Skin is the largest organ of the body. This large organ makes up roughly about 16% of the total bodyweight for most people, so taking the steps to care for it properly is important. People don’t have to be experts to know if their skin is dry and needs treatment. Dry skin can show up as scaly, rough patches on the waist, legs, arms, or even a person’s back. These dry patches can become itchy and scratching too much can result in a permanent scar or even an infected area. People have been known to cause bleeding from scratching at their dry skin too much.
Our skin care school covers the basics to help prepare students for their career field. One of the basics covered is being able to treat common skin conditions, including these uncomfortable dry patches.
While it seems counterintuitive, taking a hot bath or shower can dehydrate the skin. Avoid bathing in high temperatures and instead opt out for lukewarm water. Use a mild soap for cleaning that contains oatmeal or another hydrating element for the skin. The lukewarm water is gentler on the skin and will help it to hold in the moisturizer.
Oatmeal also contains elements that help the skin to heal once it’s been damaged and help it to recover. Other natural healing agents include honey, which has been known to kill off bacteria on the surface the skin while also moisturizing it in the process.
Use the Right Moisturizer
Dry skin is uncomfortable. The first form of relief many people turn to is using a moisturizer. While using moisturizer is beneficial to the skin, people need to understand using the usual scented, watery lotions won’t work in locking in moisture for their skin. The type of moisturizer people should use instead is a thick, strong cream or even an emollient, which will help to lock in that moisture.
One of the least expensive moisturizers people can buy is petroleum jelly, which fits all the requirements. While petroleum jelly is thick and may even feel greasy, it’s far better for those rough patches of dry skin. Warming the jelly up by rubbing it in between the hands makes it more malleable and easier to apply. People who consider the jelly to messy are recommended to put it on at night right before they go to bed.
Winter is a tough time of the year for dry skin suffers since the cold air sucks up all the moisture. Treating dry skin during winter can be difficult even with the right moisturizers and other treatments combined. Finding instant relief can seem next to impossible, but the answer is usually sitting right in the fridge.
Milk is a good way to relieve dry skin almost instantly and offers relief from the constant itch and dry cycle people tend to go through. Milk contains anti-inflammatory properties that will help to soothe the skin since it also contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is beneficial to the skin too, so dipping a small rag or piece of gauze and applying it to dry areas will relieve the itching sensation.
Apply Moisturizer at the Right Time
Applying moisturizer while the skin is damp is the best way to lock in moisture. Using the desired oil or cream for the body and face will help skin to stay plump and moisturized. Lotions are formulated to lock in moisture and prevent the trapped water from evaporating off of the skin.
Investing in skin care programs to prepare for a new career is an exciting and rewarding decision for those who have interest in this field. The skin is a complicated organ that requires specialized care and attention to keep it healthy.
Our programs teach students how to care for this complex system of the human body and the treatments necessary to help with conditions like dry skin.