Dry skin is uncomfortable and can sometimes even be accompanied by flaking, itching and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. You may have naturally dry skin. But even if you tend to have oily skin in general, you can get dry skin from time to time.
Dry skin can affect any part of your body, but most commonly hands, arms and legs. In many cases, lifestyle changes and a good moisturizer are all it takes to treat it.
What are the causes of dry skin?
Age. The older you get, the higher your risk of getting dry skin. As you age, your pores produce less oil, which increases your risk for dry skin.
Your medical history. You're more likely to develop eczema if these conditions or other allergic diseases run in your family.
The weather. Dry skin occurs more often in the fall and winter months, when humidity is relatively low. In summer, higher humidity helps keep skin from drying out.
Hot baths or showers. Frequent bathing or showering with hot water increases your risk for dry skin.
Simple lifestyle changes can help relieve dry skin
Simple changes to your lifestyle can help prevent and relieve dry skin:
Don't bathe or shower with hot water or for more than 10 minutes.
Use a moisturizing shower gel.
Apply a moisturizer immediately after bathing or showering.
Pat your wet skin dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing it dry.
Always use a shaving cream or gel.
Avoid scratching or scrubbing dry skin areas.
Use a humidifier in your home.
Drink plenty of water.
It's also important to choose the right moisturizer for your skin type. In the summer months, you can switch to a lighter water-based moisturizer. Hyaluronic creams and serums can also help retain water in your skin.