" Skincare product layering is an effective way to keep dry skin at bay even during the cold winter season."
Skin is our first defense against harmful external elements including pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. Our skin tends to be drier with age. Dry skin causes tightness, itchiness and flakiness that weaken the skin's ability to protect our body. It significantly affects our health and wellbeing. What causes dry skin? How to prevent and take care of dry skin?
The Common Causes of Dry Skin
The sebum production in our skin is controlled by testosterone hormone. Men produce ten times or even higher testosterone than women. This is the reason why men tend to have oilier skin than women. The production of testosterone in men's and women's body declines with age. As a result, the older we get, the drier our skin will be.
Due to hormonal changes, menopausal and post-menopausal women often suffer from skin dehydration, dryness and pigmentation. The production of collagen, elastin and other skin components in the women's body is decreased during and after menopause. As a result, it weakens skin's barrier function. The skin of menopausal and post menopausal women is more prone to damage and ageing.
Poor eating habits and not drinking enough water can cause dehydration and dry out our skin. It is very important to make sure that we have a balanced diet and drink enough water throughout the day. Women need 2 litres of water a day while men need 2.5 litres of water a day.
3. External Factors
Cold temperature and low humidity can dry out our skin. More people suffer from dry skin in winter. Regular shaving and harsh chemicals in skincare and household products can dry out our skin too. Benzoyl Peroxide (found in some acne medications) is known to strip away the natural moisture and damage the barrier function of our skin.
Children and adults who are affected by eczema and psoriasis often suffer from dry skin. Also when we catch cold or flu, our skin tends to be drier than usual.
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How to Care for Dry Skin
1. Eat Healthy Fats
Not all fats are bad for our health. Healthy fats are good for our body and skin. Some fatty foods help promote healthy skin and prevent dryness such as:
- Fatty fish which is known as the best source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids help nourish our skin and strengthen its barrier function.
- Avocado which is rich in healthy fats that help prevent dry skin.
- Nuts. Like avocado, nuts contain healthy fats and vitamin E that help protect our skin from dryness and environmental damage.
2. Drink Water Frequently Throughout The Day
In general, adults need about 2 to 2.5 litres of water a day. The sources of water for our body can also be from foods such as fruits and vegetables. To have healthy skin, eat a great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. They contains antioxidants and vitamins that nourish our body and slow down the skin's ageing process.
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3. Skincare Product Layering
Skincare product layering is extremely good for dry skin. It is the effective way to keep dry skin at bay even during the cold winter season. My skincare product layering only consists of 2 essential steps. It is easy to do. Most importantly, it helps lock in the moisture for longer and makes skin look supple and radiant all year round.
Dry skin is often sensitive therefore use products that have been formulated for sensitive skin. First, apply a gentle yet effective face serum like Rose Gold Anti-Ageing Soothing Serum on freshly-cleansed skin. This hydrating serum has been formulated with 24-karat gold, niacinamide (vitamin B3), saccharide isomerate (extracted from plants), rose and blue chamomile flower extracts to calm, hydrate and strengthen sensitive skin. Studies showed that niacinamide and saccharide isomerate calm sensitive skin and boost skin's moisture levels for up to 72 hours.
After applying a face serum, mix 4 to 6 drops of Chamomile & Cacay Oil with a small amount of Rose Gold Anti-Ageing Soothing Cream in your palm then gently massage into the skin on your face and neck. Dry skin is particularly prone to signs of ageing such as wrinkles and lines. For best anti-ageing results, look for anti-wrinkle cream that contains 24-karat gold nanoparticles. Studies showed that nano gold particles penetrate deeper into the skin. They carry active ingredients, nutrients and oxygen to the deeper layers of the skin.
Rose Gold Anti-Ageing Soothing Cream has been specially formulated with 24-karat gold, niacinamide, saccharide isomerate, stabilised vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 to soothe, nourish and restore the youthfulness of the skin from within. Niacinamide boosts the production of collagen, elastin and other skin's proteins by up to 100%. Saccharide isomerate is known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 79.3%. Even more, you can apply Rose Gold Anti-Ageing Soothing Cream to diminish the signs of ageing around the eyes. Instead of using many different products, it is always better to invest in few high quality skincare products that you can rely on again and again.
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