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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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Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture.
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1oz | EA208
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Lightweight daily moisture cream hydrates and immediately brightens skin.
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Powerful brightening peptides and potent antioxidants in one powerhouse product.
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Keep sign of aging at bay with this creamy Glycolic Acid based cleanser.
$33.00
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Reduce the appearance of aging as well as restore skins integrity.
$50.00
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A lusciously hydrating moisturizer, crafted for everyday use.
$73.50
2oz | DQ059
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This C Infusion Serum uses extra-active BV-OSC and Orange Stem Cells, known to gently tone and tighten, while protecting skin from harmful free radicals.
$88.00
1oz | DQ075
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Nourish and restore overworked skin with this antioxidant-rich peptide cream with anti-aging plant extracts.
$76.00
1oz | DQ065
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Lightweight and moisturizing, this brightening cream uses Chromabright™ and BV-OSC to help fade pigmentation.
$73.00
2oz | DQ080
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Sheer-tinted moisturizer coupled with a UVA/UVB physical sunscreen for airy, immediate coverage
$72.00
2oz | DQ089
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This gentle creamy cleanser purifies your sensitive skin without stripping essential oils or over drying.
$37.00
6oz | DQ082
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Step one of your 3D skin regimen.
$44.00
6oz | DQ087
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A lavish moisturizer helps return skin to its youthful luminescence.
$82.00
2oz | DQ064
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This foaming cleanser purifies and preserves while slowing the effects of harmful free radicals.
$35.00
6oz | DQ076
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This remarkable broad-spectrum sunscreen boasts an SPF of 30 that shields vulnerable skin from the sun.
$53.50
2oz | DQ060
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A sumptuous blend of Argan, Jojoba and Olive Oil create a soothing barrier of moisture for your sensitive skin.
$38.00
1oz | DQ083
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For skin that appears hydrated, smooth, and firm with a glowing and radiant look.
$60.00
0.27oz x 8 | WE024
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A rich-textured cream specifically designed for nighttime use.
$75.00
1.7oz | KU009
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Creates a smooth, calm and thoroughly-glowing skin that looks and feels younger.
$110.00
1oz | KU007
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Soothes dry, reddened and sensitive skin while gently removing dead skin cells.
$42.00
6.7oz | KU005
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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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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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A potent blend of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, plant oils and anti-irritants.
$28.00
1oz | PN049
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The ultimate skin soothing solution for the face and body.
$36.00
1.5oz | MN036
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A double duty, anti-aging solution is your skin’s answer to an even and more flawless complexion.
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This ultra–hydrating daily lotion comforts dry skin.
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Calms and preps the skin for a more comfortable shave.
$25.00
5oz | MO326
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A limited edition, special value set containing 4 best selling ceramide products.
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EA206
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Antioxidant night concentrate for improved radiance, elasticity, and density.
$145.00
1oz | SK097
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This cream provides maximum nutrition, relieving, reviving and reinforcing skin.
$165.00
1.9oz | TX010
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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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This creamy and refreshing gel is the perfect emergency remedy for very dehydrated skin.
$82.00
1oz | YK110
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This comforting, rich cream is oil-restoring, repairing, soothing and anti-aging.
$72.00
1.74oz | YK108
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Deliver intense hydration deep into the skin to reduce dryness and irritation.
$38.00
1.25oz | FC031
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With moisturizing active ingredients and repairing organic fair trade shea butter.
$34.00
6.7oz | CP149
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Bestselling Hibiscus and Fig Duo leaves skin hydrated, soft and smooth.
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AH262
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This botanical blend of oils work synergistically to increase hydration and discourage the aging process.
$125.00
1oz | RQ012
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Reveal a more youthful skin with a healthy glow by morning.
$85.00
1.7oz | BT154
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Protects and corrects the signs of aging for skin that is dry, sensitive or easily affected by everyday stressors.
$42.00
1.7oz | EX112
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A deeply hydrating serum that also combats free radical damage.
$82.00
1.7oz | SY171
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Get powerful anti-aging benefits without irritation.
$42.00
1.7oz | EX115
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A hydrating cream that leaves behind a dewy satin appearance.
$69.00
1.7oz | SY170
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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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A lightweight cream that helps to provide long term hydration to dry skin.
$69.00
1.7oz | SY169
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Instant complexion enhancing moisturizer illuminates and hydrates.
$65.00
1.7oz | BT155
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Tones and revitalizes eye contour for a more youthful look.
$55.00
0.5oz | BT156
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Argan Oil improves skin tone, eliminates cracked cuticles and adds luster to hair.
$28.00
2oz | RW002
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A lightweight, silky moisturizer that provides substantial hydration to dry skin.
$27.00
1.7oz | PN045
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