If we all had an ideal skin type, dry skin would most definitely not be it. Apart from making our skin look dull and lifeless, dry skin also tends to be uncomfortable and irritating. The condition is sometimes marked by itching, scaling, and even cracking, which is really not a pleasant experience.
Dry skin can occur for a variety of reasons. Some have naturally dry skin, but sometimes the environment and even our lifestyles contribute to the condition.
Here are just some of the top external causes of dry skin:
- Cold weather
Cold weather can be pleasant and refreshing, but watch out, because when the temperature drops, the humidity level drops as well. This simply means the air is dry and this can leave the skin parched.
- Hot showers
After a long day, we tend to crave the soothing comfort of a steamy shower. While it does relax the body, it doesn’t do any favors for your skin. The hot temperatures dry out the skin’s natural oils, so the longer you stay under the warm spray, the more your skin dries out. Keep your temperature to lukewarm and try to keep your shower time short.
- Harsh soaps
Not all soaps are created equal. Using harsh soaps with strong fragrances can be harmful to your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Instead, go for a mild, moisturizing soap like Moringa-O² Herbal Body Soap that is specially formulated to cleanse and moisturize dry skin.
Go easy on the loofah. Scrubbing your skin won’t make it cleaner. The friction created by the rubbing strips the skin and just enhances dryness. Instead, just use your hands or a soft washcloth that won’t rough up your skin. This is also true for when you towel off after a shower. Pat your skin gently instead of rubbing the towel on your skin so you don’t lose shower moisture.
If your favorite shirt or bedspread is making you itch, it could be the fabric or what you’re using to clean it. Some materials, laundry detergents, or fabric softener can really irritate the skin. For this, it’s best to go with fragrance-free or dye-free products, or products specially formulated for sensitive skin.
Equip your beauty arsenal with a skin care line that nourishes and moisturizes skin safely. Moringa-O² hair and skin care carries the many benefits of Moringa, Olive Oil and Omega (from Sunflower Oil).