Four surprising reasons your skin is so dryPublished on: 08/01/2019
Dry, tight, flaky skin is something that plagues each and every one of us when winter comes around. As temperatures change our skin often has to readjust quickly – fighting against dry, hot conditions indoors and bitter cold, icy frosts outside.
Often the focus on skincare blogs rests on how to combat dry skin – but prevention is better than cure, so understanding the reasons why skin can become dry in winter is the very first step sufferers should take. Here we share four reasons you may not yet have thought of if you are hoping to wave farewell dry skin for good this winter.
Excessive water exposure
When we think of hydration, we think of water – but excessive topical exposure to water is actually bad for our skin. This is because it dries out natural oils over time, stripping the skin of protective sebum that guards against flakiness and cracks. Chapped skin is frequently observed in people who wash their hands and faces a lot – or use very hot water on their skin. If you suffer from dryness, try limiting water exposure as much as possible, and only washing in lukewarm temperatures when you do.
We say this plenty of times here at Nefera – but great skin starts from within. When you nourish from the inside out, you’ll create a natural, healthy glow. The first step to take is drinking plenty of water – avoiding diuretics such as coffee, black tea and sugary sodas. You should be drinking around two litres per day – and with this small change alone you could notice a huge difference if you were previously dehydrated. Next turn your attention to your diet. Is it high in fatty, processed or sugary foods? If so look for alternatives and stock up on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables to support skin’s natural structure. Good fats, such as those found in avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds are essential for healthy, glowing skin. You can even work with a professional nutritionist to get your diet back on track for beautiful skin.
Harsh products that aren’t right for your skin
Many people use premium products thinking that the price tag alone indicates safety and efficiency. But that’s not always the case – bearing in mind that skincare should always be personalised. Use sensitive, clinically tested formulas that really work for your skin. This may involve a prescription from a dermatologist or trial and error at home to determine what’s really best for you. There are some things to avoid though – Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or SLS, is a drying agent found in most cleansers. It’s also worth noting that ‘natural’ doesn’t always mean gentle or safe for sensitive skin. Some so-called ‘natural’ products still contain harmful agents that can cause more harm than good. Meanwhile even truly natural ingredients can cause irritation.
Lack of routine
A skincare routine becomes all the more important as temperatures drop. Focus on cleansing with a sensitive, moisturising formula daily, weekly exfoliation and a daily schedule that allows you to apply adequate amounts of cream to hydrate throughout the day. As is the case with products above, opt for formulas designed to suit sensitive skin. Cleansers should be mild and free from soaps and surfactants, featuring harsh chemicals known to dry out skin. Aim to moisturise at least twice daily, and keep a small pot or bottle handy in your bag to top-up throughout the day when needed. As a rule your day cream should be lighter than your night cream – but you may like to use a richer base or oil depending on your personal requirements.