5 Myths About Dry Skin

Monday, 22. July 2019

5 Myths About Dry Skin

Many people suffer from dry skin. However, there are still several myths that are believed to be helpful that indeed could have a negative impact on dry skin concerns. Oftentimes, our first instinct when tackling dry skin is to apply the richest, thickest moisturisers to combat the problem. This may not be the wisest step to take and could do more harm than good. Today, we're taking a closer look at 5 skincare myths relating to dry skin, what their effects are and how to better approach the problem instead.

Dry skin is a result of colder temperatures

Even though dry skin may occur during the colder months of the year when humidity is at its lowest, it is not only a result of colder temperatures. During summer, the use of air conditioners, intensive UV rays, saltwater and chlorine are all external factors that can take a toll on our skin. Warmer weather dehydrates the skin - therefore, it is essential to hydrate the body when residing in a warmer region or on holiday in a warmer country.

Drink more H2O

Dry skin is a condition whereby moisture is lost as a result of the skin's protective barrier not being able to lock in said moistured. It is vital to keep the body hydrated and consuming different kinds of food that have a higher water content such as cucumbers and watermelon. This, however, will have a positive impact on dehydrated skin as opposed to dry skin.

Use a richer moisturiser

Very rich creams not only have an unpleasant feel on the skin but may lead to breakouts if the skin is more dehydrated than dry. It helps to avoid artificial substances, such as silicones or mineral oils found in conventional moisturisers and instead opt for creams that contain natural ingredients that support the protective barrier of the skin. These include moisturisers enriched with jojoba and avocado oils, two key ingredients that have a higher water content that hydrates the skin for a longer period of time without causing any greasiness.

Facial scrubs cause more dryness

Facial scrubs that contain very hard beads damage the protective barrier of the skin and may aggravate dryness. But, foregoing complimentary cosmetics such as scrubs and exfoliants, may impair the effectiveness of subsequent skincare products used. It is therefore advised to use mild facial scrubs 1 - 2 times a week to remove any dead skin cells, which in turn, improves the absorptive power of cosmetics used thereafter.

Dry skin requires more oil-based products

Dry skin may arise from a deficit in natural oils produced by the skin but also requires a certain level of moisture and hydration. Facial oils alone do not suffice to preserve the moisture levels of the skin. It is therefore advised to apply a moisturiser to the skin in the morning and facial oil in the evening.

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