28 October 2017
Dry skin affects most of us in our lifetime. Some people, however, are more affected than others due to several factors, such as weather conditions, cleaning habits, age, climate and some medications. And when it comes to protecting your skin from premature aging, avoiding dry skin should be at the top of your list, as the more hydrated your skin is, the more elasticity it has and the less wrinkles will appear. Keep reading to learn everything about dry skin, including what causes it and how to combat it.
You probably don’t think about this often, but where you are located on the globe has a direct impact on how moist or how dry your skin is. The fact is, the more humid the climate is, the less dry your skin will be. Have you ever noticed that when you go to tropical destinations your skin looks amazing? That’s because of the humidity of the air. So if you live in a dry area of the world, be mindful to apply more moisturiser.
Is there such a thing as being too clean? Over-washing can cause your skin to become very dry, especially on your hands (as this is the part of the body we wash most). A good tip to avoid exposing your hands to too many drying chemicals is to have rubber gloves and use them every time you do the dishes – this way, you’ll protect your skin and nails from getting unnecessarily dry.
We tend to use more soap than we need to, and it’s not really beneficial for keeping our skin moisturised, as it can strip away the skin’s protective oils quite easily. For starters, try to only use cleanser or soap when washing your face, hands, underarms and groin, and just rinse the rest of your body with water. You’ll see how your skin thanks you! Another good idea is to choose an organic shampoo and shower gel that contains mostly natural ingredients.
Unfortunately, skin does become a little bit drier with age. That is why it’s crucial to keep your skin as hydrated as you can as you get older, to avoid premature aging and the appearance of wrinkles. Serums, such as the Bichup Soon Hwan Essence or potent UV creams such as the Gongjinhyang Seol White Glow Cream, are perfect to help combat dry skin by boosting the production of collagen and elastin.
It would make sense for bathing to make your skin more moisturised instead of dry, however unfortunately this is not the case. The fact is, the longer you stay in the water, the drier your skin will get, as hot water can strip away your skin’s natural oils.The solution? Choose showers over baths, keep them short, and use lukewarm water instead of hot.
Some believe that waiting until your skin is pretty much falling apart from dryness is the perfect time to apply moisturiser. If your skin is in this state you should definitely hydrate it as soon as possible, however it’s better to actually avoid it getting to this point in the first place. Apply moisturiser every day after your facial cleansing or washing – don’t wait until your face is 100% dry to apply it. Do it while it’s still damp, as this is when your skin will absorb most of the goodness of the moisturiser.
Itchy skin is also an important factor that can cause skin dryness. This is when you need to start reading the labels of your clothing – no matter how much you love the garment, make sure to read what it’s made of! If the material is itchy or irritating, it’s not worth it, as it may damage your skin. The same thing happens with certain clothing detergents – if you feel like suddenly your whole body seems drier but your face doesn’t, it may be that the type of detergent you’re using is giving your clothes a rough texture, irritating your skin.
Some types of medication can cause your skin to become dry as a secondary effect. Some examples of medication that may cause dryness are those related to high blood pressure, acne and diuretics, amongst others. If you are currently on any of these medications and feel like maybe your skin dryness is caused by them, talk to your GP.
Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors – which means it can affect many people, no matter your age or where you are in the world. Because dry skin can be partly responsible for premature aging or may contribute to the appearance of fine lines on the skin, it is vital to keep it at bay and keep your skin as hydrated as possible. And the easiest way to achieve this is by using the right skincare products.
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