It is often said that our skin is the our body’s first line of defence. When your skin signals to you that it needs to be taken care of, make sure you give it the attention it needs. Although the weather in Singapore is hot and humid, dry skin is a common skin condition that people get. Dry skin is characterised by small fine flakes and dry patches on your skin.
Excessive dryness can cause redness, cracking and even inflammation. In severe cases, dry skin may crack, allowing bacteria to enter, which may then lead to infections. Dry skin on your face have other undesirable consequences. If left untreated for a long time, dry skin is prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Severely dehydrated skin also leads to premature aging.
Why is my skin dry?
There is no single cause of dry skin. Some people are predisposed to the condition due to their inherited tendency. Some factors can include age, genetics, family history, history of other medical conditions. External factors that may cause dry skin include exposure to cold environment with low humidity, over-washing with harsh soap, overuse of skincare products with alcohol, and even medicines.
People on long-term medication may suffer from dry skin. Some medications cause dry skin by making your skin porous and leaky. Some common medications that cause dry skin are diuretics, Retin-A, and some cholesterol medication.
How do I care for dry skin?
People suffer from dry skin because the skin has low level of sebum production. If you have dry skin, it usually looks dull and patchy because of its inability to retain moisture. Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics shares with us some tips on how to care for dry skin.
Maintain Natural Oil
It is tempting to shower more often when your skin is dry. It may seem like a natural thing to do to wet your skin with water when it is dry. If you have severely dry skin, you should not shower than than once a day. Staying in the shower for too long can wash away your natural body oil. The biggest damage you can do to your dry skin is to shower more than you should.
Always apply moisturiser after your shower so that you lock in the moisture and replace any natural oils that you have lost.
Choosing the right moisturiser for your skin can be challenging especially when you have so many brands to choose from. Generally speaking, you should choose a heavier, oil-based moisturiser if your skin is cracking. If you have other skin issues which may be aggravated by the oil-based moisturiser, consult your doctor and discuss the options with him.
Use A Humidifier
Most of us sleep with our air conditioner switched on because of the warm, humid weather in Singapore. The air in a room powered by air-conditioner is usually cool and dry and exposing yourself to cool, dry air is a common cause of dry, cracked skin.
One easy way to replenish the moisture is to use a humidifier in your bedroom. Humidifiers also make it easier to breathe when you have a cold. Find a humidifier that can measure the humidity of the room. The ideal humidity level should be around 45% to 50%. Anything below 30% is considered dry and above 50% is considered high.
People who know me would know that I am a big fan of coconut oil. Coconut oil is so versatile that it can be used for cooking, reduce weight and belly fat, boost metabolism and even help in healthy growth of hair. But we are not discussing all that today.
Coconut oil is a natural compound and it eliminates all the unknown ingredients that go into your moisturiser that you buy from the store. It is cost-effective way and definitely safe. Coconut oil penetrates your skin better because of its low molecular weight. By doing so, it exerts its effectiveness as a moisturiser much better than most brands of moisturiser you can find.
Restylane Skinboosters Treatment
For the self-confessed lazybones like me, I swear by Restylane Skinboosters treatment. This treatment uses Restylane Vital Light, which is made of hyaluronic acid. This treatment involves administering micro-injections on your face. It is more effective than any moisturiser or treatment because it works from inside of your skin. Hyaluronic acid is injected into the dry areas just under the skin and create hydration from within.
Over the next few days after the treatment, you will see an improvement in your skin texture. Lines and pores will be reduced as your skin become hydrated and plump. As a result, you will become more radiant with luminous skin.
This treatment has the best, long-lasting effects if done over a program of 3 times with an interval of 4 weeks.
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