Dry patches of skin is a common problem, and many people encounter it on their face, especially around the forehead. How do you go about solving this issue to get consistent, soft and moisturized skin?
In this article we’ll take a look at a few lifestyle changes you may consider making, as well as the type of topical cream you can apply to take care of it.
1. Drink more water
Your skin needs water just like the rest of your body. Drink plenty of it to help hydrate the skin. Minimize your intake of coffee and alcohol, as these are diuretic and actually aids in dehydrating you.
2. Stop smoking
If you look at long time smokers, you can normally see the effect this habit had on their skin quite easily. Smoking and beautiful skin simply do not go hand in hand. Those are two fundamental basics for fighting dry patches of skin. Let’s go a little further and see how you can further address the problem topical treatment.
Here are some pointers as to what an effective dry skin care cream should do and the ingredients it should contain:
1. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) helps the skin to retain moisture. It occurs naturally in our bodies, but is also broken down by certain enzymes in the body. Using a cream that helps to raise the levels of hyaluronic acid by inhibiting some of these enzymes is a big step towards having better hydrated skin. One example of such an ingredient is Phytessence Wakame, made from Japanese sea kelp.
2. Natural oils and moisturizers
Shea butter is a wonderful moisturizer, almost identical to the moisturizers produced naturally in the skin by the sebaceous glands.
Avocado oil is fantastic for dry or sun damaged skin, and has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. It can also significantly raise the collagen levels in the skin, which helps to fight wrinkles.
Babassu oil from the Amazon in Brazil is also a key ingredient for relieving dry skin as it moisturizes the skin without making it greasy or oily.
More important considerations
It is important that your dry skin cream only contain natural oils and emollients. Chemicals can particularly irritate the dry patches of skin, bad alcohols found in many creams can cause even more dryness and synthetic emollients like mineral oils can clog your pores.
I also recommend that you use both a day cream and a night cream. When you sleep you go 6-8 hours without taking in any water or moisture. A night cream will not only help to hydrate your skin throughout the night, but if it contains the right ingredients it can speed up the recovery and rejuvenation of the skin that occurs while you sleep.
Follow these simple guidelines, use the right topical product and those dry patches of skin on your face will soon be something of the past.