What Causes Dry Skin?
When your skin is dry, it can feel tight and itchy, be more prone to break out and look dull and flaky. All of these symptoms are signals your skin is sending you that it’s thirsty. While you can lather on all the moisturizer you want, you have to get to the root of the issue to confront it properly.
In short, dry skin is lacking the moisture it needs to function as it should. This could be because it’s not properly hydrated or it could be because the top layer of the skin is damaged and can’t retain moisture. There are a number of things that could be causing either a lack of moisture or damage to your skin’s top layer, or both.
So, what causes dry skin in the first place? We’re glad you asked. Below, we dive into the causes of dry skin, some of which may surprise you, but we wouldn’t leave you there. We’ll also show you how you can fix your dry skin depending on the cause of it so you can get to work and start seeing the healthy glow of moisturized skin sooner rather than later.
Surprising Causes of Dry Skin
We all know cleansing your skin is important, but there is such a thing as too much cleansing. Yes, this is challenging everything you ever thought about cleansing, but hear us out. The constant act of washing your face can strip it of the natural oils it needs to protect itself and stay hydrated.
Pro Tip: You can also “reignite” your nighttime products in the morning by simply spritzing with a Moisture Mist.
2. Harsh Cleansers
A cleanser’s job is to remove makeup, bacteria, grease, and dirt. In this fight against heavy makeup and breakout-causing bacteria, harsh cleansers are often used. The problem is, harsh cleansers, such as those containing sulfates, can’t tell the difference between your skin’s natural oils and the unnatural ones. They can easily rid your skin of even the good oils skin needs. These cleansers can also disrupt the skin barrier, leading to dryness.
3. Acne-Fighting Ingredients
Skincare is a balancing act. While your priority may be fighting acne, some of the ingredients commonly used to clarify skin can lead to skin dryness. This includes popular ingredients like salicylic acid and retinol.
4. Hot Water
If you were tempted to skip over this section, we don’t blame you. Nothing feels better than an extra hot shower or a hot rinse on your face in the morning, especially in the chilly winter months. Unfortunately, the hotter the water, the worse for your skin. Hot water strips the skin’s natural oils that keep it moisturized.
5. Indoor Heat
It’s not just the temperature outside that can dry your skin. The temperature inside can dry skin too! Heaters decrease the humidity levels inside, causing the air to suck even more moisture from your skin.
6. The Weather
Not all causes of severely dry skin are “your fault.” There are some things you can’t control i.e. the weather. When a cold front comes in, your skin can instantly feel attacked. This is because the air lacks the humidity typical in warmer months, so it pulls moisture from the skin. The cold air doesn’t help either. The combination results in dry, irritated skin.
Whether it’s genetics or one of these causes giving you dry skin, you can learn how to treat dry skin and get it the hydration it needs with dryness specific products. Armed with Sanitas’ best products for dry skin in your cabinet and the information above, you’ll be well equipped to both treat and prevent dry skin.