What makes the skin dry, and how Liquid Skin Salve moisturizes the skin
In general, dry air = dry skin. Why?
“Think of it as dry air sucking the moisture out of the skin,” explains Susan Taylor, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Penn Medicine. “It’s that loss of moisture from upper layers of the skin that causes it to dry out.” Winter air is often dry, and the air that comes out of indoor furnaces can be even worse.
However, dry skin can make its mark at other times of the year, too. People who spend the summers indoors may expose their skin to the dry air that comes out of air-conditioning units.
Exposure to Water
It may seem strange—after all, wet is the opposite of dry. But too much exposure to water can actually dry out the skin and cause it to become cracked and raw—especially when it’s exposed to hot water.
“Long, hot showers and baths strip away the skin’s natural oils, which leads to dry skin,” Dr. Taylor says.
Exposure to Chemicals
This goes right along with exposure to water.
When people get their skin wet, they often expose themselves to chemicals. Frequent hand-washers and bathers use plenty of soap, which can actually irritate the skin and remove its natural oils. Swimmers may get exposed to too much chlorine, which can have harsh effects on the skin.
This explains why dry skin tends to be a common problem for those who are constantly washing their hands at work (e.g., nurses, hairdressers), or certain athletes (e.g., swimmers, divers).
Dry skin itches because it is irritated easily.
The natural oil secretions in our hair follicles help protect us from environmental damage, sun, wind, harsh soaps, aging etc. Dry skin lack moisture due to dehydration of the skin. A condition seen in all types which lacks water. Drinking lots of water and hydrating the skin with humectants and moisturizers help minimize dryness that cause you to itch.
The most common treatment for dry skin is the use of moisturizers to reduce water loss and soothe the skin. Moisturizers come in several forms — ointments, creams, and lotions. Ointments are mixtures of water in oil, usually either lanolin or petrolatum. Creams are preparations of oil in water, which is the main ingredient. Creams must be applied more often than ointments to be most effective. Lotions are the mix of water-soluble ingredients again; water is the main ingredient. Because of their high-water content, they feel cool on the skin and don’t leave the skin feeling greasy. Although they are easy to apply and may be more pleasing than ointments and creams, lotions don’t have the same protective qualities. You may need to apply them frequently to relieve the signs and symptoms of dryness. Moisturizers should be used indefinitely to prevent recurrence of dry skin.
So, to keep your skin moist you should:
- Take lukewarm baths or showers
- Limit baths/showers to 5 to 10 minutes
- Apply moisturizer right after drying off from a shower or washing your hands
- Use a moisturizing body soap and hand soap
- Use heavier creams or ointments during the winter months and lighter lotions in the summer
Ointment will moisturize the skin by creating the protective layer of oil, which prevent evaporation. After handwashing this protective layer washes off and you need to reapply it.
Creams and lotions bring humectants to the skin, which supply skin with moisture, but they also wash away fast.
Ideally, we should supply skin with moisture and preserve it in the skin.
The basic formula in Liquid Skin Salve helps to deliver moisture into the skin. This will keep skin moist through multiple washing. Our special ingredient Mageonic will help to restore natural protective layer, which created by sebatious glands in the skin.
Skin can repair itself and Liquid Skin Salve provide conditions which help the recovery.