Treatment for Dry, Ashy Skin: The Best Emollients
Ever wonder why some women seem to suffer from dry, ashy skin more than others? For most of my life I have suffered from facial dryness, characterized by dry, white blotches or patches. I first noticed them during puberty, and they were especially prominent during the cold winter months. The lower the temperatures, the blotchier my face became.
Ever wonder why some women seem to suffer from dry, ashy skin more than others? For most of my life I have suffered from facial dryness, characterized by dry, white blotches or patches. I first noticed them during puberty, and they were especially prominent during the cold winter months. The lower the temperatures, the blotchier my face became. Although other parts of my body also suffered dryness (my hands, elbows, knees and feet) my face is what truly bothered me. The blotches are most noticeable around my mouth and cheeks.
While I am thankful that I don’t suffer from eczema or psoriasis, these blotchy symptoms have been quite annoying. They ruin my appearance and have caused me much embarrassment. When we don’t look good, we tend to be self-conscious and other people can sense this. So what should I do about this annoying dilemma? How can I rid myself of these embarrassing patches, once and for all, and finally experience beautiful skin?
Determined to find a solution, I began doing some research. Before I began my search I knew that moisturizers and emollients would help, but I needed to know which ones were the best, especially regarding my particular situation. I decided that once I found answers, I would share my findings with other women who were suffering similar situations.
My research uncovered some important truths, some of which I had forgotten. First, the harsh winds and often extremely cold temperatures of winter, coupled with the effects of indoor heating, tends to dry out our skin. Additionally, the use of very hot water for our baths or showers can also lead to dry, ashy skin conditions. According to a leading dermatologist, winter dry skin can be prevented by maintaining the proper moisture level in our outer skin layer. In addressing this problem, Dr. Marcy L. Street suggests ‘using a room humidifier, while we sleep to maintain the air’s moisture balance.’
Dr. Street also suggests that because our bodies primarily consists of water, we should drink plenty of it to keep our skin properly hydrated. The 8 glasses a day recommendation not only applies in the summer, but during the winter months, as well. This is especially true when we are physically active (ie. exercising or performing household tasks). By keeping our bodies hydrated with water, we can maintain healthier, more radiant skin tones.