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Dry Skin

Dry, flaky skin, also referred to as xerosis, not only looks unattractive, it can be uncomfortably tight and itchy. In severe cases, the skin is so dry that fissures and cracks develop which can become inflamed or infected. The symptoms worsen in the winter months when skin is exposed to dry air and heat, but some people deal with xerosis all year round.

What Causes It?

Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the outer layer of the skin. The outermost layer of the skin contains lipids. These lipids consist of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol that help to hold in water and prevent dryness. People with dry skin often have lower levels of ceramides. This affects the skin’s ability to retain moisture. When the outer layer of skin is too dry, skin cells aren’t shed properly and the cells build up on the surface of the skin causing it to look rough and flaky.

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Some people are prone towards dry skin genetically, but lifestyle habits play a role too. Ceramides that keep skin moist and supple can be stripped away by using harsh cleansers and detergents, washing skin in hot water, exposing skin to chemicals, frequent bathing and exposure to dry air or extremes in temperature. Areas with the fewest oil glands such as the extremities and trunk are most susceptible.

What to Do About It

It’s important to reduce your skin’s exposure to elements that damage the lipid layer and remove moisture from the skin. Some people live in homes with a low humidity. Adding a home humidifier to increase moisture in the air is a simple way to sooth dry, irritated skin. Staying covered up outdoors in the winter helps too.

Some people are prone towards dry skin genetically, but lifestyle habits play a role too.

Another problem that aggravates xerosis is excessive exposure to water, especially hot water. Dry skin was less common years ago when people didn’t have the convenience of taking a shower every day. Using harsh cleansers and bath products including soap also worsen the problem by stripping away the lipids and oils that keep skin moist. A better alternative is to use a soap-free cleanser which contains ingredients that remove dirt while helping to repair the protective lipid barrier. Keep baths short, and use warm, not hot, water. A brief shower is a better alternative.

After cleansing, it’s important to moisturize. Pat skin dry and immediately apply a layer of moisturizer while skin is still slightly damp. Choose one that contains ingredients known to be effective for dry skin such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, alpha-hydroxy acids or urea. Alpha-hydroxy acids have the additional advantage of smoothing the skin surface and improving its texture so it reflects light better, making skin look more youthful. Stay away from lanolin and fragrance which can irritate the skin.

A lotion works well for xerosis on the body, but creams are better for treating facial dryness. Select a product which contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin along with other moisturizers such as shea butter and safflower seed oil to retain moisture. Using a combination of moisturizers also helps to smooth out the appearance of fine lines and makes skin feel supple and silky.

The Bottom Line?

Dry skin is more than just a cosmetic problem. It can make skin feel itchy and uncomfortable. Fortunately, it can be treated by making a few lifestyle changes and using the right skin care products.

  

Dry Skin Products

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A thick, rich, emollient product that reduces the signs and symptoms of eczema or dermatitis.
$12.00
2oz | FC010
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This cream provides immediate relief for irritated or itchy skin conditions such as eczema.
$28.00
6oz | FC003
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A rich cream that provides 24 hour hydration.
$65.00
1.69oz | DC246
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Premier Cru Riche delivers ultimate anti-aging action for visibly younger skin.
$158.00
1.6oz | CP148
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An alcohol-free toner that refreshes and balances dry or sensitive skin types.
$41.00
6.8oz | YK005
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A rich, nurturing moisturizer that repairs dry skin.
$98.00 $122.00 value
4.3oz | JQ022
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An essential set to quench the face, lips and hands.
$39.00 $61.00 value
CP164
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A powerful anti-aging treatment that restores youthful radiance.
$80.00
2oz | AS005
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A rich hydrating cream that leaves dry skin fresh, supple and moisturized.
$46.00
1.5oz | NX118
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A high performance moisturizing cream that provides antioxidant protection.
$44.00
1.4oz | JQ161
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Use this rich and velvety cream for a healthy glow and visibly younger-looking skin.
$75.00
1.3oz | CP125
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A rich, luxurious daily moisturizer for dry or sensitive skin.
$42.95
1oz | DK011
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An ultra-hydrating, anti-aging moisturizer for dry skin that helps protect from environmental damage.
$52.00
1.17oz | RC094
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Restore balance in the skin while you sleep with this hydrating cream.
$58.00
1.17oz | RC085
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For a complete 24 hours, this rich cream will soften skin, to moisturize, hydrate and nourish.
$45.00
1.7oz | LO026
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Replenish dehydrated and depleted skin with this daily cleansing bar.
$42.00
4oz | RC002
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This masque provides immediate and long-term hydration to leave the skin softer and smoother.
$59.00
1.7oz | YK080
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An anti-aging night creme for dry skin.
$50.00
1.7oz | OL019
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A restoring and replenishing treatment to counteract dryness.
$66.00
4.1oz | JQ024
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Hydrate, brighten and strengthen your skin's immune system.
$48.00
1.18oz | RC024
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A luxurious anti aging cream with extract of caviar.
$197.50
1.7 oz | PE092
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Replenish lipids, soothe, repair and regenerate skin with this night cream for dry or sensitive skin.
$41.00
1.5oz | NX086
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A light moisturizer which balances the oil and moisture content of the skin.
$69.95
3.4oz | DK010
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A rich night cream that is fast-absorbing and helps to brighten skin tone.
$67.00
1.4oz | YK029
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This cream provides maximum nutrition, relieving, reviving and reinforcing skin.
$165.00
1.9oz | TX010
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Wake up to a gorgeous complexion with this anti-aging overnight miracle.
$80.00
1.7oz | GO034
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A blend of 6 plant and essential oils to repair the skin's barrier while you sleep.
$52.00
1oz | CP159
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Intensely moisturizes the driest skin and improves the skins complexion.
$40.00
1.6oz | CP111
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For the specific needs of hormonally imbalanced skin as a result of advanced aging.
$135.00
1oz | YK111
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A non-abrasive exfoliant that promotes hydration, clarity and skin balance.
$44.00
1.7oz | YK007
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Even out skin tone and reduce any discoloration with this oil-free serum
$50.95
0.5oz | KI032
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This toner helps to soothe and hydrate dry, sensitive or irritated skin.
$60.00
6.7oz | TX004
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Moisturizing and soothing kit leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
$63.00 $103.00 value
CP162
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Concentrated Strengthening Toner helps increase skin's ability to fight environmental aggressors and the daily stressors.
$29.95
4oz | KI012
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A creamy oil serum infused into a Bio-Cellulose Sheet Mask to add natural powerful nutrients back to aging, dry skin.
$58.00
4 x 0.47oz | KA010
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Gently and naturally repairs skin, replenishes lost nutrients and protects against peroxidation.
$89.00
1.7oz | NZ003
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A rich cream to treat first wrinkles for dry and very dry skin that tugs and feels uncomfortable.
$53.00
1.5oz | NX123
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A rich, nurturing moisturizer that repairs dry skin.
$44.00
1.4oz | JQ079
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Smooth and soften skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
$66.00
.5 oz | SD006
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Anti-age with Millet Seed Extract, Rose and Frankincense.
$88.00
1.69oz | AX071
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This comforting, rich cream is oil-restoring, repairing, soothing and anti-aging.
$73.00
1.74oz | YK108
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A nourishing and repairing moisturizer for those with dry and sensitive skin.
$41.00
1.5oz | NX085
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Rich face cream fills in visible lines, firms, and nourishes dry skin.
$57.00
1.5oz | NX132
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For Dry Skin. Maintain skin moisture level and keep its tonicity.
$59.00
1.7 oz | PE003
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A replenishing foaming cleanser that rebalances skin dryness.
$34.00
6.7oz | JQ003
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This lotion gently cleanses leaving skin feeling smooth and moisturized.
$34.00
6.7oz | JQ088
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Restructures, nourishes, soothes and rebalances very dry, eczema prone skin.
$22.00
6.7oz | MU031
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Maracuja Oil is a superior emollient skin moisturizer, rich in Vitamin C for instant skin brightening effects.
$34.00
2oz | RW007
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