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Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall – dry and itchy skin can attack at any time during the year and make your life miserable. Although many cases of dry skin can be traced to environmental factors and changes in the weather, some skin conditions can be chronic health problems. Banish the itchy dryness today in a few easy steps!

Why Does My Skin Feel So Dry?

Dry skin is the result of less moisture in the skin cells. Low humidity can wreak havoc on skin that is already prone to dryness but everyone can fall victim to dry skin at some point in their lives. Other causes include frequent exposure to water (especially hot water) as this breaks down the lipid barrier in skin, harsh soaps, sun exposure, psoriasis and thyroid disorders.

Should I Worry?

Dry skin is more than just a mild annoyance. Although the itching and flaking can be enough reason to seek a treatment, here is one more: cracked skin can give bacteria the entrance it wants to get into your body. As the skin dries out tiny cracks form, especially on the hands and this leads to breaks. Some people may experience extremely severe cracks that cause bleeding, pain and discomfort. These cracks are much like a cut and need to be taken care of immediately before becoming infected. Your skin is your body’s best defense against disease and you don’t want to take it for granted!

What Can I Do?

If you have suffered from dry skin in the past, you probably know that most basic over the counter moisturizers have little long term effect on this problem. Some people may apply moisturizers continually throughout the day and still suffer from this problem. A thick moisturizer, alcohol free, is an important step in the defense against dry skin. Thin and runny lotions will do little to “seal in” the moisture your skin so desperately needs. If you are not sure, put your lotion to the test. Squeeze a nickel sized amount in your palm and then turn your hand sideways – if the lotion runs or drops off entirely, it’s the wrong lotion.

Final Thoughts

Dry skin is a common problem that affects millions of people each year. Keeping a daily skin routine that includes a high quality moisturizer specifically designed to target dry skin will go a long way towards rectifying this problem. Avoid dry environments and invest in a humidifier for the home. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially in regards to skin care. It is always simpler to take preventative action rather than needing to repair significant damage.

 

 

 
 
 
 

SUNSummer is here and so are lazy days on the beach, outdoor trips and swimming. All of these are fun activities but taking the proper steps to protect your skin and still enjoy the sunshine is important to prevent serious damage. The effects of the sun on your skin can have immediate and long term effects on your overall health. You’re never too young to begin a skin care regimen to prevent potential damage.
 
What Kind of Damage Can Happen?
 
Short term and long term effects of damage to the skin from increased sun exposure can be seen early on. Damage does not merely occur from prolonged time in the sun, frequent short trips can cause just as much damage over time. Outwards signs of damage include wrinkles, freckling, discoloring of the skin and development of moles. Long term exposure can lead to more significant health problems such as the development of skin cancer (which can be fatal) and impairing the immune system and ability to fight disease. The amount of sun absorbed by the skin can lower the body’s natural ability to fight many of the problems associated with sun exposure because it negatively impacts a skin cells normal functioning.  
           
Keep Your Skin Safe:
 
The use of sunscreen is an efficient and simple way to prevent damage from occurring before it begins. According to Belle Tuckerman, our founder, it is best to use a full spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, this will need to be reapplied frequently throughout the day or after certain activities such as swimming to main full effectiveness. Search for a sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays to ensure the best protection.
 
A broad spectrum SPF Sunscreen can be used in place of a full spectrum but remember to apply more frequently to maintain protection levels all day long. Always follow all product directions regarding use and application.
 
We offer a great selection of products for summer sun protection and increased skin care including Advanced Protection SPF 30, Sheer Moisturizer SPF 30 and Aloe + E Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Please check out  www.bellanina.com for complete details and product information.