Ordinary dry skin (xerosis) usually isn't serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles.

Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled.

These include:

  • Weather. In general, your skin is driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet.
  • Winter conditions also tend to make many existing skin conditions worse.
  • Central heating and air conditioning. Central air and heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity and dry your skin.
  • Hot baths and showers. Frequent showering or bathing, especially if you like the water hot and your baths long, breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin. So does frequent swimming, particularly in heavily chlorinated pools.
  • Harsh soaps and detergents. Many popular soaps and detergents strip lipids and water from your skin. Deodorant and antibacterial soaps are usually the most damaging, as are many shampoos, which dry out your scalp.

Other factors of dry skin, including certain diseases, can significantly alter the function and appearance of your skin.

These include:

  • Psoriasis. This skin condition is marked by a rapid build-up of rough, dry, dead skin cells that form thick scales.
  • Thyroid disorders. Hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your thyroid produces too little thyroid hormones, reduces the activity of your sweat and oil glands, leading to rough, dry skin.
  • Alcohol, drugs and nicotine. Alcohol and caffeine can visibly dry your skin. Prescription drugs such as diuretics, antihistamines and isotretinoin (Roaccutane) also have a drying effect. The nicotine found in tobacco constricts blood vessels which decreases blood flow and oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin cells. The result? Dull, lifeless skin with grey undertones.
  • Dehydration. One of the first signs of dehydration is skin that has lost its elasticity. When you become dehydrated, your skin loses its fullness and natural glow. Make it a practice to drink six to eight glasses of water a day to keep skin tissues well hydrated. Avoid excessive alcohol which can promote fluid loss and contribute to the problem of dull, lifeless skin.
  • Dry skin with ageing, the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) begins to thin, causing the junction with the dermis (inner layer) to flatten. Sun Damaged Skin also has a thicker epidermis (keratin), which is "dead" and irregular. There is increased water loss from the skin and a decrease of the sebaceous glands, which provides natural moisture to the skin. Your skin gets about 10% drier every decade. While oil production decreases, the lipid barrier of skin, which traps and holds in moisture, becomes increasingly defective over time. With ageing you've got a double whammy of less moisture production and less ability to hold moisture in the skin.

Home prescriptives include:

  • Switch to a light cleansing cream rather than a soap which strips the skin of its natural oils.
  • Always apply moisturizer immediately after facial cleansing to allow it to be maximally absorbed.
  • Moisturizers which provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping.
  • If your skin is extremely dry, you may want to apply oil, while your skin is still moist. Oil has more staying power than moisturizers do and prevents the evaporation of water from the surface of your skin.
  • Home prescriptives such as AHAs, PHAs particularly Lamelle barrier repair cream, NeoStrata Bionic and Biohydrating cream, Serra from Lamelle Skin CeuticalsTriple Lipid Restore are recommended to hydrate the skin.
  • Any creams containing Hyaluronic acid and Shea Butter such Dermaheal Ultra moisturiser, Luminesce Brighter Day and Evening Glow.
  • The following is a list of skin care ingredients that moisturise and hydrate the skin: ajuga turkestanica, aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, ceramide, cholestrol, colloidal oatmeal, dexpanthenol, dimethicone, evening primrose oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, shea butter.
  • The following is a list of skin care ingredients to AVOID due to drying: alcohol if it is listed among first seven ingredients, cleansers that foam vigorously, and fragrance.

Skin Renewal Tip

A perfect antidote to dry skin in the winter months is: the Anti Ageing Hydrating Facial which is a three-in-one treatment and is exciting everyone who uses it. It's versatile, suits everyone and leaves skin tighter, younger fresher and more hydrated.

  • It starts with microdermabrasion using fine crystals to polish away surface debris.
  • Next, Mesotherapy and/or transdermal mesotherapy pushes the latest in anti ageing technology Growth factors, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid deep into the dermis. The Growth Factor and Peptides signal the cells that produce collagen to switch on and the hyaluronic acid gives instant hydration to the skin as it pulls in water.
  • It's very good at encouraging lymphatic drainage and reviving lifeless and neglected skin but the best results come down the line when the results of collagen production begin to manifest.

Reviews

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*Please note results may vary by individuals.
Review -Mesoglow best facial ever
Reviewed on 26 June 2018 by Nthuthuko Chauke

Laurita is truly the best therapist! She gave me the most amazing facial ever. Worth every cent! Very gentle and passionate about her work and client needs. The head massage sent me straight to the clouds! Thank you so much.

Review -Excellent service and advice
Reviewed on 15 June 2018 by Vidhantha Gareeb

Appreciate the assistance and gladly looking forward to my treatment sessions with Skin renewal.

Review -Wonderful Therapy
Reviewed on 14 June 2018 by Zaheed Peer

Helen was incredible. Absolutely gentle, but effective. A great feeling during and afterwards.

Review -Dermapen Treatment
Reviewed on 12 June 2018 by Anonymous

Helen did a fantastic job. She explained the treatment. She is always friendly. She is brilliant at what she does.

Review -Facial and Back Massage
Reviewed on 12 June 2018 by Brenda Holliday

A very pleasant experience. Very professional and highly recommended. Absolutely fantastic.

Review -Awesome Therapy session
Reviewed on 11 June 2018 by Tuktu Thawisap

Feels like a therapy session, which is how it should always feel. Lovely ladies. Definately will keep coming back to the lovely service.

Review -Always Pleasant
Reviewed on 10 June 2018 by Mankonna Nhlebela

Always so pleasant, friendly and absolutely informative about the treatment I'm doing. I look forward to my treatments everytime and I am seeing such great results.

Review -Amazing Massage
Reviewed on 8 June 2018 by Asheen Bhagwandin

The massage was brilliant. Very therapeutic and relaxing. I feel so much less stressed. Thank you.

Review -Excellent service from Bedfordview
Reviewed on 2 June 2018 by Casey David

I have been coming to Rene from Skin Renewal in Bedfordview for 6 months now and my experience has been truly fantastic. All the treatments are explained to you, and the products used are amazing. Rene is very professional and will highly recommend her.

Review -Excellent treatment and experience
Reviewed on 4 April 2015 by Mrs G P Stellenbosch

Sammy, from Skin Renewal Stellenbosch, has been an excellent therapist. She has suggested new treatments and has been excellent. She is very professional and has a friendly personality. Altogether a very good experience, You will see me again!

Review -Dry Feet
Reviewed on 3 April 2015 by Anita Geldenhuys

Esther het my voete gedoen en meer. Sy is so profesioneel en tog so menslik en sag. Ek sal nooit weer n ander instansie gebruik nie en sal verseker vir haar aanbeveel. Sy was stunning en so ook my treatment.

Review -Highly Recommended!
Reviewed on 18 November 2014 by Miss N. M.

Idalia is one of the best therapists I have been to. She is always soo caring and does the best Ever Facials! I can highly recommend her!

Review -Polite & Courteous staff
Reviewed on 6 November 2014 by Leigh-Anne Cronjé

The overall experience at Skin Renewal Constantia is always pleasant and professional. The staff, from front desk to therapists, are polite and courteous. I have my Waxing, Manicure & Pedicure with Chevaun, who is a brilliant therapist.

Review -I really feel very spoilt!
Reviewed on 31 October 2014 by Alida Bergman

All treatments are done in a beautiful salon. A relaxing experience every time and I really feel very spoilt. Treatments are performed very professionally and personal attention is of great importance to my therapist, Lizanne.

Review -Knowledge and skill is outstanding!
Reviewed on 30 October 2014 by Anonymous

My therapist is an exceptional competent therapist with a great "Bedside Manner". Her knowledge and skills are outstanding and I look forward to seeing positive results with my skin, in her capable hands!

Review -Amazing facial
Reviewed on 24 September 2014 by S. M from Skin Renewal Parkhurst

I found my experience amazing. The therapist was very nice and informative. The environment in which I had my facial was relaxing and tranquil. Overall I will definitely be coming back.

Review -Therapy-Mind and Body
Reviewed on 22 September 2014 by Anonymous

Skin Renewal Fourways is outstanding friendly faces all the time. Personalized care by both Doctors and therapist. Looking for the best therapist .........BEV! but all the others also good.

Review -Ongelooglike raad en profesionele advies
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by Anonymous

Ek is baie tevrede met die diens en kwaliteit van die terapeute by Skin Renewal Stellenbosch. Tot dusver het ek ongelooflike raad en profesionele advies oor velsorg en ander verwante kwesies gekry. Dit was geen moeite vir die personeel om die "ekstra myl" te gaan en 'n sms te stuur ood presies wanneer ek 'n produk moet gebruik of wanneer daar afslag of promosies is nie. Ek is baie tevrede

Review -Sufficient & Informative!
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by Anonymous

Ilona is very sufficient and informative and friendly. I always look forward to my next treatment with her.

Review -Bev is the best!
Reviewed on 14 September 2014 by LW from Skin Renewal Fourways

From thinking I knew what was best for my face/skin, Bev has completely turned it around for the better!

Review -Well trained and professional!
Reviewed on 14 September 2014 by Linda Smit

Landa is very professional and well trained. I'm very happy with her service. Reception is also very friendly and professional at Skin, Body & Health Renewal Irene.

Review -One of the best
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Zanele Mokoena

My therapist is one of the best. Always updating me on new products and helping me with which treatment to use to improve my cellulite and skin. I'm grateful to be treated by her every week. She is kind and very patient with her clients. Treats everyone special. I love her.

Review -Professionalism that is unsurpassed!
Reviewed on 6 September 2014 by Anonymous

Tammy's level of professionalism is unsurpassed!

She is an asset to Skin Renewal (Stellenbosch) and sets a very high service standard - the results from her treatments speak for them self!

Review -Love coming here...
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Anonymous

Lovely serene environment with friendly and expert advice. Great treatments with outstanding results. Love coming here!

Review -Fantastiese diens!
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by Anonymous

Baie dankie Tammy vir jou fantastiese diens! My vel voel fantasties na die facial en die produkte wat jy voorgestel het laat my vel sommer baie beter voel. Ek waardeer jou professionele diens.

Review -Professional
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by Katy Taplin

My therapist is knowledgeable and professional and makes one feel relaxed and at ease. Very impressed with treatment results so far.

Review -Ontspanne en goeie behandelings
Reviewed on 28 August 2014 by Anonymous

Tammy is 'n baie toegewyde en verantwoordelike terapeut wat haar werk met erns doen. Dit is altyd 'n ontspanne en goeie behandeling by haar.

Review -She has a passion for her job
Reviewed on 6 August 2014 by Harold Chetty

I wish to place on record my sheer delight regarding the warmth, friendly and caring manner in which Nicola played an integral role. Needless to say she has passion for her job. I am an international traveler whom may miss a treatment due to the nature of my job but I will always return to Skin Renewal Willowbridge. Well done Nicola and the Skin Renewal Team at Willowbridge. You guys rock, always a pleasure to visit and meet pleasant and polite people. KEEP IT UP!!! :)

Review -Excellent! Attention to detail & client care
Reviewed on 5 August 2014 by Jarique Pretorius

I had my Birthday facial yesterday - being a therapist myself, I'm very 'picky'.....I was pleasantly surprised - my therapist did an excellent treatment,good strong hands. Very good attention to detail+clientcare (receiving a scalp massage while mask was on). Thanx very much!!

Review -Julle bied DIENS
Reviewed on 25 July 2014 by Anonymous

Ek wil net dankie se dat jul my tegemoed kom met my e-mails. Dis regtig moeilik om deur die dag te bel. Jul bied regtig DIENS en dit is awesome!”

Review -Fantastic Facial
Reviewed on 23 July 2014 by Anonymous

I had a fantastic facial (peel and laser) with my therapist, after I saw the medical doctor. I live in London, and although the dr gave me the name of a similar place in London, I have misplaced her note. London has too many choices and not a clue which one would be worth visiting or which would be half as good as your clinic. Thank you!

Review -Service was impeccable, compliments to Susan
Reviewed on 22 July 2014 by Anonymous

A few days ago I had a facial with Susan. I must say that she was so nice and friendly, the service was impeccable and I really enjoyed the facial. Compliments to you and your staff, especially Susan.

Review -Lizanne is Amazing - Thank you
Reviewed on 14 July 2014 by Anonymous

Thank you so much for the gift vouchers, and for the treat today. And, please thank Lizanne from me. She is amazing. I love her treatments, and she is so kind and caring!

Review -Wonderful and professional treatment
Reviewed on 9 July 2014 by Helena de Kock

For my birthday present from Skin Renewal I chose the facial. I expected a quick, rushed procedure, (seeing that it's for free), but how wrong can one be! Helette Swart walked the extra mile - as she always does - and gave me a wonderful and professional treatment. Always such a nice experience to go to her and the clinic in Willowbridge.

Review -'n Middag vol verrassings en bederf
Reviewed on 30 June 2014 by Cecile Victor

Baie baie dankie vir die heerlike gesigbehandeling wat jy Donderdag vir my gegee het.

Dit was ‘n middag vol verrassings: pragtige salon, die heerlike-heerlike gesigbehandeling, om met jou kennis te maak. Dit was ‘n groot voorreg om só vir my verjaarsdag bederf te word. Voorwaar ‘n middag van lekker ontspan en bederf wat ek vir lank sal onthou!

Nogmaals baie dankie!

Review -Friendly, yet professional service
Reviewed on 4 June 2014 by Annemarie de Lange

I would like to make use of this opportunity to thank Skin Renewal Irene and it’s staff for the wonderful service they give and for still caring about their clients.

Landa from the Irene branch have been my therapist for the past few months and it is always like meeting up with a good friend when going to see her. She walked the extra mile with assisting me with my skin problems. She is always so friendly, yet professional, with just enough of a personal touch to remind you that she cares.

Thank you Skin Renewal Irene and more specifically Landa for still caring!!

Review -Expect me to come back soon!
Reviewed on 16 May 2014 by Angela Alchin

Excellent Service! Received professional and friendly service from Tammy and felt comfortable at all times. It was a real treat compared to previous salons. Expect me back soon!

Thanks

Review -All my symptoms have improved with IV treatments
Reviewed on 14 May 2014 by Vanessa Welke

Vanessa is a project manager who suffered “burn-out” after managing the new extension to a casino. “I was taking Glucophage (diabetes medication) because I was heading towards Type II diabetes. Dr sent me for blood tests, and formulated a cocktail of vitamins and supplements." “I did a course of IV treatments, twice a week, and in April and May, I had only three IV treatments. I no longer have to take insulin and everything has improved. My hormones are stable, my skin texture is great and I sleep very well for a change.”

Review -Great Facial, best hands in the business
Reviewed on 1 May 2014 by Pat Roberts

Great facial from Liesl - the best hands in the business. My skin is truly renewed!

Review -Illovo is convenient, with caring therapists
Reviewed on 23 April 2014 by Sandy Roberts

Illovo is very conveniently situated, good access to parking and easy access.

The treatments I had that day were: Aromatherapy massage Bikini wax (therapist extremely gentle) Nimue facial Pedicure

All these treatments were well conducted and the therapist caring and would not hesitate to ask for her again!

Review -Exceeding Customer expectation at Brooklyn
Reviewed on 16 April 2014 by Luzane van Rooyen

Ag my liewe vriendin, baie dankie vir jou commitment to excellent customer service. You are an asset to Skin Renewal. Baie dankie vir jou en die hele Team by Brooklyn: Andrea, Mia, Laruscha, Louise, Chantelle, jammer indien ek enige iemand vergeet het. Julle is almal baie profesioneel en baie vriendelik. You guys always exceed customer expectation at BROOKLYN SKIN RENEWAL.

Review -Holiday in Stellenbosch
Reviewed on 18 December 2013 by Jo-Anne de Bruin

While visiting Stellenbosch on our December vacation in 2013 we had the utmost pleasure of meeting and being treated by one of the Skin Renewal Stellenbosch therapists, Tammy. Already mesmerized by the picturesque town and the enchanting history, our holiday couldn't get any better until visiting Skin Renewal. To receive such professional help, taking our idea of treatment to a new level as we felt like royalty, somewhat scarce in the times we live in. We can't wait for our next holiday and to visit Skin Renewal again. Tammy is highly recommended as we absolutely felt that she personified the type of service one would expect from such an establishment.

Review -Natural results: my face never looked better
Reviewed on 5 December 2013 by Anonymous

I would like to give some feedback about Dr. Graham. I normally get my botox and fillers in Zürich, I have been at both of the most famous plastic surgeons who do these kind of treatments. Also had some in Milan, Italy, so had some experience at one of the best clinics. I have to say that Dr. Graham is very professional, even the way he does the treatments. My husband is against these kind of injections but he told me yesterday that my face 'never looked better'. I am very happy with the natural result which really could not be better.

Review -Excellent service: highest standard I've ever experienced
Reviewed on 13 February 2013 by S B

I would like to compliment Brooklyn Skin Renewal, especially Chantel. The facility is always sparkling clean and the atmosphere is relaxing. The staff is always friendly and very professional and on time. Chantel is an awesome therapist, she is knowledgeable about the products and the treatments. The way she handles me and do the treatments are of the highest standard I ever experienced. I will definately recommend Skin Renewal Brooklyn. Looking forward to my next treatment!

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