Understanding dry skin

Skin Analysis
10 Apr 2015

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Dry skin is a common occurrence in our patients at the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic. Most patients with dry skin notice fine skin flakes and dry patches, which can be itchy.

Dry skin can be caused by genetics or our surrounding climate, which is why you may find your skin can get drier during the colder seasons and in drier climates.

Age can also play a factor, as the older we get the less sebum (the natural oil produced by our skin) is produced. Less oestrogen is also produced by our bodies as we get older, which is another contributing factor to skin hydration.

There are differing degrees of skin dryness, but at the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic we specialise in more severe cases such as eczema, or cracking of the skin where bacterial infections are likely.

Many patients who visit us have been dependent on long term topical medicines to relieve the itching. These medical creams can have long-term damaging effects on our skin and general health. We therefore advise our patients to seek a natural approach to treating these conditions.

At the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic we use plant-based creams to hydrate the skin naturally, and when necessary, plant medications to help address dry skin from within.
We also encourage our patients to review their diet when treating dry skin. Many patients may notice that specific foods aggravate their skin, causing increased itching and flaking and therefore should be avoided.

Our general dietary advice for healthy skin would be to minimise sugar products; not just the obvious such as sweets and chocolates, but also fruits high in sugar such as grapes, melon and pineapple and foods high in starchy carbohydrates such as parsnips, potatoes, pasta, rice, couscous, and bread.

For all types of dry skin, we would recommend a highly hydrating skincare routine with no harsh exfoliates or chemicals, which would dry out the skin further.

Here is our step-by-step guide to a skincare routine for dry skin types:

Step 1. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Botanical Cleansing Lotion to cleanse skin without drying it out.
Step 2. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Botanical Firming Toner, which is essential to prime the skin to maximise the amount of moisturiser that is drawn into the skin.
Step 3. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Jojoba Day Moisturiser, a highly moisturising cream that hydrates the skin to leave it feeling refreshed and comfortable.
Step 4. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Face Cream with Deep Line Complex, which can be used at night for restoring dry skin and has fantastic anti-ageing properties.
Step 5. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Mint Exfoliating Facial Polish, a gentle exfoliator that removes dry, flaky skin without damaging the upper skin layer.
Step 6. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Mineral Mud Mask, which can be used once a week to increase moisture and restore the skin.

In severe cases, we would also recommend a visit to the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic to treat dry skin conditions. Click here to book an appointment.

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