Sarah Lockbaum RPN, CDE, IIWCC
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Common CausesDry Air
Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter. It draws the moisture right out of the skin.
Long, Hot Showers & Baths
Prolonged exposure to water, especially hot water can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. Lukewarm rather than hot water is better for dry skin problem.
Soap can quickly strip away your skin's protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. Ironically, in the quest to rid ourselves of germs, excessive hand washing can dry out the skin and cause it to crack and bleed, making infection much more likely.
Use a soap-free, sulfate-free wash in the bath or shower. It is less likely to strip the natural oils from your skin
Select a cleanser that is clinically proven to be non-irritatingMoisturizing
Use a concentrated moisturizer clinically proven to hydrate your skin. Make sure it is free from fragrances & petrochemicals
Select a moisturizer that is non-greasy and absorbs very well
Select a moisturizer that provides 24 hours of moisturization