Signs of Dry/Sensitive Skin
- Feeling tension in the skin
- Lackluster appearance
- Fine wrinkles
Lots of factors can lead to dry skin:
- Diseases/skin conditions (e.g. atopic eczema, psoriasis, diabetes)
- Medication (e.g. corticosteroids, lipid lowering agents, anti-acne drugs)
- Weather/climate (e.g. cold or dry air, air pollution)
- Skin cleansing (e.g. too much or too aggressively)
- Personal habits (e.g. smoking, not moisturizing, using skincare products that are too neutral or acidic)
The Do’s and Don’t’s
- Don’t use soap or neutral skin cleansers. Wash your skin with pH 5.5 cleansers instead (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion).
- Don’t shower more than once a day or for more than 10 minutes each time. The water shouldn’t be too hot (95°F max) either.
- Avoid soaking in the bathtub for a long time; it makes your skin even drier. Only use soap-free, pH 5.5 bath wash.
- Apply creams or lotions on your skin regularly, at least every other day, and up to 4 times a day on affected skin areas.
- Choose skincare products with a pH of 5.5 to help protect the barrier function of your skin against water loss.
- Use creams and lotions that are highly moisturizing, emollient, and protective (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defense Cream, Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream and Sebamed Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion).
- Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you have a skin condition/disease because it may require medication as well.
- Avoid frequent peelings and skin care products containing alcohol. Products like these amp up the dryness.
- Scalp and hair are often affected by dryness, too. Use a mild, pH 5.5 shampoo with active ingredients that protect and restore your scalp and hair’s hydrolipid balance (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Shampoo).
- Install an air humidifier in your room to help keep your skin moisturized.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water, juice, or tea each day. It’s important to stay hydrated!