Some people have naturally dry skin, while for others it may only occur at certain times of the year, such as in cold weather. The ageing process is also linked with the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Although dry skin can affect anyone, it is particularly common in older people. The loss of sweat and oil glands as we age may also make dry itchy skin worse.28
Some people are born with a natural tendency towards dry skin. People who suffer from conditions such as asthma, hay fever or allergies may also develop dry skin.
Causes of dry skin include:
As we age, our bodies produce less sebum (an oily substance, naturally produced by the skin that helps to keep skin smooth and supple), leading to naturally drier skin.29
If you think your dry skin is being caused by environmental factors, you can make simple changes like not taking as many hot showers or turning off air conditioning.
Look for dry skin creams that help moisturise skin and protect skin from drying out. Avoid creams that contain potential irritants such as colour, fragrance and lanolin. You should also avoid soap, which can dry your skin further. Choose a soap-free cleanser instead.27
QV Bath Oil has a non-slip formula that evenly disperses in water and covers the body in a soothing emollient that adheres to skin for lasting hydration. After bathing, apply moisture-rich QV Cream all over the body, concentrating on trouble spots.