Dry Skin Problems: Dry Air

Dry skin problems may often be the result of exposure to dry air. The air’s humidity may vary according to the season or the environment you live in. Heaters can dry the air and may affect the skin. Dry air can be avoided and to prevent dry skin, you may also use moisturizing creams.

Seasons with Dry Air

Winter is the season when the skin is exposed to dry air, and it may be particularly flaky and dry. The skin may also get dry during the winter due to the use of heaters. However, there are also days in other seasons that may be particularly dry. The air humidity can fluctuate around the year, depending on your geographical location. You may check weather forecast websites to find out the percentage of the air humidity.

Air Humidity

The humidity of the air is important for the well being of the skin. The air humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. This may be measured with a hygrometer or a humidistat. The humidistat is typically incorporated in a dehumidifier. Air humidity that is below 30% may contribute to the dryness of the skin.

Avoiding Dry Air

In addition to the dry atmosphere that is specific to certain seasons, there are also other environments that can have dry air. Environments that make use of heaters or fans can have dry air. Consequently, you should avoid using heaters or fans in excess. If you use these, you should get an air humidifier and make sure to keep the humidity of the air above 30%.

Certain types of saunas have dry air, so if you fancy saunas, you have to make sure you go to saunas that are wet or use different oils that will humidify the atmosphere.

Moisturizing Creams

Regardless of the dryness or humidity of the air, you will need to moisturize. During dry air seasons, you will need to moisturize more. Get a regular moisturizer cream or petroleum jelly and avoid creams that contain too many synthetic ingredients or fragrances. If your skin is very dry, you can opt for baby oil, which is more beneficial and locks in the moisture if used properly.

You should apply the moisturizer cream or baby oil once per day, after you take a shower or a bath. Don’t dry the skin and apply the cream, so that you preserve the moisture. Allow the cream to be absorbed by the skin, and then you can pat the skin dry. Never rub the skin with a towel, as this procedure will eliminate the essential skin oils, leaving the skin dry.

Some dermatologists recommend fewer showers and no baths to people with dry skin, especially during seasons with dry air. However, recent studies have shown that a daily shower is recommended and will not harm the skin.

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