Snail Cream for Dry Skin
Normal skin is soft and supple due to its water content. In order for skin to feel soft, pliable and normal, it’s surface layer needs to contain a minimum of 10% water, with optimum water content being somewhere between 20% and 25%.
To protect the skins outer layer from losing moisture the sebaceous glands product an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is a mixture of fatty acids, sugars, and waxes, working together to provide the skin with a protective barrier against water evaporation.
If there is a lack of sebum in the skin it loses water, feeling drier. This, combined with environmental factors that cause water to evaporate faster and overwhelm the ability of sebum to retain water, causes the skin to shrivel and crack.
Dry skin, also known as Xerosis, is a problem that is very common, affecting people of all ages from all walks of life. It’s typically caused by one or more of the following factors:
Decreased sebum production: This is the most common cause of dry skin in older people, as the number and activity of sebaceous glands found in the skin decrease with age
Loss of sebum: This is typically caused by lifestyle factors, including excessive bathing, excessive scrubbing of the skin when washing or harsh soaps that erode the protective sebum layer from the surface of the skin. It can also happen as a result of work and disproportionately affects those who are in professions that require frequent hand washing, such as health care workers, catering workers, cleaners and other such jobs.
Environmental conditions: Extreme environmental conditions can break down the skin’s protective barrier, making it difficult for the skin to retain moisture. This happens most commonly in places with dry, hot climates, or during the winter months, when many people opt to stay indoors rather than go out, exposing their skin to dry, heated air from their heating systems.
Dry skin is a very common problem for people who suffer from either diabetes or skin allergies. Although less common, it can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, kidney failure and Sjögren’s syndrome. It can also develop as a side effect of some medications, notably those that are applied topically and design to treat acne.
Symptoms of dry skin typically include itching, flaky and more wrinkled looking skin than normal. These symptoms tend to worsen over the winter, especially for those who spend more of their time indoors, where the air is heated and drier.
There are a number of things you can do to prevent dry skin, these include:
Use a moisturising product that contains snail secretion fluid, as this will help to more effectively exfoliate and help your skin to better retain water, keeping it moisturised and helping to promote skin repair and renewal
Learn more about the snail creams we recommend on our best snail creams page.
- Bathe with water that is comfortably warm, not hot, and use an unscented soap with a glycerin or a high fat content. Wash gently and avoid scrubbing too rigorously
- After physical activity such as working out, be sure to shower off soon afterwards. Use warm water and bring your own soap that is mild as many of the brands that gyms use may be too strong
- After bathing, pat dry your skin and immediately apply an unscented moisturiser. This will help your skin to better retain moisture, helping to alleviate dry skin
- Try to keep affected skin as covered as possible when engaging in physical activity outside, as weather can be a significant contributing factor to developing dry skin. If you swim, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the affected area before entering the pool
- If the air inside your home is dry during winter months it’s helpful to use a humidifier to raise the humidity level
- Apply moisturiser throughout the day. The best moisturisers to use should contain one of the following ingredients: glycerin, urea, pyroglutamic acid, sorbitol, lactic acid, lactate salts or alpha hydroxy acids
- Avoid using antiperspirants and perfumes excessively, as overuse of these products often leads to the development of dry skin