You don’t need us to tell you that dry skin is less than skin.
Your skin’s elastic natural state plays a protective role, keeping it soft and supple.
When it becomes dry, it can look rough, blotchy, and lined.
Your skin doesn’t reflect light in the same way as hydrated skin.
Put simply, it is tricky to treat, because there are a surprising number of triggers going on.
A few of these we have listed below, to help you with your dry skin woes.
Reasons your skin can become dry
- a poor skincare routine
- overzealous exfoliation
- deficient in the gene filaggrin
- environmental aggressors such as UV and pollution
- a lack of essential fatty acids in your diet including linoleic acid
- over-treating the skin, topical retinoids are a classic example of this
- poor lifestyle choices; including recreational drugs, smoking, and alcohol
- harsh, astringent products, which can cause inflammation in the skin tissues
- dry skin on the face can be due to a hormonal imbalance, such as pregnancy or menopause
- low humidity levels and low temperature, drying heat in winter, air conditioning in summer, can lead to dehydrated skin
- ageing, for instance, sudoriferous glands can become less active with age, causing the skin to become dry and parched
- overstimulation from incorrectly performed beauty treatments, this may include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatments, and microneedling
- washing with soap, which can strip moisture from your skin. Overwashing can also exacerbate dry skin – the hotter the water, the stronger the effect, opt for tepid water instead
The following tips and tricks will help take your skin from rough to smooth.
What happens when your skin becomes dry?
Dry skin is usually a sign that your skin’s protective barrier has become impaired, this can cause nerve endings to become exposed and surface cells to dry out, making your skin extremely sensitive.
Once gaps appear between the cell walls, your skin becomes red, itchy, and inflamed.
Poor barrier function combined with insufficient lipids between epidermal cells allows for easier penetration of foreign bodies, and irritating ingredients to penetrate deeper into your dermis, causing inflammation in the skin’s tissues.
This inflammation can cause several biochemical reactions to occur within your skin, which over time can lead to the breakdown of fibroblasts, collagen, and elastin in our dermis – internal scaffolding becomes undermined, leading to visible signs of premature ageing.
This article looks at the complex biological processes that occur with skin ageing and how dry skin can affect this process, leading to premature ageing.
Treating your dry skin
If you have dry skin it should be treated seriously, otherwise, it can manifest into something more insidious in the future, so getting the balance right is important.
A lack of oil and dry air is, of course, the enemy of dry skin, but so, counterintuitively, is water. Applied to the surface of your skin, water takes natural skin oils with it as it evaporates, causing your skin to dry out.
Surfactants, soaps, detergents, and almost anything that foams will further compound the water-evaporating situation, breaking up and dispersing the skin’s natural oils with extreme efficiency. On top of stripping oil, surfactants can also inflame your skin, further disrupting the barrier function.
Thus, implementing an effective cleansing routine is an important part of caring for your dry skin. An oil cleanser like miracle cleanse will protect your skin with valuable lips, buffering the harsh effects of the cleansing process.
If you’d like to learn more about how best care for your skin, this routine will have your skin going from rough to smooth in no time at all.
Dry skin 101:https://beautytap.com/2018/05/dry-skin-101/
Caring for dry skin: https://www.vogue.com/article/how-to-get-rid-of-dry-skin-winter-eye-cream-face-serum-mask-scrub
Dry skin an experts guide:https://style.nine.com.au/latest/dry-skin-101-an-experts-guide-to-hydrated-happy-skin/9fde88ed-959a-450d-a249-580e18731a4f