Things That Make Dry Skin Worse
For most, dry skin usually peaks during the cold winter months. For others, dry skin is a chronic condition that can lead to irritation, inflammation and conditions like Eczema.
The primary cause of dry skin is the air itself – dry air works to evaporate the moisture from the skin’s surface, but there are other factors that contribute to dry skin:
Smoking. Smoking has a harmful effect on the skin. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, including the tiny capillaries that serve the skin. This deprives the skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs for good health. Smoking also can make the skin dry and leathery.
Hot Showers. Our skin contains special proteins and fats that make up a protective barrier and lock in moisture to protect us from harsh outside environments. Hot baths and hot showers will strip the skin of this natural protection.
Harsh Soaps: Soap and soap cleansers are alkaline which is damaging to the skin and can aggravate dryness leaving the skin feeling tight – it may even lead to a rash. Try using a mild soap, particularly one designed for sensitive skin, or replace your traditional soap with an oil-infused shower gel; the oil can replace the natural oils that the water strips from your skin.
Overexposure to the sun. The sun is responsible for most of the damage done to the skin. It causes dryness, wrinkles, and even rashes and blisters. Always apply a good sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin if you must be in the sun.
Alcohol. Alcohol (like caffeine) is a diuretic, and drinking it in excess will result in dry skin as individuals urinate more often, resulting in a depletion of vital water for the skin. Alcohol in skin care products also dries out the skin. It’s best to avoid skin care products that contain SD Alcohol, Alcohol, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, or Alcohol Denat. as one of the first 5 or so ingredients.
Cold air. The cold air will cause any moisture on your skin to evaporate. The wind will just accelerate the process. If you have to go out in the cold, make sure you have a thick, protective moisturizer on your face.
Clothing. Dry skin is especially sensitive to contact irritants, so continually exposing your skin to uncomfortable clothing could make your skin drier and itchier. Go with clothes that feel comfortable on the skin. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight – chafing can also cause, and irritate, dry skin.
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