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 -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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