Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition where the skin is not as soft and moist as it normally is. This can result in shriveled skin and wrinkles if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of dry skin?

While skin is normally the driest on your arms and legs, you may experience dry skin on other areas of your body. You may find that the skin feels tight, and appears dehydrated. If your skin feels and looks rough or itches, you may have dry skin. Dry skin can also result in flaking and peeling of your skin, as well as cracks and redness.

What causes dry skin?

The weather can often play a large part in your dry skin, as humidity levels drop in winter, which can cause dry skin. Frequent hot baths and showers, or swimming in pools with large levels of chlorine, can damage the barriers in your skin that keep your skin hydrated. Excess sun exposure can dry out your skin, as can harsh soaps and detergents. If you have chronic dry skin, you may suffer from atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Some thyroid disorders can cause dry skin as well.

How do you treat and prevent dry skin?

More often than not, changes in your lifestyle can promote dramatic improvement in your skin. Avoiding long, hot showers and baths and using moisturizing lotions can make a big difference. If your skin is suffering from a chronic dry skin disorder, you may be prescribed certain creams or ointments.