Erase Dry Itchy Skin By Moisturizing From Inside Out
Dry itchy skin affects about 85% of adults over the age of sixty five. This is skin condition characterized by roughness, scaling, dryness, and itching. The skin becomes red, and can get cracked easily when scratching is excessive.
Causes Of Dry Itchy Skin
Dry skin, in its milder form, does not reflect any underlying illness. The skin sometimes just loses some of its moisture that gives it the pliable feel and appearance. Aging and the cold weather can also cause drying of the skin.
Other contributory factors of dry skin include frequent bathing and exposure to the sun, wind, chemicals and other environmental factors that leach natural oils from the skin.
However, severe dry itchy skin, also known as ichthyosis is often inherited and tends to be linked to other conditions such as thyroid disorders and lymphoma. Severe dry skin should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Dry Skin Care
Obviously, if you suffer from this skin ailment, you would want relief and moisturizing the skin has been touted as the best form of relief, but that probably means you will have to be at it all day, slathering it on. Well, you can start relieving your dry skin symptoms by moisturizing from inside out.
According to Susan Ciminelli, author of The Ciminelli Solution: A 7 Day Plan for Radiant Skin, “All you need to is increase your water intake, eat more green leafy vegetables and adjust your diet to include foods that are rich in water such as melons and cucumbers.” The author says to do this every day and in just one week, sufferers with dry itchy skin will see a difference.
Boosting intakes of vitamins A and C, the B-group vitamins and zinc has shown improvement in some people.
The more you scratch your itchy skin, the more the inflamed skin will itch. Stop the itch-scratch cycle by using oral antihistamines such as Zyrtec to keep you from scratching your skin raw.
Another key to overcoming dry skin is to avoid overly drying cleansers. Use a good cleansers such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Olay Foaming Face Wash and SkinCeuticals Foaming Cleanser to gently cleanse your skin before apply a moisturizer.
Bathing or cleansing your body once a day is best if you have dry itchy skin. Experts recommend that you do this in the evening with warm water and a soft wash cloth. Be sure to avoid abrasive scrubs and never use any harsh soap on your skin.
Now let’s moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize! For better results, do this right after taking a bath or shower. Apply hydrating body creams such as Guava Body Butter or CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, or Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. These moisturizers have extra emollient base and are particularly good for dry skin.
To help speed up hydration of the skin, it is recommended that you should apply moisturizer more than once a day. Dermatologists recommend applying moisturizers four or five times a day for rapid improvement. That in itself can be a tedious job and not a lot of people can keep up with such a rigorous regimen. If you are up that task, then by all means do that to see significant improvements in about a week.
However, if you don’t want the bother of reapplying moisturizer throughout the day, you will be happy to know that scientists have discovered a once a day cream that works on dry itchy skin. This cream is called Sween 24. It contains an emollient that keeps the skin hydrated all day and soothes the skin. It can be purchased from www.sweenstore.com.
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