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. More serious dry skin conditions, such as the inherited group of disorders called ichthyosis, can sometimes be disfiguring enough to cause psychological distress.
Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled. These include exposure to hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and excessive bathing.
You can do a lot on your own to improve your skin, including using natural nutrient rich products, while avoiding harsh, drying soaps.
All of our quality soaps will deal with dry skin effectively. However, if it is severe, then we recommend adding our pure Emu Oil and our Face & Body Cream for recovery. In addition, you may want to take a look at some of your normal habits around the house. Here are some thoughts:
• Limit your bath or shower time to about 15 minutes or less, and use warm, rather than hot, water.
• After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin. Immediately moisturize your skin with our Emu Oil or Face & Body Cream.
• Hot, dry indoor air can parch sensitive skin and worsen itching and flaking. A portable home humidifier or one attached to your furnace adds moisture to the air inside your home.
• Natural fibers such as cotton and silk allow your skin to breathe. But wool, although it certainly qualifies as natural, can irritate even normal skin. When you wash your clothes, try to use detergents without dyes or perfumes, both of which can irritate your skin.
Drinking water in adequate amounts (one half gallon of distilled water daily) will also help to deliver the nutrition into skin more effectively.