Manage the symptoms of dry skin today for a more hydrated, dewy complexion.
What is dry skin?
Dry skin, also known as xerosis or xeroderma is a common condition that can affect all ages from new born to mature skin. Skin hydration is fundamental for optimum skin health. Dry skin lacks moisture and hydration in the outer skin layer called the Stratum Corneum.
The stratum corneum is layered very similarly to a brick wall, with intracellular lipids acting as the mortar to seal and cracks. When the intracellular lipids (mortar) are not adequately produced the skins natural barrier function starts to break down thus allowing moisture to escape from the skin. This is termed trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) and ultimately results in skin dryness. A break down in the skin’s protective barrier can also lead to a pathogens entering the skin causing a host of infections and unwanted side effects. The good news is that the skins protective barrier function and trans epidermal water loss can be resolved with the right skin care and nutrition.
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You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones here.
Symptoms of dry skin
A feeling of skin tightness. Skin that feels and looks rough. Itchiness (pruritus). Slight to severe flaking skin, which causes the ashy look that can affect dry brown and black skin. Slight to severe scaling or peeling. Cracked “dry riverbed” look to leg. Fine lines or cracks. Skin that ranges from reddish on white skin to gray-ish on brown and black skin.
What causes dry skin?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to dry skin. As with many skin conditions, genetics always plays a part. Due to your inherited genes your skin may typically produce less oil to keep the skin hydrated. Genetics will also determine your predisposition to dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Environmental factors can also contribute, if you are exposed to harsh chemicals this will cause dryness and irritation to your skin, alongside weather conditions that are cold and dry with low humidity. Your dry skin may be due to the natural ageing process, due to the production of less oil alongside the skin care products that we use, particularly if they are stripping your skin’s natural oils and disruption the skin natural barrier function. Certain medications and medical conditional can also be contributing factors.
Will I always be prone to dry skin?
Having dry skin doesn’t mean you will always have it. You may be more prone due to genetics, however there are contributing factors that can be addressed to help maintain the hydration of your skin. To improve skin hydration lifestyle changes and good skin care practices are important. A good skin care regimen is fundamental to gently cleanse and keep the skin hydrated and avoiding harsh products. Combined with good lifestyle choices, consuming a balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and importantly omegas, staying hydrated, avoiding smoking, harsh weather conditions and regular exercise, can also play an important role.
What treatments are effective for dry skin?
Treatments that can to reduce the effects of dry skin and promote skin health can be beneficial alongside a prescribed skin care regimen and a good nutritional support programme. A great treatment choice would be:
- Dermalux light Therapy (LED) – This is a clinically proven, non-invasive phototherapy that uses different wavelengths of light to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process and works to strengthen the skin natural barrier function and overall skin health.
Following your consultation your practitioner will advise the best treatment for optimal results. We will ensure you have a good understanding of how the treatment will benefit your skin, including benefits, any downtime expected, duration and costs. Following your consultation your practitioner will advice the best treatment for optimal results. We will ensure you have a good understanding of how the treatment will benefit your skin, including benefits, any downtime expected, duration and costs.
Will dry skin return following treatment?
If you have a genetic predisposition to dry skin, unfortunately this can not be changed. However following treatment we would advise maintenance treatments to keep your skin in optimal health. This alongside lifestyle changes and good skin care practices are important. A good skin care regimen is fundamental to gently cleanse and keep the skin hydrated and avoiding harsh products. Combined with good lifestyle choices, consuming a balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and importantly omegas, staying hydrated, avoiding smoking, harsh weather conditions and regular exercise, can also play an important role in helping you to maintain your treatment results for longer.
How can ZO Skin Health help to support my skin?
ZO Principles of Skin Health Restoration specifically focus on restoring skin’s strength and optimizing cellular functions to provide the best treatment outcomes and achieve overall skin health restoration. Skin should be fortified to renew, protect and strengthen itself to maintain healthy skin for life. From correcting and management of ageing, sun damage, and skin concerns such as milia, keratosis pilaris, Eczema, dry skin, pigmentation, acne, rosacea, and protecting against future damage, ZO has your skin health covered with its clinically proven, medical skin care brand. Only the highest quality active ingredients like retinoids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, glycolic acid, lactic acid and more. Following a consultation a prescribed regimen that works to improve your skin concern alongside its texture, repairs your skin barrier and restores a healthy, youthful appearance to your skin will be prescribed.
How does the The Advanced Nutrition Programme support my skin?
Healthy skin starts on the inside, for optimal results this needs to be fed daily with skin specific nutrients. To help improve the appearance of compromised skin whilst supporting skin elasticity, firmness and collagen production experts recommend supporting the skin with supplements from the Advanced Nutritional Programme (ANP) supplement range alongside a healthy diet. Traditional skincare is turned inside out with the innovative, award-winning range of evidence-based skincare supplements. While topical skincare only treats 50% of the skin on the surface, ANP potent nutritional blends feed your skin from within for a proven, 100% skincare approach, your skin will certainly thank you for it. Following your consultation we can advised a complete nutritional approach to optimise your skin health.