Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Dry skin is more prone to roughness, flakiness and scaling, and can easily become itchy, irritated or cracked.

Symptoms

  • Skin lacks moisture, suppleness and elasticity
  • Skin is prone to roughness, itchiness, flaking and scaling, and may also crack or become irritated or inflamed
  • Common locations include the face (where it may highlight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), the backs of the hands, the forearms, the feet and the lower legs
  • Symptoms may be worse in cold or windy weather

Causes

  • Skin becomes increasingly susceptible to dryness and moisture loss as we get older
  • Inadequate consumption of water, essential fatty acids (e.g. omega-3, -6 and -9) or fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. vitamins A, D and E)
  • In some cases, dry skin may be symptomatic of underlying health problems, including Eczema and Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Thyroid underactivity, diabetes, and certain auto-immune diseases
  • Environmental factors, including humidity levels, wind exposure and the use of heating systems in the home
  • Sun and UV exposure may also contribute, and in some instances, small dry or scaly patches of skin may be pre-cancerous lesions
  • Skin care products and soaps may cause or aggravate the problem for some people
  • Hands may become extremely dry if they are frequently exposed to water, detergents or harsh chemicals

Nutritional & Herbal Support

  • Take a multivitamin that's been specially formulated to provide antioxidants to protect the skin from Free Radical Damage, and essential fatty acids and other ingredients to promote the skin's health and integrity. Important ingredients to look for include evening primrose and fish oils (which supply essential fatty acids); the fat-soluble vitamins A, D3 and E; and demineralised fish proteoglycan extract, which is naturally rich in proteins and other compounds that help make up the matrix of the skin and keep it hydrated, elastic and firm. In clinical studies, demineralised fish proteoglycan extract has been demonstrated to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Flax seed oil, evening primrose oil and fish oil contain fatty acids that help to maintain healthy skin moisture levels and reduce inflammatory tendencies and sensitivity. They may be especially beneficial in Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis. Vitamin A is important for the healthy functioning of the skin. Cod and halibut liver oils are naturally rich sources of vitamin A, and also supply vitamin D
  • Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps to maintain moist, healthy skin

Diet & Lifestyle advice

  • Drink at least two litres of water every day, and avoid diuretic beverages such as tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen and covering up whenever possible
  • See your doctor for an annual skin check up, and be sure to point out any patches of dryness or scaling
  • Choose unrefined polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, from fish, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil and avocados. In particular, try to eat several serves of oily fish (such as salmon, tuna or sardines) every week to maintain high levels of omega-3 fats
  • Avoid bathing or showering in very hot water, which can dry the skin out. Choose gentle soaps and skin care products that have been specially formulated to maintain the skin's fragile pH balance. Skin should be moisturised regularly, as soon as possible after showering

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Information provided is of a general nature and should not replace that of your healthcare professional.

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