Reasons Why You Have Dry Skin (And How To Correct Them)

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Marquez Briggs, 30, uses a foaming scrub cleanser during his morning routine on Monday June 18, 2012 as mens grooming products are gaining popularity. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

No matter how good and well you take care of your skin by following the skin-care regimen that’s best for you, dry skin can sometimes creep up on you with some of the most dire consequences you never thought possible.

Having a chronically dry skin can result in irritation, Flaking and skin damage which may result in premature aging.

Despite these negative effects, the good thing is that if you’re able to identify the specific causes of your dry skin, there’s a chance you’d be able to correct the problem. Here are some reasons your skin is parched and the things you can do to have a luscious and well hydrated skin.

It’s Hereditary
There’s also a likelihood that your dry and patchy skin is inherited from your parents. Some people are born genetically with skin cells that don’t have enough proteins which can help the skin retain moisture.

What you need to do if your skin dryness is hereditary is to use moisturizers that contain ceramides and lipids which can help to reinforce the skin barriers and reduce dryness.

The Type Of Perfume You Use
While you may be using a perfume that smells very nice, there’s a chance that the ingredients of the perfume is irritating and having a negative effect on your skin. A lot of perfumes contain compounds that can worsen an already dry skin and it’s best to be careful when choosing them.

Be on the lookout for perfumes that contain moisturising ingredients such as vanilla or honey. Also, fragrances that are oil-based or those that make use of bean-based butters such as shea or cocoa butter can help to provide soft skin and extra hydration.

You Take Hot Showers
Showering more than once a day and particularly taking hot showers can have a negative impact on your skin. While taking hot showers may be necessary in cold weather, it can worsen your dry skin by destroying the upper oily layer of the epidermis causing dryness.

You can avoid this by ensuring you do not shower beyond 10 minutes, once a day when the weather is mild. Also make sure the water is not too hot.

You Have An Unfriendly Bedroom
An Unfriendly Bedroom is one reason for dry skin that a lot of people fail to pay attention to. Sleeping in a room that is not properly ventilated can make your skin suffer. This is because as you sleep, your body temperature rises, which causes increased evaporation of moisture from the skin. This condition is known as trans-epidermal water loss and can be responsible for dry skins.

Sleeping in an airy room can alleviate this. Also, you can add moisture to your face by making use of humidifier and acid-based moisturizers which can help to pull moisture to the skin.

You Spend A Lot Of Time In Swimming Pools
Swimming pools contain chlorine and spending a lot of time in them can severely affect your skin. While swimming is a good way to relax and exercise, spending time in Chlorine can both protect you from germs and also damage your skin by causing flakiness.

You can protect yourself by rubbing skin moisturising lotions in dry areas of your skin before you dive into any pool. It will act as a barrier between your skin and the chlorine from the water.

You Use Anti-Aging Treatments
While we all want to look younger, you should be wary of the fact that anti-aging products can also trigger dry skin. A lot of such treatments contains ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, and benzoyl peroxide which has the tendency to increase the turnover of skin cells, which in turn causes excess dryness.

If you must use such treatments, layer them below your moisturizers to help prevent drying of your skin.

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