5 lesser-known causes of dry skin

Many factors can cause dry skin. Here are five that just may surprise you!

THE CANADIAN WINTER

As temperatures start to plummet, it’s important to make sure your skin is ready by moisturizing it properly: bitter cold and strong winds are two of the most common causes of dry skin. The reason? The dryer and colder air gets, the more it absorbs moisture from your skin. The result? The skin itches and feels tight.

The solution: Protect yourself from harsh winter weather by dressing up warmly when you step outside. Make sure to protect the skin on your face with a cold cream and the skin on your body with a thick creamy balm that will act as a barrier against the cold.

HEAT

A hot bath feels great when it’s cold outside. But watch out, hot water can also dry out your skin and eliminate the natural oils produced by your body. The same goes for heating systems that can remove moisture from ambient air.

The solution: If you have dry skin, limit yourself to one shower or bath per day to avoid skin problems. When you have to take an extra shower—say, after a workout—make sure you use moisturizing soap and apply a nourishing balm all over your body afterward. Opt for a warm (not hot) shower or bath and make sure to close your bathroom door to trap the humidity inside the room. And as a substitute for regular soap for your face and body, opt for gentle cleansing creams. Once you step out of the shower or bath, delicately

A POOR DIET

Nutritionists agree: when you’re not eating right, your skin is the first to suffer. Since skin is the outer covering of the body, the blood will carry nutrients to the rest of your body first, which means bad eating habits can dry your skin.

The solution: Certain nutrients can help fight dehydration. Vitamin B5 and vitamin E, for instance, help moisturize the skin. You can find them in multigrain bread and nuts, as well as almonds and cabbage. Unsaturated fatty acids for their part are rich in lipids. Fill up on them by eating fatty fish (salmon, trout, sardines) and oils with a lot of omega-3 like nut and rapeseed oil. And try to avoid alcohol, coffee or tea which can cause dehydration.

CLOTHING MADE FROM SYNTHETIC FABRICS

Synthetic fabrics—such as nylon, polyester, acrylic, elastane and microfiber—can irritate and dry sensitive skin. This is because clothing made from these materials doesn’t always let the epidermis breathe, making you sweat. In fact, sweat is your worst enemy in winter.

The solution: It’s better to wear clothing made from natural plant or animal fibres such as cotton, hemp, flax, silk and wool (especially burlap, alpaca, cashmere, angora, mohair and ramie). And make sure to change out of damp or wet clothing to avoid getting cold and drying your skin even more.

GENETIC CAUSES

In most cases, skin diseases are genetic, not chronic. Eczema and psoriasis, among others, can be transmitted from one generation to the next. The common thread to these skin ailments? Both present dry skin as a symptom. Eczema can make skin red, swollen and itchy while psoriasis can cause a burning sensation and irritation. Parents will want to opt for a specialized care routine for their little ones who are affected.

The solution: First and foremost, avoid scratching and consult a dermatologist. Until then, moisturize your inflamed or irritated skin several times a day with hypoallergenic products that do not contain perfume or alcohol. Our cosmetician will be happy to recommend such products.

  

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5 lesser-known causes of dry skin

Many factors can cause dry skin. Here are five that just may surprise you!
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