Your skin may feel tight and painful; it might look dull or red or flaky. This can be uncomfortable and even maddening. Then the itchiness you feel like you are infested with fleas.
Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty
substances. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple.
One of the biggest problems people have with dry skin is from their soap! Commerical soap can quickly strip away your skin's protective oils. Most people choose unwisely when we're in the soap aisle of the supermarket. We go for harsh soaps that generate lots of lather and leave us feeling squeaky clean. "Those bubbles and all that lathering from soap removes the oils from the surface of the skin and dries it out."
For dry skin care, look for milder, gentle cleansing lotion with out harsh chemials and perfumes. (Unscented does not mean perfume free)
If you've been dealing with dry skin, you've probably already tried a moisturizer -- if not dozens. But while moisturizers are a crucial part of dry skin care, experts say that we don't always apply them very well. Or even right. You have to put on moisturizer when your skin is still damp. You've also got to get the moisturizer for your skin type.
Look for a gentle creme facial moisturizers and body lotions
that have no perfumes, mineral oil, petrolatum, Lanolin, or drying alcohols.