Dry skin is sensitive and can be quite irritating, literally and figuratively. It produces very little sebum and as a result, becomes very dehydrated. It is usually tight after washing, dull and parched. And, let’s not forget itchy and flaky.
So what’s the cause of Dry skin? There are several factors, both biological and environmental that can contribute to dry skin.
It’s common knowledge that during the cold months, the body takes a beating from harsh temperatures and winds, which causes the skin to lose a lot of moisture and dry out quickly.
But the cold is not the only culprit. Dry, arid conditions also cause the skin to become dehydrated, dry and parched.
Perhaps you were born with it. Genetics play an important role in the behavior of your skin. If your parent(s) have dry skin, there’s a likelihood you’ll also have dry skin.
Enjoying long hot showers strips the body of its naturals oils, leaving it dry, parched and cracked. Additionally, if you swim a lot, dry skin can definitely be a problem.
You are what you eat. It’s true. If your diet does not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals that support healthy oil production, the result can be dry, flaky, itchy skin.
Dry skin is quite common during perimenopause/menopause for some women. The body’s hormone levels, including estrogen, declines, causing oil glands to secrete less sebum, the skin’s natural lubricant.
Excessive Product Use
This usually applies to the facial skin. You may be using too many products on your face thus, disrupting the pH balance and stripping it of its natural oils. Consider the fact that some people use more than 12 products per day on the face alone. The constant bombarding with cleansers, clay masks, exfoliants, cotton ball, hard water, etc., can all take a toll on your skin’s moisture barrier.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com