Why is My Skin so Dry? The Top Culprits for Dry Skin and What You Can Do About It.
Dry skin can be a year long issue if you aren't protecting your skin from moisture loss, but it can be especially rough this time of year when we spend more time indoors and the weather itself becomes drier.
If you are experiencing extra dry skin right now and are wondering what you can do about it, you have come to the right place! Here are some of the top reasons your skin is dry and some helpful tips to get your skin back to its hydrated, glowy self!
Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils. This can be very drying to your skin and you may get itchy and irritated.
One of the best ways to protect against dry skin from the shower is to apply light skin oils to your body before showering or bathing. There are great options for this and some of the best oils to use are sesame or almond oil. Some brands make shower oils just for this purpose! Oil will create a barrier on your skin so your natural sebum is protected.
You can also try to avoid stripping your oils by turning the temperature down and taking lukewarm showers.
Always moisturize after you shower or bathe to lock in moisture even further!
Heating from your home or car can dry out your skin and hair. Try to avoid being in direct contact with the hot air.
You can also protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and pants when in the heat. However, if you can't avoid it, a good moisturizer will greatly diminish the effects of indoor heating.
Use Oxygenetix Hydro-Matrix on your skin for nourishing hydration all day. The formula protects against environmental factors and also helps lock in your natural moisture levels.
Many body washes and face cleansers can dry out your skin. Pay attention to how your skin feels after cleansing. If it is "squeaky clean" or feels tight afterwards, chances are it is stripping your skin's oils and drying it out.
Use gentle soaps that are fragrance free and dermatologist recommended for sensitive skin. Find body washes that have moisturizing ingredients and feel luxurious on your body.
You have a compromised moisture barrier
Your moisture barrier is the outermost layer of your skin that protects from moisture loss and keeps your skin looking plump and healthy. It contains the skin's natural oils (sebum), nutrients, and moisture.
A lot of things can contribute to a compromised moisture barrier. If you are exfoliating too much you can strip the oils in your skin to the point that they have a hard time replenishing. The cleansers you use can harsh out your moisture barrier as well. If you are combating acne with spot treatments and acne products, this too can have a stripping effect.
If your moisture barrier is compromised your skin may breakout, start peeling, and become inflamed.
If you think your moisture barrier is compromised it is a good idea to get checked out by a licensed esthetician or dermatologist to find the best treatment to replenish your barrier.
You aren't moisturizing enough
Using a moisturizer daily is an important step in a good skincare routine. Use a medical grade moisturizer like Oxygenetix Hydro-Matrix before applying makeup.
If you want to unlock the highest potential of our Hydro-Matrix, apply it immediately after showering. The Hyaluronic Acid in the Hydro-Matrix formula will grasp onto the moisture in the air and lock in hydration.
You can apply moisturizer throughout the day as needed. There is no such thing as too much hydration to your skin!
We hope these tips help you stay moisturized all season long and beyond! Get your Oxygenetix today and be on your way to glowing skin.