It is commonly known that exposure to summer heat can cause the skin to become dry. Moreover, the dry air during winters is one of the reasons for the skin to be dry and itchy. There are known reasons for dry skin and there are ways to prevent dry skin during these seasons and environmental conditions. However, here are some of the common habits that could be causing dry skin. These include:
1. Hot Showers
A hot water bath not be a good idea to take hot showers, especially for long hours, as it can leave you with dry skin in the long run. This is because excessive exposure to hot water can strip off the natural oils and moisture of the skin and disrupt the skin barrier, increasing the risk of dry skin.
2. Harsh Soaps
Most traditional bath soaps contain ingredients known as surfactants which are alkaline in nature. This can disrupt the natural skin barrier and make the skin vulnerable to various skin problems including dry skin. The chemicals present in these soaps can also cause irritation of the skin and make you prone to skin infections due to change in the pH of the skin.
The main aim of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface thus causing your skin to radiate and glow. But if you over exfoliate your skin, then it can increase the risk of dry skin. Exfoliating too much can rip off the protective skin layer which can lead to inflammation, redness, peeling, and drying of the skin.
4. Wrong Moisturisers
Applying a good amount of moisturizer on your face and body is not a bad idea to retain moisture and prevent dry skin. Most moisturizing lotions are water-based which contain less oil content. So when you apply these on the skin, it gets quickly evaporated and is not easily absorbed by the skin. So choosing the right moisturizer is the key to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
5. Not Staying Hydrated
Lack of hydration can cause your skin to become dry and irritated. It can also make your skin look tired and dull. So do increase your water intake on a daily basis and check for yourself how it affects your skin’s health.
Fix these simple everyday mistakes that could be causing dry skin and see how it can benefit your skin. Also, follow a proper skin care routine along with a proper diet to beat this skin problem. If you experience any other symptoms along with dry skin, then do consult your doctor to know the exact cause of dry skin.
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Lalit Kanodia, General Physician)
Dermatologists’ top tips for relieving dry skin. The American Academy Of Dermatology (AAD).