Just the mention of dry skin can give you an uncomfortable feeling. You may have a feeling that your face is being stretched tighter than usual in some areas. Perhaps you’ve started feeling itchy and you’ve noticed tiny white flakes when you look close in the mirror. These are all tell-tale signs you’ve got a dry skin situation going on. Not to worry, even if your skin type is usually normal or even oily, you’re almost guaranteed still experience periods of dry skin at times.
Five Common Causes of Dry Skin
There are many different reasons you may be experiencing dry skin, but the following five causes are among the most common:
- Weather - Cold winter weather, or extreme dry heat can quickly zap essential moisture from your skin.
- Water - Funny thing about water, although it is wet, too much of it on the skin will extract the natural oils and cause your skin to dry out.
- Products - any facial product that contains harsh chemicals can kick-off a case of dry skin in no time.
- Medical Conditions - Certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, hypothyroidism, side effects from some cancer treatments as well as some prescription medications may all be contributors to dry skin flare ups.
- Age - An unavoidable reality of growing older is that over time, our skin loses moisture and becomes thinner.
How to Prevent Dry Skin
The silver lining is that it is not so difficult to prevent dry skin from becoming a problem in your life. The most successful way to prevent it from happening is to be proactive and consistent with your skin care routine and taking good care of your health and personal habits.
Create a solid skin care routine for yourself, incorporating a few essential products, and remember that less is definitely more.
- Limit your time in the shower to a few minutes, and avoid extremely hot water or prolonged time under the faucet.
- Following the use of a gentle cleanser, applying a light daytime moisturizer will help keep your face hydrated and protected throughout the day. After cleansing at night, consider using a combination of a serum layered with a super rich, nourishing night cream that can work wonders while you sleep.
In addition to a good skin care routine, consider these “no-brainer” health and personal care tips to enhance your defense against dry skin.
- Along with the countless other perks of drinking plenty of water, it will also insure you are hydrating your skin from the inside out.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake, as both have a reverse effect and can dehydrate your body and skin.
- Use a humidifier during the winter months to add some moisture back to your environment.
- Bundle up when going outside, wearing a hat and scarf can help protect your face from the cold and wind.