The Secondary Factors
Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the major offenders, I’ll walk you through the secondary factors that can contribute to having dry skin so you can watch out for hazardous skin conditions in your life. Once you’re aware of the potential dangers, you can take steps to minimize the harmful effects on your dry skin.
People tend to have fewer dry skin problems in humid environments. Less moisture in the air means less moisture for your skin to absorb. This is a factor few have control over, but it’s worth noting if you do indeed have the option of moving.
Keep in mind that allergies can irritate the skin. If you want to keep it healthy, then you’ll want to keep your allergies under control. If they aren’t, then don’t hesitate to see an allergist for some new ideas. Mine gave me two shots in each arm every week for five years… Better luck to you.
We tend to get most of our water from food, but be sure to remain hydrated. I don’t need to tell you what dehydration will do to your beloved skin. Also, make sure you have a well-balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables and nuts all have vitamins and minerals that are key to healthy skin. If you’re chowing down Snickers bars all the time, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Peasants didn’t have acne, but then again they didn’t have Snickers bars either.
Although you’d probably rather not do it at all, the best time to shave is directly after a shower. Make sure the blades are fresh. You don’t butcher cattle with dull blades, do you?
Sunlight is a healer or a killer. Too little isn’t enough, and too much can give you cancer. Limited exposure can absolutely be good for your skin, but wear sunscreen and be sure not to get burned. Good advice, that.
Living With Dry Skin
Dealing with dry skin can be a tough pill to swallow, but I hope I’ve granted you a bit of hope. It can be done, so long as you have the will to do it.
It’s important for you to create your own personal regimen based on what you’ve learned and follow it daily for best results. The idea is to keep your skin conditioned in such a way that it retains its outermost protective layer and more easily relieves itself of skin cells that have passed on to the afterlife. A break in the regimen can result in defenseless skin, and you’ll want to avoid that.
Be careful, be gentle, be vigilant, and be healthy! If you have questions or experiences of your own to share, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Best of luck,