2. Long, hot showers
It’s tempting, we get it.
But this practice could end up creating issues for your skin.
Taking long and streaming showers or baths can dry out the moisture in your skin and weaken the skin barrier function.
The problem with hot showers is that they strip your body of the natural oils in the skin.
Solution: Make sure to moisturise (at the right time!)
Choosing a moisturiser that supports the skin's barrier function and is suitable for dry skin is really important.
You also want to make sure you’re applying it correctly.
If you wait until your skin is totally dry after showering, you’ll have missed the lock-it-in window.
The thinner layers of skin around your nose can be susceptible to painful drying, so a moisturiser helps prevent this while also keeping your skin supple.
3. Ageing can increase dryness
Okay, this one we can’t really control but there are solutions that can prevent dryness that comes with ageing.
So why does this happen?
As we get older our skin produces less oil and becomes drier.
Mature skin is less able to retain moisture and preventing irritants and pollutants from getting in.
This triggers inflammation, which leads to increased collagen breakdown.
You’ll notice your skin is more sensitive than it used to, so choosing a sensitive-skin-friendly skincare is important.
Solution: Going for a gentle cleanser and moisturiser that support and repair the skin barrier is crucial.
4. Hydrate your skin from the inside out
Hydrating your skin from the inside is just as important as what you treat it with from the outside.
Drinking plenty of water every day is key to keeping your entire body, and therefore your skin hydrated.
When your skin is dry, it creates a shift in the healthy microbiome.
When you’re prone to dry skin, it’s especially crucial to nourish and nurture your skin’s microbiome and the good bacteria living there.
Keeping your skin hydrated and supple all comes down to whether you can properly trap in water.
When your skin barrier is weakened, something called transdermal water loss happens (which basically just means water droplets are literally evaporating out of the skin).
The stress hormone, cortisol, is known to compromise your barrier function, which mens your skin is more likely to experience this – resulting in drier skin during periods of stress.
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