Sebum is the natural oil that is produced by skin glands. When your skin has a low level of sebum, your skin would manifest that it cannot hold moisture, looked parched and feel tight when washed.
In some extreme cases, it can show some signs of chapping and cracking. The wind at times that carry a very high temperature during summer and low temperature during winter can take out the natural moisture and make your skin dull.
Dry skin sometimes, can cause embarrassing flakes and its dullness is usually manifested on the knees, hands, cheeks and near the eyes.
Though most common cause of dry skin is due to insufficient moisture from sebum, there are some cases that it is attributed to genetic conditions.
There are also environmental causes like direct exposure, to the sun, cold weather, cosmetics, chemicals and the wind. Others is due to poor diet, especially if the food you take are vitamins A and B deficient, that is more likely to take away the skin’s moisture.
Skin diseases like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea are causes of dry skin. It can be a result also of other conditions like diabetes and hypothyroidism and the use of certain drugs like diuretics, antispasmodics, and antihistamines.
Dry skin is also going to need a lot of easy cleansing, massage to stimulate the sebum production and a lot of quality in moisture and oil. When you are washing your skin with soap it will take out the natural protective oil along with the dirt.
Use of a good moisturizer will return lost water content to the skin. You can use neutral not acidic or alkaline products for washing the skin and abstain from using commercial soaps. After the second cleansing you need to treat the skin lightly with moisturizing cream.
Once you have taken a bath or shower, you can apply baby oil over the skin. The area that is around the eyes needs to have a bigger application of the oil. You can also massage your face and apply some homemade remedies that are suggested by dermatologist.
Every morning you should treat your skin with a spray of mineral water. You should then apply some beauty mask for dry skin and mix together one egg, teaspoon of honey, half teaspoon of olive oil and a couple drops of rose water. This makes a great mask to use on your face and body.
Eating a good balanced diet that is loaded with vitamins and minerals is a great idea. You should include some sulfur containing foods like onion, garlic, asparagus, and eggs as part of your diet. You can eat more carrots and yellow and orange vegetables.
You should refrain from alcohol, caffeine, coffee, tea, and sugary drinks. Other items to limit are French fries, and other junk food that are high in grease or fat. This will help to keep your skin healthy and stop it from drying out.