter

What exactly is dry skin? It’s actually a very common skin problem. Plenty of factors can exacerbate dry skin, including drying soaps, age, sun exposure and low humidity. Dry skin is sometimes only a temporary problem, caused by dry weather. Showering too often, especially in hot water, can also cause dry skin.

What Causes Dry Skin?
Almost everybody experiences dry skin at some point in their life, and finding out more about this common complaint can help you to take measures to prevent it. These are some common risk factors:

Age - Oil production often decreases as you become older, and your skin changes over the course of your life. Skin products suitable when you were in your teens might be unsuitable in your thirties.  Bathing - If your showers or baths are too hot or too long, your skin can be stripped of its protective oils. These protective oils are necessary for keeping your skin moisturized. If you wash your hands too often, they might become red, chapped and sore.
Dehydration - If your skin is dry, it lacks water. If you fail to drink enough water, your skin will look and feel dry. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is essential for optimum health, not just in your skin but your whole body.
Gender- Both genders can suffer from dry skin problems but menopause makes dry skin worse in women.

How Do Moisturizers Work?
A moisturizer is like a barrier between your skin and the elements. The moisturizer holds water in your skin tissue, making it feel and look better. Washing removes the skin’s natural oils and moisturizers replace them. Moisturizers need to be applied after cleansing the skin and throughout the day as you need it.
Sunscreen and moisturizer combinations are not normally as good together as using a separate cream for each purpose. Use a good moisturizer and also use a good sunscreen.
Selecting the best moisturizer for your dry skin is simpler if you understand how various moisturizers work. You can find cheap moisturizers or very expensive ones. Knowing exactly what is best for your skin is vital.

Aloe is an ingredient commonly found in good moisturizers. It is an emollient which has been extracted from aloe vera plant leaves. This helps to remove dead skin and lock in water, keeping the skin moisturized.
Alpha hydroxy acids help with exfoliation.
Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, help to protect cell membranes and fatty tissues. They repair damage caused by sun rays and air pollutants.
Emollients are a mixture of water and oil, meaning they are heavier than other moisturizers. Emollients help to lubricate the skin and replace lipids.
Glycerin attracts water to the skin and is a natural by-product of soap production.
Vitamin A (retinoic acid) improves sun damage and helps to keep the pores clean. Rosehip seed oil can decrease imperfections like wrinkles and can repair dry skin. 

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