Dry Skin Care

Written by Anmy Leuthold
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Dry skin care relies on a balance of both moisture and oil, which is very important for attractive and healthy skin. Moisture is the water present inside the skin cells, and comes to the cells through the blood stream. It is the water in the skin cells that keeps them plumped up, healthy, and youthful looking. Oil is secreted by the sebaceous glands and lubricates the surface of the skin. There must be enough moisture in the skin cell but there must also be enough oil to act as a shield, preventing too much evaporation of moisture from the skin's top layers.

There are actually two types of dry skin: complex dry skin and simple dry skin. Complex dry skin lacks both oil and moisture, and is characterized by brown spots, fine lines, enlarged pores, discolorations, and sagging skin. It is normally associated with aging. Simple dry skin comes about from a lack of natural oils. The reason for this lack of oil varies. Women under the age of 35 are affected with this condition.

Dry Skin Care for a Smooth, Healthy Look

Dry skin tends to be dull looking, even flaky and scaly, and readily increases wrinkles and fine lines. It normally feels uncomfortable and tight after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is used. Rough skin is probably primarily a genetic condition, but may be caused by environmental factors such as exposure to wind, sun, chemicals, cold, or cosmetics, or even excessive bathing with harsh soaps. It can also be caused by a poor diet or lack of the right nutrients.

Exfoliate regularly, as a part of your dry skin care. It helps to accelerate the shedding and flaking process, by taking off the dead layer of cells. This exposes the more translucent and finer tissue underneath, by removing the top layer of dead epidermis cells. As a result, you will make your skin look less wrinkled and dry, and look much smoother. Do this habitually, followed by applying a moisturizing cream, if you want your skin to look radiant, healthy, and smooth as silk.

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