Dry skin can be caused by a variety of different factors, such as nutritional deficiencies, harsh beauty products and some medical conditions. Dry skin can feel tight, itchy and uncomfortable, with some people experiencing noticeable cracking and flaking of the skin. Treating and preventing dry skin will depend on the cause, but most people find relief by taking a few self-help measures.
Eat well and drink water
Lack of essential nutrients, vitamins or minerals can lead to skin problems, including dryness, flaking and psoriasis. Nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E and high-quality protein are especially important for maintaining healthy skin cells, as these nutrients are crucial for the production of collagen. Eating plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean meat and oily fish provides the essential nutrients for healthy skin. And try skipping the sodas, juices and other beverages that aren’t plain ol’ water. We never drink enough of the stuff and it will do your skin good to take a day to hydrate with lots of water.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Many shower gels, soaps, bath foams and body lotions contain harsh chemicals that strip the skin of its natural oils. The skin’s natural oils provide a barrier of protection and help to keep the skin moisturized. Choose mild shower creams and body lotions that contain moisturizing properties, as these will be kinder to your skin and help to keep it hydrated.
Choose Fragrance-Free Products
Products that contain added fragrances can disrupt the skin’s natural oil production and cause skin reactions. Fragrances can be found in most skin products, including body scrubs, shower gels and bath foams, but there are plenty of fragrance-free alternatives on the market. Products containing alcohol and some artificial preservatives can also have a negative impact on oil productions.
Nourish Skin Regularly
Natural oils, such as olive, coconut, almond and avocado oil, help to nourish the skin and repair damage caused by sun exposure, environmental pollutants and harsh beauty products. Applying natural oils at least once a week can help to treat some skin conditions, including psoriasis. In addition, coconut oil provides some protection against sun damage.
Get Checked Out
Sometimes, dry skin can be caused by a medical condition that requires treatment. Hormone imbalances, diabetes and medical conditions affecting the thyroid can all cause dry skin. Many medications for common health complaints, such as acne, high blood pressure, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can also affect the skin.
Dry skin can be caused by a range of factors, including nutritional deficiencies, harsh beauty products and some medical conditions. Most people can treat and prevent dry skin by eating a balanced diet, choosing the right beauty products and checking for possible medical causes.