Healthy skin is something we all want, not only for ourselves but for our loved ones too.
But what causes dry skin? How do you know if you have dry skin and what can you do to ease the side effects of dry skin?
We have got all the answers and more from Eucerin international Medical Manager Laura Schmidt.
What is Xerosis Cutis?
It may sound exotic, but xerosis cutis is simply the medical term for dry skin.
It comes from the Greek word for dry (xero) and the Latin word for skin (cutis). Dry skin is extremely widespread, especially among older adults. It is usually a minor and temporary problem but can cause discomfort and lead to heightened self-consciousness. It is more common during the cold winter months and its frequency increases with age.
What causes xerosis cutis/dry skin?
Causes fall into two categories: either the skin fails to store moisture, or the barrier function breaks down, allowing moisture to escape. Of course, both can also occur at the same time. External factors like climate can also cause dry skin. Essentially, anything that decreases the natural moisturizing factors – NMF – in the skin contributes to dryness. In addition, it can be caused by other diseases such as diabetes or as a side effect of medications. Dry skin can also be a symptom of conditions like dehydration or inflammatory skin disorders.
Can dry skin be addressed with a change in diet or by drinking more water?
That depends on the cause of dry skin. If it is due to malnutrition or dehydration, this will help. However, if dry skin is a symptom of dermatological or internal disease, this must be treated. In addition to treatment, basic skincare helps reduce the symptoms of dry skin regardless of its root cause.
What are the most effective ingredients and formulations for treating dry skin?
One of the best-known tried and tested and most effective active ingredients are urea. Urea binds water molecules in the skin and contributes to skin desquamation in higher concentrations of 10% or more. This means that superficial, hyperkeratotic skin layers are sealed off and the skin becomes supple and flexible again
Can dry skin be completely cured?
This depends on the cause of the condition. If the skin is dry due to heating or cold climate, the symptoms will disappear. in warm summer months. But ongoing care is often required to keep skin from becoming dry. Routine skincare supports the natural functions of the skin and can reduce or even avoid dryness. A care routine also helps prevent pre-stressed skin from becoming extremely dry.
Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS leaves the skin looking and feeling smooth, soft, and supple offering immediate relief PLUS 48hr delay of dry skin symptoms.
All Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS products are formulated with a unique combination of ingredients:
– Ceramide and other lipids to form a lipid envelope to strengthen the skin barrier and protect against moisture loss.
– Urea and other Natural Moisturising Factors (NMFs) to improve skin’s water-binding capacity and increase its moisture content.
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Are Eucerin UreaRepair products dermatologically tested?
All Eucerin products are dermatologically and clinically tested. Accordingly, Eucerin is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most reliable dermo-cosmetic brands.
Is Eucerin UreaRepair tested on animals?
Eucerin does not use animals to test cosmetic products. They firmly believe that it is not necessary to use animals to test cosmetic products to prove their safety and effectiveness, and they have worked successfully for more than 20 years with in-vitro (testing in the laboratory) alternatives to animal testing.
We’re giving away 2 amazing prizes to 2 lucky rubybox members:
1st prize: Eucerin hamper valued at R1500 & a Spa day voucher
2nd prize: Eucerin hamper valued at R1500
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“Eucerin UreaRepair range contains which effective ingredient for treating dry skin?”
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Good luck rubies x
(Competition T&C: This competition is open to all South African residents and rubybox members only. The 1st prize is a Eucerin hamper to the value of R1500 and an Spa Day voucher to the value of R2000. The 2nd prize is a Eucerin hamper to the value of R1500. The hampers and voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. The selected winners will need to have a physical South African delivery address for the hamper. The Spa Day voucher winner will need to select a treatment of their choice which the voucher will be made for up to the value of R2000. To enter you need to answer the above question and comment with your answer, as well as share the article on social media and include the above-mentioned hashtags. The winners will have 48 hours to acknowledge winning as well as confirm their delivery details and spa location. Should the winners fail to do this within 48 hours of being notified another winner will be selected in their place. The competition will close midnight 28/07/2020 and the winners will be announced 29/07/2020. Judge’s decision is final. The hampers will be sent within 4 weeks of the competition closing. Once the voucher has been purchased, the Spa venue T&C will be put in place and rubybox nor Eucerin hold any responsibility thereafter.)
(*We understand. Frustrating and painful dry skin conditions need MEDICAL SKIN SCIENCE THAT SHOWS™. The Eucerin® UreaRepair PLUS range is specifically formulated to relieve, revitalise and replenish the dry skin side-effects associated with eczema, xerosis, ichthyosis and diabetes.)