Is Dry Skin Making you Look Older?
Dry Skin is a condition that is most commonly associated with the skin on our face. We often notice flaking skin, rough texture and tightness during winter months when humidity levels plummet and Arctic winds draw away any moisture in the stratum corneum. These same symptoms can also pop up throughout our body from hands and feet to legs and arms. We ask acclaimed dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett to explain the condition and how best to treat it.
Cosmetics: How do you describe dry skin and what are the symptoms?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Dry skin is a term used to describe flaking and irritation of the skin.
Cosmetics: What percentage of Canadians suffer from dry skin in winter?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: There is no actual percentage to accurately depict the amount of Canadians who have dry skin in the winter as it is not a medical term however, suffice it to say that “dry skin” is very common in the winter on the body and especially the hands.
Cosmetics: I’ve heard that the lips are the only part of the body that don’t have oil glands. Is that why it is important to constantly use a balm or moisturizing product on lips?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: The lips actually do have some oil glands but because they are mucous membrane and often moist they tend to become chapped more quickly.
Cosmetics: How does dryness occur on the body other than on the face? I’ve noticed that my legs can get some red spots in winter.
Dr. Lisa Kellett: The proper medical term to describe dryness and redness of the skin is asteatotic dermatitis and it can occur anywhere on the body and face.
Cosmetics: How about dryness on the feet?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Yes, it can also occur.
Cosmetics: Is it true, you should apply moisturizer over damp skin on legs and arms?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Yes, the best time to apply moisturizer is on wet skin after bathing.
Cosmetics: Can hand washing in winter dry out your hands? Do you need a moisturizer for hands in winter?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Hand washing can dry out the hands in winter and as a result the best thing to apply is a barrier cream which can decrease transepidermal water loss.
Cosmetics: Can dry skin accelerate the signs of aging?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Dry skin can make skin look older as wrinkles can appear more prominent on dry skin.
Cosmetics: What do readers need to know about dry skin in winter?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: In winter baths are better than showers and I suggest using a bath oil for bathing. After the bath do not dry off with a towel but do apply a moisturizer to wet skin.