Problem: What is the best way to care for dry sensitive skin?
Solution: Mild Cleansers and frequent use of moisturizers.
Dry skin is a very common problem and is often worse during the winter. It can occur at all ages and in people with or without other skin problems.
Everyone is familiar to some degree with the appearance of dry skin. The normally fine lines in the skin become more visible, the skin feels rough and appears dull and flaky. Dry skin occurs most commonly on the arms, hands, legs and feet. Dry skin also produces itching, which can be uncomfortable and even severe enough to interfere with sleep and other daily activities.
Treatment of dry skin
To avoid and to treat dry skin it is important to pay special attention to bathing and moisturizing.
You should take a short bath or shower (no more than 10 minutes) only once in a 24-hour period. For adults, showers are generally better than baths. While longer baths or showers, especially in hot water, can be quite relaxing, they will also increase the loss of natural oils from the skin and worsen skin dryness. The bath or shower should be in warm rather than hot water.
The choice of cleanser is very important. Many harsh chemicals used in the formulations of bar soap and body washes exacerbate the occurrence of dry skin.
Choose a Body Wash that is formulated without harsh ingredients
Lavender Naturals Shower Gel
A Healthy Choice, this gentle shower gel has been formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Gluten, Artificial Fragrance nor Colour.
Belcam Bath Therapy Gentle Aloe Vera
A Healthy Choice, this gentle body wash been formulated without Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Gluten and Artificial Colour. It is lightly scented with a hypoallergenic fragrance.
After bathing or showering, quickly and gently pat the skin partially dry with a towel. The immediate next step should be the application of a moisturizer to seal the water in the skin before it can evaporate.
Moisturizers should be reapplied liberally during the day and evening when possible especially to those areas prone to dryness (hands, arms, legs and feet) and when itchy. Do not forget to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. This is important not only to keep the skin moisture at an adequate level but also to help eliminate toxins from the body.
Use Moisture-rich body creams
Lavender Naturals Body Cream
A light and effective moisturiser for use after bath or shower. The scent is a relaxing blend of lavender, bergamot, coriander and 7 other natural essential oils.
Spa Reflections Smoothing Body Soufflé
An effective moisturizer to nourish the skin and lift the spirit that is scented with natural essential oils of peppermint, spearmint, rosemary and orange
Do not neglect dry hands, legs and feet
Age-defying Hand Cream
Retinol and vitamin E help repair and protect hands against dryness and signs of aging
Energizing Leg Cream
Moisturizes the skin as well as improving circulation and eliminating the heavy feeling
Refreshing Foot Cream
Nourishes and softens dry and cracked skin and provides a natural deodorizing and refreshing effect
Soothing Heel balm
Formulated for extreme dryness this balm will soothe, soften and help heal dry, rough and cracked skin