If you see a white scratch forming when you run your fingernail against your skin, you’ve got dry skin. Dry skin that is left untreated can become tight, weak, flaky, and prone to skin conditions.
Here are some of the reasons why you may be experiencing this:
1. You Wash Too Often
Keeping yourself clean is great, but using harsh products excessively will leave your skin feeling dry.
Our skin comes with a natural moisture barrier that consists of water, oil, and other natural moisturizing factors. When we bathe using body washes, shower gels, or even some cleaners, it strips our skin of these essential hydrators, causing it to feel dry and parched.
Dermatologists recommend opting for oil-based cleansers and limit their use. Using too much of even the best products can be bad for the skin.
2. Washing With Very Hot Water
It’s no secret that showering with hot water is incredibly relaxing, but while your mind may be at ease under a hot shower, your skin is likely irritated. The skin isn’t designed to withstand high temperatures.
Hot water breaks down our skin’s natural barrier, strips its oils, and causes inflammation and irritation. If you have tight, flaky skin, it’s likely because you have long, hot showers.
Dermatologists suggest not showering for longer than 10 minutes, using temperate water, and patting your skin dry.
3. There’s a pH Imbalance
Our skin is on slightly on the acidic side of the pH scale because it needs to protect us from bacteria and environmental triggers.
Conventional bar soaps have an alkaline pH that disturbs the outer layer of the skin and makes us prone to bacteria. For healthy skin, we need cleansing agents that match our skin’s natural pH.
You can also opt for gentle cleansers that allow you to clean your skin without disturbing its pH.
4. You’re Exfoliating Excessively
It’s tempting to exfoliate rough skin in an attempt to get the smooth, supple skin you want, but exfoliating excessively will further aggravate your skin.
If you have dry skin, use a gentle body scrub no more than twice a week, and make sure to moisturize afterward to replenish all the essential oils.
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