With age, sweat and oil glands generally produce less moisture. Dry skin can develop on the legs, elbows, arms or other parts of the body.
Allergies (dermatitis), irritants and skin conditions like eczema can also cause and worsen dry skin, but many of these symptoms can be alleviate by topical ingredients and appropriate homecare products. Dry skin is skin that doesn’t have enough moisture to maintain a strong and supple barrier. Individuals with dry skin may have rough/scaly areas of skin, which is a relatively common, and often seasonal condition that affects many people at some time in their lives. Warmer climates, occupational hazards (frequent handwashing), and allergies can frequently worsen dry skin.
With the onset of age, moisture-producing oil glands produce less oil, skin becomes thinner, and fat and collagen can decline. Typically, dry skin can worsen in the winter due to low humidity, but can occur all year round. Emollients (moisturisers) are recommended as excellent first line & maintenance treatment, which are inexpensive and highly effective at ensuring the skin barrier is well nourished and protected.