How do you know you have dry skin?
When you skin feels dry you generally feel like it's itchy and lacks moisture. When dryness is severe it may indicate an underlying skin issue or health condition (more on that below). If the dryness is so severe that it interferes with your ability to work or sleep, if the skin becomes cracked or bleeds, or if it doesn’t seem to be responding to prescription treatment, be sure to visit your primary care doctor. However, if your skin just dries out for no good reason these could be the reasons.
1. Using products with fragrance
Fragrance has a tendency to irritate dry skin or make it worse, so avoid deodorants and skin-care products that are filled with fragrance .Check the ingredients list for the word "fragrance," and remember "fragrance-free" is your friend. Body lotions and creams may do more harm than good when packed with perfumes. Read labels carefully. Use our SIMPLE range products for dry or sensitive skin.
2. Using normal soap
Many soaps, detergents, and shampoos subtract moisture from your skin and scalp, as they are formulated to remove oil. It’s important to carefully choose face washes, body washes, and laundry detergents. Using only moisturizing body wash is better than a harsh bar soap.
3. Hard water can prevent moisture
When tap water contains a high concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium, it's known as hard water. Those minerals can leave a film on skin that causes dryness. Investing in a home filtration system, whether a whole-house treatment or one that attaches to the faucet, can help.
4. Dry air
Sometimes the air inside can be as punishing on your skin as the air outside. Forced air, especially heat, can draw humidity levels down, making skin feel dry and itchy. A humidifier can help restore moisture to the air in your house. You can also use a basin to occasionally steam your face.
5. Long, hot showers can dehydrate your skin
It might be tempting to stand under the steaming-hot water for an extended period of time, especially during the cold months. But the practice could end up creating issues with your skin.Taking long and steaming showers or baths can dry out the moisture in your skin.