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If you know skincare well then you know that your skin is actually your biggest organ. Your skin has three functions: sensation, regulation, and protection. Everyone has a different skin type and falls into a certain skin category and one of them being dry skin.

If you experience dry skin your skin will usually feel rough and appear flaky. Some people are genetically disposed to having an underactive sebaceous gland which is what causes dry skin. So what does this mean exactly? Well, it means your skin is lacking moisture and oil. As well, it is lacking a protective barrier against outside factors such as the environment. All these things mentioned are what you need to have healthy-looking skin.

What else contributes to dry skin?

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Dry skin is considered to be a skin condition. As mentioned external factors such as your lifestyle and the environment will have an influence on dry skin. There are both internal and external elements that contribute to dry skin:

Internal Factors External Factors Environmental Stressors
The sebaceous glands that produce oil to lubricate the skin become less functional and this is why your skin becomes dry. This is caused by the natural process of aging.  A lifestyle factor that causes dry skin is not drinking enough water. This causes the skin to dehydrate. Too much sun exposure can cause your skin losing moisture which causes it to become tight.
When your skin lacks elasticity this is why your skin feels dry. This is also caused by the natural process of aging. Drinking too much alcohol and consistent use of certain medications. Cold windy conditions can cause your skin to dry out especially during winter. 
  Not consuming enough fatty acids can cause the skin to dry out and itch.  

 

 

What products can I use to help with dry skin?

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Here at Mederm Esthetics & Laser Clinic in Concord, we recommend using products from Environ. You can purchase Environ products directly from us, and we will recommend the best Environ products. In order to remedy your skin dry skin, you need to recharge your skin’s vitamin A-levels. Environ carries a product line that is called EssentiA Range. This product line contains products with vitamin A in them that will do wonders for your dry skin.

You also want to focus on products that will give your skin more moisture. Environ carries a product line that will also help with this. The Focus Care Moisture+ Range product line will help with giving your skin the hydration and moisture it needs. This product line will also provide moisture-enhancing benefits for skin that lacks hydration. The great thing about Environ products is that there is a product for every skin concern, and they organize all their product lines for different skin types and concerns.

When it comes to dry skin there are no shortcuts. If you want healthy-looking skin you have to follow the right skin regime and use the right products. You can transform your skin into beautiful and radiant skin and gain the confidence you deserve.

Is dry skin considered to be a type of sensitive skin concern?

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Dry skin is associated as one of the four types of sensitive skin issues. The other types of sensitive skin issues are allergic sensitivity, breakout-prone sensitivity, and heat-activated sensitivity. Some other facts that cause dry skin are also when you are travelling by plane, the change of season (specifically fall to winter usually) using products that contain fragrance in them or products that are too rough on the skin.

As well, some products that are catered towards treating acne can cause dry skin, so it’s important that you don’t apply too much and not apply it every day if it is causing too much dryness. Lastly, you want to remember to not exfoliate your skin too much with acids.

What skincare routine for dry skin should I include?

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Having a skincare routine means there will be multiple steps to maintaining healthy-looking skin. For dry skin it is recommended to follow this routine:

  • Use a hydrating cleanser. Buy a gentle cleanser that will leave your skin feeling clean and hydrated. You want to avoid your skin feeling tight.
  • Then use a hydrating toner.
  • Then a hydrating serum.
  • Then use a moisturizer
  • Lastly, apply sunscreen.