Don’t Do It! Top Reasons Why You Could Be Drying Your Skin Out

Lisa Cohen Lee

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Got dry skin? Then you may be to blame. Of course, genes play a role, but if you've noticed that your skin has gone from dry to drier recently, then it’s likely you need to adjust your routine with some skincare and lifestyle tweaks.  We've got the top reasons for dry skin and treatments below, so go ahead, make the changes and presto--your skin will be back to normal again:

Temperature Extremes:  Skin hydration levels fluctuate with the temps. If you’re constantly moving from indoors to out—stuck in air conditioning or forced heat—the lack of humidity in the air is zapping moisture from your skin. When indoors, apply a lightweight, water-based lotion or spritz the skin with hydrating mist to keep moisture levels intact.

Skipping Fish: Fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that keep your skin supple. Salmon and fatty tuna are two types that have lots of omegas, but if fish isn’t your favorite, then pop a daily supplement high in omegas.

Not Getting Enough Water: Eight glasses of H2O a day is what experts recommend, but we all tend to slide on this a bit, don’t we? Replace that Venti-sized cup of Joe (coffee can make you lose water) with a smaller Tall-sized one, and carry around a bottle you can fill from the tap.

Over-exfoliating: Exfoliating off dead skin cells with a glycolic or scrub is a good thing, since you’ll reveal the glowing, fresh skin underneath. But more than twice a week of that good thing is going to strip your skin of its natural oils and dry it out (overdosing on Retin-A has the same effect).  Stop for a few days, and as a dry skin treatment, use a nourishing, deep mask to soothe and moisturize irritation and flakes.

Do you find yourself doing anything that dries out your skin? Know about a good dry skin treatment? Share it with us in the comments section.

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