Why Does Skin Get Dry?

The general cause of itchy, dry skin might seem like a no-brainer: It is lack of moisture. But, how does that lack of moisture occur? The top layer of our skin is composed up of dead cells and natural oils, which help trap moisture to keep the skin soft and smooth. But, if there’s not enough water in this top layer of cells, which can happen if the protective oils are diminished, dry skin could result.

Your first thought when you experience dry skin may be to pile on moisturizer. And, while that’ll help and you’ll likely see changes within a few minutes, that’s a temporary solution. It may be more beneficial to get to the bottom of what’s causing the dryness in the first place. Below could be the following reasons:

Low outdoor temperature:

When outdoor temperatures fall, the air holds less moisture. Research shows that this can lead to excessively dry skin. Keep yourself well layered to avoid loss of moisture from the skin. Lower outdoor temperature can be one of the most unavoidable causes of dry skin. Make sure to hydrate your skin with potent butters that leads to an everlasting hydration.

Try our Deep Nourish Butter Balm for all the dry patches and see the magic.

Dehydration:

The body uses water to perform many of its essential processes and functions. If people use more water than they take in, they can become dehydrated. This affects the whole body and can cause dry skin. So, make sure to keep your hydration high (specially in winters!).

Vitamin or mineral deficiency: 

Skin requires nutrients to keep it healthy. If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, vitamin A, niacin, zinc, or iron, you can develop excessively dry skin. Make sure to eat up your veggies and fruits!

Your water is too hot:

Who doesn’t love a long hot shower? Unfortunately, the hotter the water, more the skin barrier is prone to getting damaged. Excessive exposure to hot water can strip the skin of essential oils leading to irritation and inflammation. So, keep your showers short and water lukewarm. 

You’re exfoliating more than necessary.

Exfoliating is without a doubt an important step in your skin-care routine, but you can overdo it. Experts recommend keeping it to a maximum of twice a week and even less frequently than that for dry skin. 

Try our Polish Up Brightening and exfoliating Clay Face Mask once or twice a week for a hydrating exfoliation.

Your soap may sap moisture from the skin and scalp:

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. Look only for gentle detergents and moisturizing shampoos and soaps.

To replenish our face with lock proof moisture post a drying face wash, try our Revival Skin Elixir. It has a blend of Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Avocado Oil, etc. which penetrates into the deeper layers and moisturizes to the core.

You’re applying your moisturizer at the wrong time.

In addition to selecting the right kind of moisturizer, you also want to make sure you’re applying it correctly to avoid dry skin. Put on your moisturizer when your skin is still damp is the best way to make sure it absorbs fully. 

Try our range of Body Oils which get absorbed quickly into the skin and keep it hydrated all day long.

Medications:

Many medications—both over the counter and prescription—come with the side effect of dry skin. Diabetes, thyroid disease, or kidney disease are conditions are known to cause excessively dry skin. Chemotherapy also can do a serious number on your skin (and nails, and hair). Make sure to use a heavy moisturizer and hydrate yourself well when on medication!

It’s genetic:

Some people are just born with genetically dry skin, making them more prone to flakiness than the average person. Scientists have found many mutations in essential proteins that play a role in forming the skin barrier. These mutations leave people with naturally dry skin. For people who have these hereditary predispositions, must apply a heavy a moisturizer with ceramides, a moisturizing protein that’s easily lost in their skin.

Age: 

With age, our skin produces less sebum, an oil that keeps skin soft and youthful. By your 40s, the amount of sebum your body makes drops dramatically. After 40, the amount of sebum your skin contains continues to drop. This causes dry skin.

Hydrate your skin with the right anti-ageing ingredients and increase collagen production – use our Infinity Face Elixir with the power of Rosehip oil, Pomegranate Oil, Hibiscus Extract, Jojoba Oil, etc. which deeply hydrate the skin and fight against age related dryness.