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Dry Skin Be Gone!


dry-skin-be-gone-medihoney Coming into colder windy weather, many people find that the condition of their skin changes and becomes drier and more sensitive.

What causes Dry Skin?

Dry skin in autumn and winter is caused by a decrease in temperature and humidity in the environment, heat from central heating, air conditioners, open fires and wood burning stoves, having hot baths and showers in combination with using harsh soaps and detergents.

How does Dry Skin Occur?

Dry skin occurs when the outer layer, called the stratum corneum, loses water and dries out. When this layer is well-moisturised, it acts in a protective way to guard the skin against allergens, irritants and bacteria.

When it dries out, it leaves the skin exposed and vulnerable. While our skin continuously loses water due to evaporation, it is usually slowly enough that the water can be replaced easily.

Coming into winter, this is often not the case. Dry skin can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the hands, elbow creases and face.

Most people inherit the tendency towards drier skin but the normal changes associated with aging, such as the body’s decreasing ability to produce oil, sweat and other fatty substances, can also cause drier skin.

The skin cells also divide more slowly, leaving the skin thinner and slower to repair. Dry skin can be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so it is a good idea to mention it to your healthcare professional the next time you are getting a health check, particularly if it has begun suddenly.

Steps to alleviate Dry Skin

To combat dryness and keep your skin soft, supple and healthy, there are a few easy tricks that, starting in autumn, can see you through until the warmer months again.

  • Moisturise your skin every day. When you moisturise, you are placing a seal over the top of your skin to help to reduce the amount of water you are losing and to lock in the good oils. Moisturisers also help to replenish the moisture already lost and to keep your skin healthy. Medihoney® Natural Skintensive Cream uses rich plant butters to lock in water for sustained moisturisation. It contains medical grade Manuka honey to help soothe itchy and irritated skin and also has coconut and olive oils for hydration to improve skin condition and prevent extreme dryness and cracking. Moisturising should be done after every shower, while the skin is still slightly wet. This helps to seal in the moisture and condition the skin.
  • Use a soap-free wash to ensure dirt is removed gently, without stripping away oils in the skin. Medihoney® Natural Soap-Free Body Wash (only available from Comvita Australia online) uses medical grade Manuka honey, oat extract and a natural surfactant to gently clean and soothe dry, itchy skin.
  • When showering with your soap-free wash, keep the water temperature low and your time under the spray short. Long showers and baths remove oils from your skin, so limit your shower to 5 minutes and use warm, not hot, water.

If cracks and splits occur, use Medihoney® Antibacterial Wound Gel™, a sterile product that is clinically proven to support wound healing. Medihoney® Antibacterial Wound Gel™ has been tested in laboratories, used in homes and hospitals around the world, and is supported by over 130 clinical papers and case studies.

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