The sun, the wind, and heat and old are some of the stressors that can dry out and irritate your skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy all year long.
Dry skin feels rough and can peel in areas. It can also cause tightness or itching. Applying a daily moisturizer is key for preventing and relieving dry skin. For some people, moisturizing can even help control skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema.
Moisturizing creams may contain active ingredients such as:
alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
Studies have shown that most of these ingredients are effective at improving skin hydration. However, the effectiveness of many other ingredients has not yet been proven. You should always talk to your pharmacist or beauty advisor before buying a skin care product.
Some people have very sensitive skin that reacts to different stressors with redness and sensations of irritation, burning or tightness. These stressors can include the sun, extreme temperatures, hot or spicy foods, alcohol, strong emotions, and certain illnesses or drugs. There are things you can do to help reduce skin irritation and redness.
Cleanse your skin every day with a mild soap-free product. Choose hypoallergenic products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Make sure you choose products that don’t contain fragrances or perfumes, as these cause itching, redness or even an allergic reaction.
Use warm water to wash your face. Make sure the water isn't too hot or too cold.
Hydrate your skin every time you wash it.
Before going outside, apply sunscreen and protect your skin from stressors like the wind or cold.
Whenever possible, avoid factors that aggravate your symptoms.
Redness may be caused by skin conditions such as rosacea. See your pharmacist or doctor if you think you may have this or another condition, as you may be able to get a prescription to treat it.