Dry Skin Again? Here’s What Could Be Causing It

Itchiness, discomfort, flakiness, and redness are all signs of irritated and dry skin. Dry skin can be a real annoyance, but once you know what exactly causes dry skin, it is much easier to repair. Here are five common reasons—and remedies—for dry skin.
Dry Skin Again? Here’s What Could Be Causing It
  • LETTING (TOO MUCH) SUNSHINE IN
    LETTING (TOO MUCH) SUNSHINE IN
    Time outdoors can really brighten your day, and is essential in moderation when paired with sunscreen. But how exactly does the sun hurt your skin? The sun’s rays penetrate deeply into skin’s dermis layer, robbing skin of moisture and oils. To help guard against this, use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, do not stay out too long when the sun’s rays are strongest (11am – 3pm), and be sure to reapply sunscreen regularly.
  • THAT CRISP WINTER AIR
    THAT CRISP WINTER AIR
    The coldest season is also the driest season. And that means that you have to take extra steps to restore your dry skin. What causes very dry skin in winter? The low humidity means that moisture is constantly being pulled away from your skin’s surface. Without proper care, winter dry skin can crack and flake, leaving you more exposed to outside irritants and more likely to have an inflammatory response. To help prevent winter dryness, moisturise your skin more often, use a humidifier in your home and take shorter showers in lukewarm water. Speaking of which…
  • SOAKING UP A LONG, RELAXING SHOWER
    SOAKING UP A LONG, RELAXING SHOWER
    While it may be a soothing escape, staying in the hot water for too long is one of the most common causes of very dry skin. Too much hot water removes the natural moisturising ability of skin’s surface cells. Soaps and harsh cleansers remove protective lipids and damage skin proteins, weakening the skin’s surface and exposing deeper and deeper layers to additional moisture loss. Your skin is not just losing water, it is losing the ability to retain water. So aim for a shower that is warm (not hot), limit the length of the shower to 5 – 10 minutes and seek out moisturising soaps and shampoos.
  • KEEPING YOUR COOL (AND YOUR HEAT)
    KEEPING YOUR COOL (AND YOUR HEAT)
    Whether it is freezing or boiling outside, getting a comfortable indoor temperature is as easy as a few taps of the heater or air-conditioner. But convenience comes with a cost for your skin. Both air conditioners and indoor heating can cause dry skin. They remove moisture from the air, which lowers the skin’s resistance and makes surface cells dry out. The temperature might be agreeable, but dry, itchy skin will often follow. To help prevent this, try occasionally using your fan instead of the air-conditioner. Restore moisture with a humidifier. And in general, aim for a temperature that is comfortable, but not too low or too high.
  • SKY-HIGH MOISTURE LOSS
    SKY-HIGH MOISTURE LOSS
    You are now arriving at your destination: dry skin. Flying on aeroplanes can lead to skin dryness because the pressurized air in the cabin contains virtually no humidity. While you are soaring 30,000 feet in the air, moisture is being stripped from your skin’s protective outer layer (also called the stratum corneum). This leads to itchiness and discomfort – the last thing that you need after sharing an armrest. To avoid dry skin that is caused by flying, refrain from drinking alcohol on the flight. It will only dry you out more. Instead, drink lots of water before, during and after your voyage. 
     
    It is important to remember that, when it comes to dry skin relief, there is prevention and there is repairing. Sun, dry winter air, air-conditioning  and travelling by plane are just a few of the common dry skin causes, and the solutions are (thankfully) quite simple. To heal skin that is already dry, you should moisturise regularly with a lotion that is designed to repair dryness and offer relief. From the first application, a restoring lotion will replenish the skin’s flexibility, its ability to seal in water, and will fill in the cracks to give your skin a smoother feel and appearance. With regular use, you can experience restored, repaired skin every day. 
     
    If you are struggling with dry skin that needs some TLC, be sure to give Vaseline Intensive Care a try – not only will your skin feel soft and smooth, but you skin’s moisture will also be restored after just one application.

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