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If you’re someone who experiences dry skin, you’re not alone. A 2019 survey found that 60 percent of Americans suffer from “winter skin syndrome” — with over 40 percent suffering from itchy skin.
Dry skin is a common condition, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. From cracking to itching, once your skin no longer retains enough moisture, symptoms can become rather uncomfortable.
Although there are many ways to treat dry skin, moisturizers are the most effective. Acting as a barrier between the dry, cold air and your skin, moisturizers will protect and revitalize.
Ready to take back control of your skin health? Here’s what you need to know!
Most often, dry skin is a direct result of changes in temperature and humidity.
Dry skin can occur any time of the year, with some individuals being more susceptible than others. However, the dry months, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, often lead to red, itchy skin. This is caused by cold air with low humidity levels. Since your epidermis (the outer layer of your skin) adapts to the humidity levels that surround it, water content is lost, and dry skin results.
In contrast, hot climates can increase water loss from your body and when dehydration occurs, your skin can suffer the consequences, feeling both dry and itchy.
Which means everyone will experience dry skin at some point — and when you do, it’s all about moisturization.
Before we talk about how to moisturize your skin, it’s important to highlight the ways in which moisturizers work. The first step towards combating dry skin is to rehydrate the top layer and seal in moisture.
This is achieved through three key ingredients:
Since emollients can contain a lot of oil, they too can be classified as occlusive agents.
Not all moisturizers are created equal. Those designed to moisturize your skin often contain both water and oil. However, they should not be watery. They should also contain ingredients that help restore and revitalize your skin.
Helping your skin stay more hydrated and supple starts with a greater awareness of skin health. Taking the time to educate yourself on the importance of skin hydration, as well as the best product to assist your efforts, can make all the difference.
Here are some tips to help you achieve the healthiest skin possible:
Depending on the season, you may need to switch up your approach, as well as the products you use. For example, a quality lotion may be great in the summer, but during the winter months, you may need something a little extra, like All Good Goop or All Good Skin Food.
Moisturizers are your first line of defense. They are also a great proactive solution, minimizing your risk of dry or worsening skin. With that being said, you can also do the following:
At All Good, we create products that are free from nasty chemicals, plant-based, ethical, and reef-friendly! This means that they’re nontoxic, kid-friendly, environmentally safe, and human safe. Hooray!
In addition to our extensive body care line, which includes sunscreens and sanitizers, we have developed a skincare collection that includes lotions, balms, and oils. Made using certified organic, non-GMO, and paraben-free ingredients, you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your skin good!
Learn more about some of our top natural skin ingredients here.