The Importance of Dry Skin Care

Dry skin can feel uncomfortable and itchy, and can look cracked and uneven. Those with dry skin must take precautions against the wind and varying temperatures, which can cause skin to crack even more in areas like the hands, shins, and obliques. As time goes by, it’s necessary to take stronger precautions to protect our skin from spots, wrinkles, dryness, and growths.

Older skin takes longer to recover from injuries like brush burns and scratches. Skin also becomes dryer with age, because less sebum is produced in glands.

Liberally applying lotion constantly is inconvenient and expensive. Lotion is only one of the many ways to moisturize dry skin. More practical steps and lifestyle changes can have you and your skin feeling better.

This article will discuss:

What Causes Some People to Have Dry Skin?

Some causes of dry skin are unavoidable. Genetics, for one, can effect skin’s dryness. Other causes of dry skin can be easily improved with adequate hydration and a healthy diet.

If you have determined your dry skin isn’t due to an underlying medical condition, other causes of dry skin include:

  • Harsh cold, dry, and windy winter weather
  • Vitamin A and B deficiency
  • Changes in skin with age
  • Sun and heat exposure
  • Skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea
  • Certain cosmetics containing fragrances and preservatives
  • Harsh exfoliants

Ways to Improve Skin’s Appearance

A healthy diet can help skin look toned and youthful. Balance your diet with all of the essential nutrients, especially vitamins C, E, A, and B. Vitamins C and E reverse the negative effects caused by sun exposure including skin cancer. Vitamin A maintains and repairs skin tissue, while Vitamin B promotes cell growth.

Polyunsaturated fats can reduce irritated skin from inflaming. Omega-3 and omega-6 help to hydrate skin and retain moisture. These healthy fats are found in fish, olive oil, and nuts.

Antioxidants, found in blueberries and green tea among other sources, help prevent wrinkles in dry skin.

Specific skin improvement diet tips, include:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water every day to keep skin hydrated
  • Avoid fried foods, sugar, chocolate, and soda pop, which quickly damage skin
  • Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate skin
  • Eat high protein, yellow, and orange vegetables
  • Eat enough fruits, grains, and nuts
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats like fish, nuts, and oils

Exercising regularly along with getting enough sleep helps keep your skin healthy also.

Dry Skin Care

Dry skin can be irritated more easily than normal skin.

Caring for dry skin might require additional time and attention daily, but do not clean dry skin more than needed. Even long showers can cause skin irritation. While products with alcohol and harsh detergents clean your skin, they also remove your natural oils that keep your face moisturized. Some soaps even contain alkaline drying ingredients; read the labels before choosing your cleanser.

Dry skin could be made worse by:

  • Extreme temperature variations
  • Smoking; the nicotine slows oxygen from getting to the skin
  • Cleaning yourself with harsh or commercial soaps
  • Showering with too hot of water for too long
  • Using a rough washcloth on your face

Pay special care by doing the following:

  • Spritz your face with mineral water in the morning; the tap water deposits like fluorine and chlorine may be harmful
  • Use a moisturizer with rich, nourishing ingredients with Olive Oil Polyphenols
  • Natural oils like olive and jojoba can be used all over as after-shower moisturizers
  • Humidifiers help skin retain moisture
  • Use sunscreen before coming in contact with the sun

Products to Help Dry Skin

Dr. Perricone’s Active Tinted Moisturizer can easily be rubbed on the face and neck. This light-coverage moisturizer, formulated with DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Vitamin C Ester, helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can double as a sunscreen, containing SPF 15 to help protect your face from the sun. Mineral powder or makeup can be applied on top of the moisturizer.


  • Lifts, tightens, and tones the appearance of skin
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Contours skin and improves elasticity

Antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid:

  • Protects skin cells
  • Refines skin texture
  • Reduces pore size, puffiness, imperfections, and uneven skin tone

Antioxidant Vitamin C Ester:

  • Improves firmness and elasticity
  • Leaves a luminous appearance

A Hydrarating Nutrient Mask instantly gives a radiant glow for once a week use. This Perricone mask, like Active Tinted Moisurizer, also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Other ingredients include:

  • Antioxidant Olive Oil Polyphenols, which work to protect, nourish, smooth, and hydrate the skin.
  • Tocotrienols, a superior form of Vitamin E, which gives the same benefits as antioxidants and emollients while improving skins overall health.

These along with other Perricone moisturizers, not only work to soothe your dry skin, but work to prevent dry skin in the first place.


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  2. I’ve been looking for something for years that would agree with my dry, icthy, craked skin. I would love to try your products.

  3. I have used many different products on the market, I have read Dr. Perricone’s book and would like to try and test his products.

  4. Iwould to try this, my skin is always dry, doesnot matter if is sumer, I heard than if I use a good musturizer I’ll get out of my dark spots, I think this is a good chance.

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  6. Though I live in the humid climate of Florida, I find my skin to be dry a great deal of the time. My skin is very fair and sundamaged and I am finding myself constantly applying lotion. I was not aware that diet played such a major role in keeping skin moisturized. I was also not aware that hot showers could dry the skin. I will definitely try the idea of a mineral water spritzer on my face. I was aware of the damaging effects of chlorine on the skin but had never thought of that technique. I will also be more conscientious about not taking hot showers because that dries the skin as well. I was once told by a chemist that the heat combined with chlorine is a toxic combination to breathe so I can imagine it is bad for the skin as well.

    I am looking forward to trying some more of the skin products by Perricone. Right now I am using the tinted moisturizer SPF 15 and love it. My skin has a natural glow whenever I apply the product.

    I think if I add a cleanser and night time moisturizer combined with following the tips to avoiding dry skin, I will see a definite improvement. Thanks for the info!