Dry skin is a common skin care problem. If dry skin is left untreated it can lead to a bigger problem like dermatitis. Dermatitis is skin inflammation characterized by splotches of dry and itchy skin. A practical approach to dry skin treatment starts with an understanding of what actually causes it.
Dry skin occurs when sebum production is low and skin pores or follicles are small. Sebum is a substance that is secreted by the skin and it moisturizes, lubricates and protects the skin. The low production of sebum can be linked to the weather, allergies, aging, a hormonal imbalance or an unhealthy lifestyle. For a strong approach towards dry skin treatment, you need to realize that the skin is made up of three layers. These layers are the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.
The epidermis comprises of areas like the soles of our feet and the palm of our hands. The dermis includes the glands that make the body sweat and cool down the body. The hypodermis is basically made up of fat-filled cells known as adipose cells. This subcutaneous fat layer protects the body and stores energy.
Frequent facials are crucial when it comes to treating dry skin. What they do is encourage the sebum-generating glands to work and supply natural sebum to the skin. By stimulating oil production and preserving the nutrient surface of the skin, moisture is retained and this thwarts dryness.
If you visit a skin care professional, do a skin analysis and ask questions. Ensure that the person attending to you washes and sensitizes his or her hands. The actual process then begins with the removal of your makeup using a mild cleansing lotion.
A subtle glycolic peel massage helps to clean pores and get rid of dead skin cells. It also helps to use a warm towel on the face to soften pores before a massage. Do not use a steamer on dry skin. This only leads to further dehydration. The rationale behind a warm towel is to cleanse the skin and prep it for absorbing the subsequent products that you might apply.
The massage should be administered for 20 to 30 minutes with a cream enriched in organic oils like seabuckthorn oil, avocado oil, castor oil, jojoba oil or rose-hip oil. The massage is extremely rewarding for dry skin because it purges waste from the skin and ensures that oxygen and nutrients are well-circulated around the skin.
After the initial massage, use another warm towel and then use a serum and a professional mask decked with all the ingredients that will help lockdown moisture in the skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes before removing and apply your cream as well as sunscreen.