Dry skin can be managed by topically applying moisturisers that are formulated to hydrate the skin.
Moisturising dry skin can:
- restore and retain water content in the outermost layer of the skin
- lubricate and soften scaly taut skin
- alleviate the impact of environmental conditions
By increasing the hydration state of the stratum corneum (skin’s outer layer), the symptoms of dry skin can be alleviated. Moisturising lotions and creams are formulated to increase hydration of the skin.
The most commonly used moisturisers are lotions and creams. Lotions and creams add moisture to the skin, soften dry scales and soothe. Lotions and creams are more effective if they are applied after showering or bathing, while the skin is still plump with the water it has absorbed.
Cetaphil moisturising products were originally formulated for dermatologists to treat dry, sensitive or compromised skin.