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Best Skincare for Dry Skin

We know from first-hand experience how irritating dry skin and eczema can be. These are our favourite skincare products for dry skin


What causes dry skin?

Dry skin can be caused by a number of things such as:

  • Soap and detergent - the skin secretes sebum, natural oils that help to prevent your skin from drying out. When you wash your hands, these oils will also be washed off, which can cause you hands to become dry, sore or irritated. Frequent hand washing can cause contact dermatitis, which develops as a result of exposure to an irritant such as soap. When the skin is damaged like this, it can become less effective as a barrier to prevent infection so although it is important to wash your hands, it is also important to look after your hands after you've washed them.

  • Very hot or cold weather - hot weather can cause your skin to become dehydrated while in cold weather humidity is low which will also dry out our skin.

  • Hot water - just as how hot water helps to remove fat and oils from our dishes it will also strip our skin the natural lipids on its surface. These lipids are important for protecting the skin.


How can I prevent dry skin?

  • Use gloves when washing up - washing up liquid/dish detergent can be very harsh on the skin as it is designed to be able to remove thick layers of grease on dishes. The chemicals in washing up liquid are not designed to be used to wash hands so they can cause irritation. It is therefore important to wear gloves whilst washing up. Rubber washing up gloves should only be used for a short period of time as they are not breathable, which can cause a build-up of sweat which can cause worsen the irritation.

  • Use soap designed for dry hands - find a mild, fragrance-free soap. Like soap, perfumes used as a fragrance can be irritating and cause contact dermatitis so important to make sure that the hand wash you use does not contain any fragrance to reduce irritation as much as possible. It would be best if you looked for a soap designed specifically for dry hands which will include ingredients to moisturise the skin and prevent soreness.

  • Reduce the temperature of your shower - Taking a scorching hot shower can cause skin irritation and strip the oils from your skin.

  • Dry your hands thoroughly - After washing your hands or taking a shower, it is crucial to make sure you properly dry your skin. If you don't dry your skin, the water will have a drying effect as it will strip the skins natural oil when it evaporates. Leaving your skin moist can also provide a good environment for bacteria to multiply


Treating dry skin

The best way to dry hands is to use a fragrance-free moisturising cream. You should use a moisturising cream every time you wash and dry your hands. You can also carry travel size cream with you when you're out.

What moisturisers do we recommend to prevent/treat dry skin:

Avene XeroXalm A.D. Mositurising cream for very dry skin

CeraVe Mositurising cream for very dry skin

Sukin Hydrating Day cream for very dry skin


What cleansers do we recommend to prevent/treat dry skin:

Cleansing removes pollution, bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt and makeup from the surface of the skin which can make their way into the pores and cause inflammation. 

Although very irritating and uncomfortable, dry skin is not usually a serious condition however, if irritation persists despite your efforts to prevent it, please see a doctor.


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