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There are plenty of skin questions that revolve around types of dry skin, causes of dry skin, products for dry skin, and how to keep natural skin moisture in dry body areas. In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common dry skin questions.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRY SKIN?
Depending on your genetic makeup and the factors leading up to dryness, the different types of dry skin are:
Skin lacking moisture, due to decreased levels of natural moisturising factor (which binds water).
Skin lacking lipids, which are important to maintain the skin´s barrier function.
A combination of both.
WHICH AREAS OF THE BODY ARE MOST PRONE TO DRY SKIN?
The face and hands are particularly exposed to external factors, which makes them susceptible to dry skin. The shins and elbows often also display signs of dryness. These areas are exposed to mechanical stress, e.g. when the arm is bent or when jeans or other items of clothing rub against them. NIVEA Creme provides dry skin with rich moisture and can be used on your face, body and hands.
WHY IS MOISTURE SO IMPORTANT FOR THE SKIN?
Moisture is the basis for almost every biological process in our bodies. Important cell processes, such as the transportation of nutrients, are impossible without it. Water is one important factor in making our skin elastic and retaining natural skin moisture.
WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS CAUSE THE SKIN TO DRY OUT?
Your skin, especially the skin on your face, gets exposed to potentially damaging external factors daily. These factors include sun, wind, cold, low humidity, harsh soaps, certain detergents, and baths and showers that are too hot.
HOW TO DEAL WITH DRY SKIN THAT'S PEELING AND SUNBURNED?
Sunburn is a first-degree burn to the top layer of your skin. Once you’re burnt, you’re burnt, and the best thing you can do is stay out of the sun and apply a hydrating layer of NIVEA Sun After Sun Moisturising Lotion. Aloe vera and avocado oil will soothe your skin while it heals itself from any damage caused by UV rays.
DO RADIATORS AND HEATING CAUSE DRY SKIN?
Radiators and heaters dry out the air. If moisture is in the air, heating appliances may try to take it from your skin. You can increase the humidity by placing a bowl of water on your radiator.
Most water is in your skin’s deeper layers, and regulated by channels called aquaporins. The better the structure of your aquaporin network, the more moisture you can have in your skin. This is why looking after your skin is critical to maintaining moisture - it’s not enough to only drink water.
Always read the label and follow the directions of use. Sunscreens are only one part of sun protection. Avoid prolonged high-risk sun exposure. Reapply frequently.