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10 Ways You're Drying Out Your Skin

Some dry skin is unavoidable – but could your day-to-day routine be making symptoms worse?

 Written by: 100% PURE®

Dry skin can be a real drag. It might feel like every few hours you’re slathering on body cream or hand lotion, but even after all your efforts, you’re still suffering from pesky, repetitive dry skin. Skin dryness can happen at any time of year, and to anyone. We’re breaking down the top reasons how you could be drying out your skin, and a few might surprise you!

Learn how to properly combat your dry skin, and familiarize yourself with the crucial difference between lack of moisture and dehydration. Keep reading and we’ll teach you how to banish dry skin for good!

10 Major Culprits of Dry Skin
  1. Weather

    Dry skin can be more common in the fall and winter seasons. When the humidity levels drop and stay low, our skin tends to dry out faster. If your dry skin is feeling tight and flakey, swap in a heavy hitter like Blood Orange Cleansing Balm to moisturize while cleansing. The trifecta of avocado, coconut, and olive oil help deeply clean your dry skin while naturally moisturizing oils leave behind soft, silky skin.

  2. Water Temperature

    We feel you. A long, steamy hot shower with Vanilla Bean Shower Gel is the ultimate stress reliever. So how could we ask you to give up this quality “me” time?! Well, you’re taking away from other quality “me” time if you’re too busy dipping your full body in a vat of body lotion to ward off extra dry skin caused by that muscle relaxing, steaming hot water.

    We’re not telling you what you want to hear, but it’s the truth – so listen up! Hot water is ruining your skin (and hair). When the temperature is turned up, you’re stripping your skin of essential natural oils, which is the main problem behind dry skin. We aren’t asking you to join the Wim Hof method with extra cold showers. We’re just saying that lowering your shower temperature to lukewarm (versus hot) output could change your beauty game… forever. You could notice reduced or even completely halted dry skin symptoms with this little change. You’re welcome!

  3. Chemical Additives

    Drying ingredients like alcohol in your facial toner are exacerbating your dry skin problems. Cheap, toxic fillers can also result in overall dry, irritated skin. When looking for a toner, look for skin hydrating ingredients like chia seed water, algae, and sea kelp. They’re all found in our Restorative Sea Culture Hydrating Toner, working together to plump, intensely hydrate, and soften skin.

  4. Aging

    We grow older and our skin changes – and that’s just the way it goes. With wisdom comes dry skin, but armed with the proper knowledge we can ditch the latter. As we age, we’re more likely to develop dry skin because our pores are producing less oil. Our luxurious Multi Vitamin Antioxidants Ultra Riché PM Treatment features anti-aging powerhouse vitamins in a moisturizing base of avocado oil and shea butter. This ultra-rich night cream helps combat dry skin, while replenishing skin with a youthful glow.

  5. Skin Conditions and Medications

    This is a two-for because of its tricky nature. Dry skin can be the unfortunate result of genetics, but can also be caused by medication side effects. Both of these are a tad more difficult to completely eradicate the resulting dry skin, but there are ways to get dry skin under control. Extremely drying medication ingredients, especially traditional acne programs, can cause dry skin as well as simply having a family history of skin conditions like eczema. We’d recommend trying a single ingredient moisturizer like Argan Oil. This natural oil is rich with skin nourishing properties like healing vitamin E, carotenes, squalene, and essential fatty acids that can help deeply moisturize sensitive or sensitized dry skin.

  6. A pH Imbalance

    A quick chemistry lesson: skin care that has too high or too low pH is not helping your dry skin. You’re looking for the Goldilocks of pH, which would be right in the middle. When a skin care product’s pH is out of whack, it can cause dry skin, inflammation, or acne. Swap in a pH-balanced product like the Restorative Sea Culture Replenishing Serum, which uses the power of seaweed polysaccharides to saturate dry, thirsty skin with intense hydration.

    PRO TIP: Not sure about the pH balance of your skin care products? Take a trip down memory lane, to your high school chemistry class – and buy some pH test strips. You’re looking for something between 5.5 and a neutral 7, but you can always ask your dermatologist what’s right for your specific skin type.

  7. Dehydration

    When dry skin is caused by dehydration, it’s a lack of water within the skin. Dry skin can be caused by the lack of drinking enough hydrating fluids or via evaporation: TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss). Dehydrated skin can cause a loss of elasticity and enhanced appearance of fine lines or wrinkles. To help hydrate dry skin topically, try incorporating a Deep Hydration Mask or the hydrogel Green Tea Water Bomb Mask. Both sheet and hydrogel facial masks are intensely hydrating, and a quick fix for dry skin. Replenish your skin’s natural hydration with soothing aloe, cucumber, and hyaluronic acid to refresh and revive thirsty skin.

  8. Excessive Washing

    While we appreciate a good cleansing session, especially after a long day or a heart-pumping gym visit, there IS such a thing as over-cleansing. When we are excessively washing our faces (or hands for that matter) multiple times throughout the day, we’re messing with the natural barrier (aka skin) directly causing dry skin. Our skin is made up of NMF (natural moisturizer factor), oil, and water: three key factors to keeping our skin functioning properly. Using conventional, harsh soaps and cleansers strip your skin of its natural hydration. Opt for natural cleansers, like the Coconut Oil Cleansing Milk or Argan Oil Creamy Cleanser: both are loaded with skin hydrating ingredients that will gently cleanse without causing dry skin.

  9. Excessive Exfoliation

    Exfoliation is critical to any well-rounded skin care routine. Once or twice a week is the maximum need for an exfoliator like the Acai Pulp Facial Scrub. When you overdo exfoliating, you’re stripping your skin of precious lipids and moisture which causes symptoms of dry skin to flare up. If you’re looking for a daily gentle exfoliator, we’d recommend using a natural facial cleanser with a Konjac Sponge. Made from konjac and bamboo charcoal, our natural sponge is able to gently draw out dirt and oil while gently buffing away dead skin cells and dry skin patches.

  10. Using the Wrong Moisturizer

    We now know a few solutions for ample hydration, but did you know that you could be using the wrong skin care product to re-moisturize your dry skin? There’s a key point to remember when selecting the correct facial moisturizer for dry skin: you’ll need both ample oil (moisture) and ample hydration (water) to get the job done.

    Essentially, a moisturizer is designed to add oil to your skin, while helping to repair and reinstall a lipid barrier. Some moisturizers are higher in water versus oil, so you’re not giving your skin the deep oil-based moisturization it’s craving. Our Restorative Sea Culture Extra Riche Créme was formulated with shea and bacurri seed butters to seal in precious water, while drenching your skin in nutrient-rich minerals and hydrating sea and land botanicals. It’s the best of both worlds!

Now that you've learned the top ten reasons you could have dry skin, you'll be able to squash that flakey, scaly skin in its tracks. Knowing the difference between moisture and hydration is more than half the battle. Both are critical for healthy, soft skin. If you’re still having trouble selecting the perfect skincare product to help your dry skin, we’d love to help! Reach out to our estheticians or visit one in a store near you for a one-on-one skin consultation.

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The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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