Dry skin can be a frustrating problem because it can be extremely difficult to figure out why your skin is dry in the first place. In fact, there’s no one cause for dry skin, and the possible culprits span such a wide range of factors, that it can be overwhelming to try to identify what’s causing your skin to dry out. Don’t fret, though! By learning about some of the top causes of dry skin and paying close attention to how your skin responds to slight changes in your routine, you may be able to pinpoint the cause — and fix the problem.
Common Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors, which can be categorized as internal and external to help keep them straight. Internal factors all have to do with health and genetics — your overall health, age, any medical conditions you may have, etc. External factors, which are easier to control, can range from dehydration to the weather. Below are some of the external factors that may be to blame for your dry skin:
- Cold weather
- Low levels of humidity
- Harsh products (such as synthetic ingredients)
- Over exfoliation
- Wiping your skin dry
How to Battle Dry Skin
The best way to combat your dry skin will depend on the cause, but below are some great tips for improving your skin’s health and alleviating the flakiness and irritation that dry skin can create.
- Use a moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin daily is crucial to a glowing complexion, and it’s even more important if you have dry skin. Because the weather is one of the most common causes of dry skin, it may be a good idea to adjust your moisturizer seasonally. During the spring and summer, opt for a lighter moisturizer that won’t feel heavy. During the fall and winter, choose a thicker moisturizer that will coat and protect your skin against the harsh weather. We recommend looking at our botanical based moisturizers – Day Glow, Beauty Sleep, and Face Hero that will provide your complexion with the proper amount of hydration and nutrients.
- Replace harsh products. Many of the skin care products you buy at the local department store are loaded with chemicals — and these chemicals can dry out your skin. Try switching to plant-based products that have natural ingredients that gently support your skin’s health.
- Pat your skin dry. When you get out of the shower or wash your face, try patting your skin dry instead of wiping with a towel. In addition to being gentler and causing less friction, which can also dry out your skin, patting your skin allows it to retain a bit of moisture.
- Take cooler showers. Taking a steaming hot shower feels wonderful on sore muscles after a long day, but it can dry out your skin. Try lowering the temperature just a bit to keep your skin’s moisture intact.
- Put a humidifier in your bedroom. Adding a humidifier to your room will allow your skin access to higher humidity levels at night, when your skin’s cells are regenerating. Like moisturizing before you go to bed, having a humidifier on while you sleep can greatly improve your skin’s hydration levels, as this is the optimum time for your skin to heal.
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