Dull, flaky, dry skin isn’t merely the result of icy winter weather. No matter the season, it’s possible to suffer from dry skin – and you might be surprised to learn the root causes behind it. When combined with colder temperatures, these five things can wreak havoc on your skin’s texture.
1. Hot Showers
Ahh, hot showers. They’re cozy, relaxing and soothing … and they’re probably drying out your skin. While you’re soaking under the scalding water, your skin is losing its protective barrier and getting stripped of its precious oils, resulting in moisture loss. So turn down the water temperature, and while you’re at it, use a body wash like Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter. Infused with a jar of Olay moisturizers in every bottle, it improves the condition of your skin over time.
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2. Scrubbing Your Face
Wait – isn’t exfoliation supposed to be good for your skin? Not when you’re buffing it full force. Scrubbing your face too hard to remove dirt and oil can disrupt your moisture barrier. Instead, try the ProX by Olay Advanced Cleansing System, which thoroughly cleanses as it gently exfoliates.
3. Sleeping with the Heat on High
When the temperature starts going down, it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat and snuggle under the covers. However, the hot air from your indoor heating is only going to eliminate moisture from your skin. Need the heat to keep from freezing overnight? Plug in a humidifier in your bedroom to ensure the air stays moist.
4. Using Certain Kinds of Soap
Bars of soap are common culprits for drying out skin, especially if you are using them on your face. Most bar soap leaves a residue that disrupts your skin’s natural barrier. If you insist on using bar soap, make sure to select a moisturizing bar that’s gentle enough for daily use, like the Olay Moisture Outlast Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Beauty Bar.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
What you put inside your body is reflected on the outside, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. The old “8 ounces, eight times a day” rule is commonly dismissed as a myth, and the reality is that everybody’s water needs differ. What’s not a myth? Your complexion will thank you for hydrating it, so drink up.