Dry skin can afflict anyone at any age. It is grouped together with Mature skin as they have similar characteristics and needs.
It is often hard to pinpoint the underlying cause. Skin requires two types of substances to be inbalance - oil and water.
Oil is secreted by the sebaceous glands and lubricates and protects the surface of the skin. while water is the moisture that is present in a skin cell. Water maintains a youthful looking, plump skin cell which oil then protects from drying out.
There are two types of dry skin - simple, from lack of natural oils, and complex, which lacks both oil and moisture.
Signs and Symptoms
- Tends to be dull looking. Can be scaly and flaky.
- Readily develops links and wrinkles.
- Prone to sun damage.
- Feels tight and uncomfortable after washing, unless a rich moisturiser is applied.
- Can affect part or the whole body
- May crack when extremely dehydrated
- Poor diet can effect the condition of the skin.
- Inherited conditions such as Ichthyosis.
- Nutritional deficiencies, especially Essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and B.
- Exposure to the environmental factors.
- Poor diet
- Check you are eating a balanced diet. Try eating sulpur rich foods. These keep skin youthful and smooth (garlic, onions, eggs, asparagus).
- Increase intake of yellow and orange vegetables, high in beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A.
- Avoid fried foods and heat treated oils, fizzy drinks, junk food.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine as thes dehydrate the skin and have a diuretic effect.