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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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.

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