Dear Dr. Levister: I live in the high desert where the summer air is hot and dry. My skin is taking a beating. What works for sun parched skin? D.W. Dear D.W: Dry skin is a common problem, especially during the colder months and during the hottest days of summer usually from the first of July to mid August. If you live in a dry climate the hot arid conditions can be a double whammy.
Choosing the best dry skin cream generally depends on the severity of your dry skin and where it occurs. There are dry skin creams formulated specifically for the body and others that are designed to work best for facial dry skin. Creams that are not made with petroleum-based oils are usually best for facial dry skin, as these ingredients can cause clogged pores. Some good ingredients to look for in a dry skin cream include Shea Butter, vitamin E and grape seed oil. Thicker lotions and those with heavier oils in the ingredient list are typically best used as body lotions. Also, if you have allergies or sensitive skin, you may do best to choose a fragrance-free dry skin cream.
Thicker ointments, which are gooey in texture and often come in a tube, may work best as a body cream. The consistency of the ointment helps to seal moisture in the skin and adds a layer of protection. Thicker crèmes tend to offer longer protection and dry skin relief than watery lotions as well. Some of these types of heavier creams have such ingredients as honey, coconut oil, beeswax, almond oil and jojoba.
Shea butter a favorite among family members and friends has been around for quite some time, centuries in fact. Shea Butter is local to Africa, which is where it is used the most for its benefits to skin and hair. Shea Butter is effective in anti aging, as a healing aide, prevention and skin protection.
Recently, though, it seems as though Shea Butter's benefits have been discovered off continent. This is because Shea Butter is beneficial to all people, races and nationalities, not just any one group! You can find Shea Butter in its pure form, or as an ingredient in other products.
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