Skincare 101 Excessive Dryness
Lifestyle for Excessive Dryness
Dry skin, or xerosis, is no fun to deal with, and if you suffer from excessive dryness, chances are you deal with red, swollen, and itchy skin. Not only is that uncomfortable, but can be a little embarrassing, too, making you feel self-conscious.
So, what can you do to help combat excessive dryness? Sometimes the solution is as easy as changing some of your habits. Other times you need a little more help.
What Causes Dry Skin
The easy answer is that skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil. The skin's outer layer loses its ability to hold together and protect the inner layers beneath it. The inner layers, responsible for most of the skin's moisture, lose their water through the damaged skin barrier.
Sometimes relief can come just from avoiding the culprits that are causing it. These may include:
- Too much sunshine
- Long, hot baths or showers
- Cold air
- Harsh soaps
- Too much exfoliation
- Dry climate
The foods you eat, your drinking habits, and your skin care can come into play, too. Age is also a factor, as skin becomes thinner and drier as you get older. Researchers are now also saying that dry skin may be inherited. In addition, any number of medical conditions may be at fault here. Conditions like:
- Eczema (Atopic dermatitis)
- Ichthyosis vulgaris
Many of these offenders have one thing in common: inflammation, which can trigger certain skin conditions.
The Role of Inflammation in Dry Skin
Inflammation can be the result of exposure to something damaging like UV radiation, allergens, or contact with chemical irritants like soaps or hair dyes, or it can also be the direct result of a wound.
Inflamed skin is irritated skin, appearing in various ways like discoloration and with various sensations like itching, burning, and dryness.
Products for Excessive Dryness
Lack of hydration and/or moisture in the skin can come from many different situations. Environmental or genetic predisposition can cause skin to be dehydrated, dry or even excessively dry. The difference between dehydrated skin and dry or excessively dry skin has to do with lack of water OR lack of oil in the skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water and dry or excessively dry skin is lacking oil.
Dry skin is common and can occur at any age. In both cases, pH balanced skin is the key. One of topical probiotics' natural actions is to balance hydration levels of the skin. Because of this characteristic, using GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Skincare in a daily skin care routine gives an extra added advantage when these skin conditions arise. Along with our topical probiotics, we use active, targeted ingredients proven to help comfort, replenish and prevent future dry or excessively dry skin.
Below are GLOWBIOTICS product regimen suggestions for dry and excessively dry skin conditions:
- Cleanse AM & PM: Probiotic Revitalizing Cleanser
- Balance: Probiotic Brightening & Refining Layering Solution or Probiotic Instant Resurfacing Pads
- Treat AM: Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- Treat PM ONLY: Advanced Retinol Renewal Treatment Serum or Ultimate Youth Restoring Serum
- Hydrate AM/PM: for normal to dry skin: Probiotic Firming & Replenishing Lotion
- Hydrate AM/PM for drier and excessive dry skin: Probiotic Moisture Rich Replenishing Cream
- Prevent AM: Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB
- Eye Area AM/PM: Soothing + Revitalizing Eye Cream Anti-Wrinkle Illuminating Eye Cream
BOOST YOUR SKINCARE Regimen:
FOR EXTRA firming, hydration and volume…. apply Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/décolleté in the morning and/or the evening before you apply the treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
FOR EXTRA balance, soothing and radiance…. apply the Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil to face, neck and décolleté after you apply the morning treatment step OR mix directly into the morning hydrate step OR mixed with the Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB OR mixed with your liquid foundation!
FOR EXTRA calming, redness reduction and soothing…. apply the Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/or décolleté in the morning and/or evening before you apply treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
Tips for Excessive Dryness
Exfoliate your skin one to two times a week using ingredients which will not strip your skin! Removing that dead skin build up allows active ingredients to penetrate much easier. However, no need to over exfoliate your skin. Over exfoliation can lead directly back to tight dry and itchy skin.
Consistency is key! Use the products and follow your skin care regimens morning and night to yield the best results. These ingredients can only do their job if you use the products faithfully!
Consult with a professional skin care expert, such as a licensed esthetician. Estheticians have access to professional strength ingredients & professional protocols like chemical peels, which can offer you a custom plan of action needed for dehydrated, dry and excessively dry skin types.
Sometimes all it takes to alleviate dry skin is to provide it with some good TLC. Good skin care starts from within.
- Drink plenty of water to maintain a good level of hydration.
- Eat a well-balanced diet high in antioxidants to combat any inflammation.
- Include a daily dose of probiotics which introduce healthy bacteria into the gut, creating a barrier to reduce inflammation.
- Topical probiotics have a profound effect on the skin, as well. "Like dietary probiotics impact your stomach's biome, probiotic skin care products try to promote a healthy skin biome by influencing the types of bacteria that live on your skin," states board-certified dermatologist Janet Prystowsky, M.D. They have the ability to improve inflammatory skin conditions, strengthen the skin barrier, and provide anti-aging benefits.
- Take shorter showers using warm water instead of hot.
- Protect yourself from the sun by avoiding it altogether, covering up, or applying sunscreen.
- Employ gentle, soapless cleansers. Consider one that contains ceramides.
- Avoid products that include alcohol.
- Always immediately follow up with a moisturizer. Look for one that includes very nourishing ingredients like shea butter.
- Cover all exposed skin with SPF 30 sunscreen to add sun protection.
- Exfoliate judiciously. Seek a product that is gentle and provides added moisture.
- Run a humidifier in the winter when the air is dry.
- Avoid fragrances and try "hypoallergenic" laundry and cleaning products.
Diet for Excessive Dryness
Excessively dry skin is never any fun to deal with. It winds up being red, swollen, and itchy. The foods you eat, your drinking habits, and your skincare can come into play. Aside from a good quality skin care regimen that includes balancing probiotics, healing peptides, and hydrating hyaluronic acid, what you put into your body and how you take care of your skin are just as important when it comes to dry skin. Good skin care starts from within.
You’ll want to be sure you’re drinking plenty of water to maintain a good level of hydration. Eat a well-balanced diet high in antioxidants to combat any inflammation and include a daily dose of probiotics which introduce healthy bacteria into the gut, creating a barrier to reduce inflammation. You can find them in fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha. Reach for foods high in healthy fats and oils as well as antioxidants to add moisture and reduce inflammation, nourishing your skin from the inside, out. Your plate should contain plenty of:
Salmon and other Fatty Fish
At the same time, your dry skin could use all the help it can get, and that means avoiding foods that will sap its moisture. Stay away from salty foods, coffee, alcohol, sugar, and refined carbohydrates like white rice, bread, and pastas.