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Published on: 21 Feb 2017 by kelly45
Women often struggle to achieve beauty, including beautiful skin, because they tend to judge themselves based on the harsh and stringent standards set by the society. What they fail to understand is that being beautiful only counts their own, personal perception of themselves. Style star Coco Chanel said so earlier, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
The 7 surprising causes of dry skin.
Healthy, youthful looking skin is the product of many factors but, most obviously, that of bare naked, beautiful skin. While it’s easy to come to that conclusion, it’s almost never that easy to achieve this ideal state of skin — not oily, not dry skin.
Below, let’s deep dive into the causes of dry skin and what is in your power to do to correct this condition:
Poor diet and lack of exercise.
If you feed your body garbage, you see garbage. Of all the organs in your body, you see manifestations of poor health on your skin first. The state of your skin is often a prelude to some imbalance happening inside your body. So, when you notice getting more acne breakouts, dark under eye circles, enlarged pores and more irregularities in your skin complexion and texture, chances are you have an unhealthy condition beginning to unfold.
Stress and lack of sleep.
Notice how your skin becomes drier and duller the morning after spending the previous night out late dating or partying or finishing up an important monthly sales report. Staying up late to your skin means having less time available to repair damaged skin cells and rejuvenate your overall complexion.
When stress is chronic, it becomes more of a burden that an advantage. Stress and lack of sleep leave your pores wide open, allowing moisture to escape into the air around you as it leaves your skin with much less the level of hydration it needs to feel and look healthy.
Diseases and medications.
Some people are born with congenital skin condition like eczema which leaves skin dry and severely irritated. If you have this condition, you have a chronic tendency to have poorly constructed outer protective layer of skin which easily breaks but takes more time than normal to be rebuilt.
Acne and skin ageing treatments can have drying effect on the skin. So too do hypertension medications like Simvastatin. Other diseases, including diabetes, can leave skin dry and prone to inflammation. In which cases, you need to seek out professional advice for a possible medication replacement while some skin diseases may need prescription only drugs.
Skin, though it may seem highly impenetrable, is prone to irritation and inflammation. Most of the time, people claim that they have sensitive skin but, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, people often have hypersensitive reactions to harsh ingredients which their skin products are commonly laden with, most especially alcohols and fragrances.
Make it a habit to check the labels. Learn about ingredients to look for and to avoid so you can better understand what’s written on the package.
Extremely hot and cold environments.
Whether indoors or outdoors, extreme weather conditions can suck out the moisture from your skin. When outdoors, your best shield is layering protective clothing. Use the proper gears and clothes when you’re going out into the snowy winter surroundings or, if you’re expecting to soak in the sun longer than usual such as when diving or surfing.
When indoors, you have the liberty of adjusting the temp to a more forgivable level and even install a humidifier to keep the moisture content of surrounding air at a high level.
Too much washing.
Too much cleansing, most especially with water that is too hot or too cold, can easily dry skin. Keep to a twice daily cleanse. A third wash may be excused after you sweat from a workout. When you do cleanse, make sure to use only a mild cleanser and a lukewarm water to avoid damaging your skin.
Unnecessary sun exposure.
Protect your skin from the biggest culprit of dry and aging skin: the sun’s UV. Too much sunlight can permanently damage your skin’s ability to capture and retain moisture over long periods. Sunscreen is a good idea but the best solution is to stay in the shade when you don’t have anything important to do under the sun.
It’s time to say goodbye to dry skin. Stick to the tips above and you’ll be on your way to beautiful, well hydrated skin in no time.