Where does dry skin come from?
What causes dry skin – the most frequent triggers
- Dry skin can be inherited or congenital. In this skin type, the production of sebum and moisture regulation are disrupted. This leads to scaliness, itching, redness and even inflammations that can be exacerbated further by external influences.
- Cold, heat, wind and dry heated air can irritate the skin a lot. They remove its moisture and attack its natural protective barriers. The result can be seen primarily in the cooler seasons of the year.
- Water also removes moisture content from the skin if temperatures are too high. For this reason, you should not take long hot showers and baths.
- Often, incorrect care can also cause dry skin. Lots of toiletries, such as soap-based shower gels, damage the skin more than they benefit it. Use these products sparingly and choose rehydrating cleansing products such as NIVEA Natural Oil Shower Oil.
- You can find out more about dry skin and how to look after it here.
Dry skin – what is going on under the surface?
These lipids form a natural protective barrier and minimise water loss. If the skin has a lack of lipids, tightness and redness can quickly occur.
Finally, there is also dry skin that suffers from both too low a moisturising factor and from a lack of lipids.
The individual severity of redness, irritation or flakiness in dry skin depends on the particular skin structure.
You can find out more about very dry skin and how to look after it here.
Skin moisture – responsible for beauty and well-being
Why moisture is so important for our skin
The skin is also unable to naturally regenerate without moisture, as the messenger substances for building new skin cells cannot reach the areas where they are needed without water.
Moisture is particularly important for maintaining the elasticity of our skin. Without water, every small movement would tear the skin.
You can find more hints and tips about achieving beautiful skin here.
- Dry skin needs care that is specially adjusted to its needs. The NIVEA Repair & Care moisturising products have been developed especially for very dry skin and contain valuable dexpanthenol.
- Dexpanthenol is the precursor of vitamin B5, and is also described as the queen of skin vitamins. This substance strengthens the natural protective barriers of dry skin and restores its balance: It encourages the production of new cells and helps existing ones to regenerate themselves.
- Dexpanthenol actively works against redness in the skin.
- After just a few applications, dry and cracked areas are regenerated more effectively. Irritations are soothed and the skin feels smooth again.