Dry skin is a very common thing to deal with at certain points in your life. Maybe it’s seasonal, maybe it’s reoccurring, maybe it’s a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema or maybe it’s a certain habit you have that is drying you out. Whatever the reason, dry skin is not great to have. It doesn’t feel good or look good. Why does this keep happening? Well, let’s look at the list of reasons why your skin is cracking. If it is winter, many of you are not shy with dealing with dried out, cracking, and itching skin. Dry skin is quite common in the winter, when the humidity level outside drops. When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin will evaporate much faster and this dries out your skin. It doesn’t help that a lot of indoor heating tends to help along with the process of your skin starting to look a bit reptilian. Dry, indoor air dries out your skin as well as your mucous membranes (yay for nosebleeds AND dry skin this winter!). The best solution for this is to apply a rich, natural lotion or body butter of sorts to protect your skin from the dryness of the heat indoors and to wear proper clothing to shield yourself from the elements outdoors.
Another reason for skin dryness is prolonged exposure to water – especially hot water. Excessive hot water can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. If you get out of the bath or shower and your skin feels tight, it’s dried out. If you want to at least reduce this problem then you should choose showers over baths. If you’re accustomed to waking up in the morning with a long, steamy shower, dermatologists have some advice: limit showers to a few minutes and skip the hot water. Is it harsh? Yes, does it work? Also yes. Speaking of showers, soap can quickly strip away your skin’s protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. Combined with taking long, hot showers it’s no wonder our skin cracks in the winter! While we all grew up being told to wash our hands quite regularly to get rid of germs, however, while we were busy scrubbing away with that harsh antibacterial soap, we are completely drying out our hands! Look for milder, ideally unscented soaps made from a natural, vegetable glycerin base.
Usually, dry skin is caused by external factors. But sometimes, it can be a sign of a something going on internally, whether it’s a natural physiological change or an illness. Dry skin happens to a lot of people as they get older or if they have a skin disorder such as eczema or psoriasis, or if you have hypothyroidism or if you are malnourished or dehydrated, these can all result in dry skin. The best way to treat these cases of dry skin depends on the underlying condition. Sometimes, getting supplements (especially ones that will clean, alkalize and revitalize your body from the inside out) for the underlying condition directly will resolve the dry skin. But in other cases, you might still need to follow some of the basic dry skin care. While dry skin on occasion could be an indicator of certain disorders, it is really nothing more than an annoyance. The best thing you can do is make sure to get plenty of water, stay active, keep your skin clean and moisturize with something natural, scent free and light and you will definitely be able to get rid of that flakey, itchy, dry skin.