Dry skin is a common issue for many people and can be frustrating when it is uncomfortable, or makes skin look less than its best. At Nakin we have a full collection of natural moisturisers that will help dry skin and we especially recommend our Advanced Cleansing Milk for a cleanser, plus our Revitalising Face Oil to deeply nourish and comfort, our Performance Face Serum for all-round skin rejuvenation, our Eye Cream Complex for the eye area, our Active Dew Face Cream for a moisturiser in both the morning and evening, plus our Lip Treatment Balm. These all help dry skin by providing excellent plant-based hydration into the skin cells, and they really help to keep dry skin happy and comforted. Sometimes dry skin is just a case of using good skincare products and preventing dehydration, but it can be caused by many things such as genetics and menopause, in which case it can be hard to reduce completely.
Dry skin, medically known as xerosis, is a common skin concern that affects people of all ages. It can make you feel itchy, tight, and uncomfortable, and in some cases, even lead to serious complications such as cracks, fissures, and infections. But what are the causes of dry skin? It can be from our genetics but there are also lots of other factors that contribute to the condition.
- Weather conditions
One of the most common causes of dry skin is the weather. During the winter months, the air is dry due to the lower humidity level, and this can lead to dehydration of the skin. Similarly, exposure to sun and wind in the summer can also dry out the skin. If you spend periods outdoors, always apply sunscreen in the heat and lots of moisturiser in the cold weather, to keep your skin hydrated and protected.
- Hot showers and baths
While hot showers and baths are soothing and relaxing, they can also dry out your skin. The hot water can strip away the natural oils in your skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Therefore, it's recommended that you use lukewarm water when washing, and limit your showers or baths to no more than 10-15 minutes.
- Skin care products
It might be surprising but using the wrong skincare products, or using too much of them can cause dry skin. For instance, harsh synthetic soaps, cleansers, and scrubs that are too strong for the face can strip away the natural oils in your skin, leading to dryness and irritation. Similarly, overuse of exfoliants and toners can also cause dryness. Therefore, it's important to choose natural face products like ours that are suitable for your skin type.
- Medical conditions
Sometimes, dry skin can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Skin problems like eczema and psoriasis can cause dry skin, as can some thyroid disorders and diabetes. If your dry skin is persistent and severe, consult a medical professional who can diagnose and treat the underlying condition.
Finally, ageing is also a factor that contributes to dry skin. As we age, our skin produces less oil, and our skin's barrier function weakens, leading to dryness and wrinkles. To prevent and treat dry skin due to ageing, it’s important to practice good skincare habits, including applying moisturisers regularly, using gentle products like ours, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.
Dry skin is a common problem that can be caused by many factors, including the weather, hot showers, harsh skincare products, underlying medical conditions, and ageing. By understanding the causes of dry skin, you can take steps to prevent and treat it, such as staying hydrated, using gentle skincare products, and seeking medical treatment if necessary. Remember, good skincare starts with good habits, so make sure to take care of your skin daily for healthy and glowing skin.