5 Unexpected Ways You're Drying out Your Skin

5 Unexpected Ways You're Drying out Your Skin

See five reasons why the changing weather isn’t the only culprit affecting your dry complexion.

By: Nadine Jolie

Dull, flaky, dry skin isn't merely the stuff of arctic winters. No matter the season, it's possible to suffer from a dry complexion — and you might be surprised to learn the root causes behind it. When combined with colder temperatures, these things can really wreak havoc on the skin’s texture. Here are five unexpected ways you might be drying out your skin.

1. Hot Showers
Ahh, hot showers. They're cosy. They're relaxing. They're soothing. And they're all but guaranteed to completely zap your skin of all hydration. While you're there, soaking under the scalding water in pure bliss, your skin is losing its protective barrier and getting stripped of its precious oils. This results in moisture loss. You're much better off with a warm shower — and don't forget to apply moisturizer afterward!

2. Scrubbing Your Complexion
Isn't exfoliation supposed to be good for your skin? Not when you're buffing it full force. Your complexion is soft and sensitive, and scrubbing too hard to remove dirt and oil can disrupt your moisture barrier. Instead, gently exfoliate your skin with a soft washcloth or an exfoliator designed specifically for your skin type. You'll have smooth, gorgeous skin in no time!


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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 like a bug in a rug. However, the hot air from your indoor heating is only going to eliminate moisture. Need the heat to keep from freezing overnight? Make sure you install a humidifier in your room to ensure the air stays moist.

4. Using Soap
Bars of soap are common culprits for drying out skin, especially if you are using them on your face. Soap contains components that leave a residue, and this residue disrupts your skin's natural barrier. If you insist on using a soap bar, make sure you're choosing a moisturizing bar with hydration, like Olay Ultra Moisture Bar featuring shea butter.

5. Not Drinking Enough Water
What you put inside your body is reflected on the outside. So make sure you're drinking ample liquids, especially water. The old 2 litres per day rule is commonly dismissed as a myth, but 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.

What’s your favourite winter skincare tip?

Nadine is a former beauty editor, the author of two beauty books, a Los Angeles resident, has appeared as a beauty expert on Today, Tyra, CNN and MSNBC, and teaches beauty classes. She has written for Lucky, Cosmopolitan and Jane and is a beauty contributor to ‪VanityFair.com. You can find her at her website ‪Nadine Jolie.

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