There are various factors that can contribute to moisture loss in our skin. But, before we discuss those factors, it’s important to understand why moisturizing our skin is necessary. If we don’t moisturize our skin properly, it becomes prone to dryness. How many times have you been tempted to scratch at dry skin? It temporarily alleviates the annoying sensation, but that’s just it – it’s only temporary. In fact, scratching at dry skin can cause it to become irritated, which turns your skin red, flaky, and rough. To get rid of skin irritation at the source, it’s important to properly hydrate your skin.
What Causes Moisture Loss in Skin?
Now, we’ll go into a few causes of moisture loss so you can recognize the things in your life that might be causing it. One of the main causes of moisture loss is exposure to dry climates. This is especially prevalent in the winter, because the cold air mixed with the dry climate can bombard your skin the second you step outside. If you expose yourself to harsh climates without properly hydrating your skin (before and after), then you might experience moisture loss. That’s why your skin dries out so easily during the harsh winter months, because it’s unable to retain moisture!
Turn Down The Heat
Who here likes to take a nice, long, and hot shower? I think we all do every now and then. It feels great, and it can be quite relaxing, but did you know that taking a hot shower can dry out your skin? The hot water removes the natural oils in your skin that are used to retain moisture. You won’t notice it while you’re showering, but as soon as you step out and dry off, you’ll notice something is amiss. Your skin will be rough and dry, and you’ll want nothing more than to moisturize. To avoid this, it’s advised that you monitor the temperature of your shower. A long, hot shower is okay every now and then, but make sure you’re moisturizing your skin afterward to ensure a silky smooth complexion!
Drop The Soap
Unfortunately, as we age, our skin gets a lot worse at retaining moisture. Less water-trapping molecules are created, which leaves almost every layer of the epidermis barren. Our skin also makes fewer moisturizing factors (things like ceramides and hyaluronic acid), which ultimately results in dry skin. How can you prevent this? Well, it’s impossible to prevent age, but you can do a few things to slow down the moisture-loss process. First, instead of using a lathering soap when you shower, use a mild soap that doesn’t lather. Why? Lathering soaps yank the fats out of your skin – fats that your skin needs to remain healthy and smooth. You can also use natural skin creams that replace the moisturizing factors that your skin can no longer produce. Before you choose a cream, it’s wise to take a look at the ingredient label to ensure it’s the right one for the particular skin problem you’re having.
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
Once you’ve found a skin care product that works well with your skin, make sure you are moisturizing daily. The best way to fight moisture loss is to constantly introduce more moisture, which can be done with an effective hydrating cream!