8 Reasons You Have Dry Skin, and How to Treat It
IN THIS ARTICLE:
- 01 What Are The Signs Of Dry Skin?
- 02 What Are The Common Causes Of Dry, Flaky Skin On Your Face?
- 03 How To Prevent Dry Skin?
- 04 A Skincare Routine To Fight Skin Dryness
Skin dryness is something that everyone experiences from time to time. For some, it’s the skin type they were born with, or it can be a seasonal condition. Sometimes it’s there to bother you all year round - whatever the weather. Lack of moisture is just one of the many factors that can affect overall skin health. While some can be prevented, internal factors such as genetics can leave the skin parched and flaky.
Moisturizing is the best defense against dry skin. Applying your preferred moisturizer is a crucial last step in any skincare routine that helps prevent moisture loss. For instant hydrating benefits, you can use a moisturizing gel mask. Keep scrolling to learn more and discover which products work best for your skin type.
What are moisturizers?
Moisturizers can be three things (or a combination of): humectants that attract and trap water, emollients that soften skin, and occlusives that seal in moisture. Regular application of moisturizers helps maintain balanced skin hydration levels to prevent too much moisture - or too much dryness.
What Are The Signs Of Dry Skin?
Dry skin is so common that most people don’t even realize they have it. A bit of dryness is usually harmless and can clear up on its own. However, persistent dryness with itching can be a sign of something serious. Spot these common signs and symptoms of skin dryness before it becomes a nuisance.
- Patches of rough, uneven skin
- Feeling of tightness due to dehydration
- Itchiness, especially on the rough patches
- Flaking skin that adds to dullness
- Fine lines, cracking patches of skin
- Discoloration, red or white patches
- At its worst, bleeding cracks
What Are The Common Causes Of Dry, Flaky Skin On Your Face?
The main cause of dryness is lack of moisture. The skin on your face, being thinner than most areas of your body, is more reactive to moisture loss. But what zaps water out of the top layer of your skin? Consider these internal and external factors.
Less collagen is produced as you get older. This leads to thinner, drier skin. The American Academy of Dermatology states that nearly everyone will have dry skin by the age of 60.
Dry skin is common during cold weather and low humidity as these two factors draw out moisture from the skin.
A diet that lacks nutrients such as zinc, niacin, iron, or vitamins A and D may cause excessive skin dryness.
Harsh skincare products -
Some ingredients in your skincare choices may be drying to your skin. Examples are alcohol, fragrance, certain acids, and retinoids.
Skin conditions -
Dry, itchy skin is a common symptom of atopic dermatitis or eczema. Flare ups can be caused by triggers or irritants.
Hot showers -
Frequent long, hot baths also draw out moisture and strip away the skin’s natural oils.
The protein called filaggrin is a natural skin moisturizer. Filaggrin deficiency can be passed on from parent to child.
Sun exposure -
The sun is the skin’s worst enemy. Prolonged sun exposure depletes the skin’s water content and natural oils.
How To Prevent Dry Skin?
Skin aging is a biological process that everyone goes through. Despite factors beyond your control, there are many simple measures that you can take to keep your skin’s hydration levels in check.
A Skincare Routine To Fight Skin Dryness
An effective skincare routine for dry skin is all about highlighting hydration and moisturizing. Below is an example of a routine that you can easily customize based on your needs.
CLEANSE - Washing your face twice a day is a must even if you’re suffering from dry skin. It helps remove impurities and debris such as dead skin cells. This helps speed up skin renewal and prepares your skin to better absorb important nutrients.
TONE - For dry skin, choose a toner with a moisturizing formulation. This not only ensures clean skin but also helps lock in moisture to keep dryness at bay.
TARGET - Nothing spells instant hydration better than using a facial sheet mask or replenishing with a hydrating serum.
Achieve a brighter and visibly refreshed complexion. Try the Project E Beauty Aqua Infusion Face Gel Mask which holds 50% more essence than most masks.
Hyaluronic acid is known for its unique ability to replenish a LOT of moisture (it can hold nearly 1,000 times its weight in water) to plump skin and promote elasticity. For deep hydration, try the Project E Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum which can help skin appear fresher and dewier.
MOISTURIZE - Moisturizing keeps the skin barrier healthy and hydrated by creating a layer that locks in moisture and prevents dehydration. It’s always at the latter part of skin care routines as it helps trap ingredients within the skin which boosts the effectiveness. Choose the Project E Beauty Nourishing Facial Moisturizer infused with hyaluronic acid.
PROTECT - Fight off the aging effects of the sun if you can’t hide from it. Experts advise the use of sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 for daily use. Sunscreens are not thoroughly absorbed by the skin like other skincare products. Instead, they create a protective layer over the skin barrier.
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written by Sophie Flair