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8 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Dry And Dehydrated: Vitamin Deficiency, Hot Showers, And More

Date March 7, 2018 16:23

Is your skin dry, flaky, and prone to redness and irritation? There are plenty of factors that influence the condition of your skin. Most often, changes in the condition of your skin result from changes in your environment (such as the air becoming dry), or things you do as part of your daily skincare routine. What you eat and drink also has an effect on the quality of your skin.

So, what leads to skin dryness and dehydration? Below are a few possible reasons why your skin is dry and lacks moisture.

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1. Dry air

Your skin is more prone to dryness when it's exposed to dry air. The air outside may be especially dry in winter months, and dry air inside can be caused by AC and heating. A humidifier can bring the levels of humidity in your home to normal levels.

2. Alcohol and other drinks that act as diuretics.

Drinking alcohol, coffee, tea or other drinks that cause faster loss of fluids without balancing their effect by drinking enough plain water can leave you dehydrated and make your skin drier. Try to limit alcohol, and if you're in the habit of drinking a lot of tea or coffee, don't forget to also drink plain water throughout the day.

3. Nutritional deficiencies

A lack of vitamin A, C, E, and essential fatty acids in your diet can make your skin dry and susceptible to irritation. Make changes in your diet to make it more diverse, and check the nutritional info on the products you eat most often. Your diet has to include plenty of different fresh fruits and vegetables and enough healthful fats (such as those found in nuts, avocado, and olive oil).

4. Smoking

Not only does smoking cause skin discoloration, but it can interfere with circulation, which in turn leads to your skin getting less oxygen and nutrients.

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5. Hot showers and baths

If you have dry and sensitive skin, taking long hot showers or baths can make your skin even drier and lead to irritation. In people with oily skin, hot showers and baths can lead to their skin getting even more oily, as hot water washes off the natural protective layer of the skin.

6. Waiting too long to moisturize.

Moisturizer is the most effective if it's applied right after you get out of the shower. To lock in moisture, apply a moisturizer when your skin is still slightly damp after gently patting it with a towel.

7. Use of harsh soaps and wrong skin care products.

Antibacterial and fragrant soaps are not good for your skin, especially if you wash it with soap too frequently. You may want to try baby soap instead. In addition to that, use only skin care products that are designed for your skin type and age.

8. Aging.

Our oil glands become less active as we age, so it's quite natural for the skin to become more prone to dryness as you get older. Choose only top-quality skin care products (preferably those intended for your age) to keep your skin in a good condition.

If your skin issues persist, consult your doctor or a dermatologist about ways to make your skin healthier. If you also experience other symptoms along with skin dryness, your doctor will find out their cause.

Source: BT, The International Dermal Institute, BootsWebMD

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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