What Causes Dry Skin?
An irritating side effect of the cold weather for a growing number of people, dry skin on hands and legs is a real issue for some. Today we’ll take a look at what causes dry skin, what you can do to mitigate it, and the most effective dry skin treatments.
A host of different factors can cause dry skin including excess bathing and taking too many showers, unprotected exposure to sun, genetics and climate extremes like wind, heat, and cold. Dry skin tends to be hereditary and it is more likely to be felt with age, due to the fact that the sebaceous glands lubricating and protecting our skin are no longer producing enough oil.
Dry skin in the winter
Dry skin in the winter is becoming a growing problem, with more and more of us suffering from this weather induced condition each year. Most commonly, people suffer with dry skin on hands and legs, however, it can found on other parts of the body too.
As the seasons shift and the temperature drops, so too does the humidity. This drop in humidity causes our skin to lose its ability to retain moisture ( up to 25% in some cases!) Compounding the problem, high winds and adverse weather like rain and snow can affect our skin, leaving it red and irritated. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to stop weather induced dry skin, apart from regularly moisturising. A quick fix to combat the bitter winter weather is to keep a small tube of hand cream on your person so you can combat this issue on the go.
Dry skin treatments
You can make your skin glow again by making sure you add these simple yet effective steps into your daily skincare routine:
Wash with hydrating shower gel
If you suffer with dry skin, make sure you treat your skin to a purpose-made, moisture-rich shower gel.
These shower gels are sure to be kind for skin and include skin-loving Vitamin B5 to help reinforce your skin’s barrier, retain moisture levels and promote increased hydration.
Exfoliate to get rid of dry skin
Exfoliating should be a key step in any skincare routine, especially for improving dry skin. We recommend a gentle exfoliated with naturally occurring exfoliates such as almond or olive.
Exfoliating will rejuvenate dry skin, remove impurities and leave you with soft, glowing skin.
Help keep dry skin at bay by moisturising your skin daily. Make sure you swap your moisturiser to suit the seasons, opting for a lighter moisturiser in the summer months and a richer moisturiser for the colder seasons.
Nourish dry hands
When it comes to your daily skincare routine, don’t forget about your hands! Our hands are always hard at work so they need some extra care, especially during the colder seasons when they are more prone to suffer from dryness.
A simple hand a nail cream is the perfect size to pop in your bag so you can keep your hands well-nourished whilst on the go. These hand creams contain skin-loving moisturisers such as Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 to help condition your hands.