5 Everyday Habits Which Can Lead To Dry Skin

5 Everyday Habits Which Can Lead To Dry Skin

1. Having long, hot baths or showers

Who doesn’t love a warm bubbly soak or a relaxing hot shower after a hard day’s work? Well, your skin doesn’t. The reason? Hot water is said to strip off skin’s protective lipids and weaken its barrier function, which is its first line of defence. When this happens, skin becomes dry and rough more easily over time. Double whammy: it also becomes more sensitive and irritable. Switch to lukewarm water instead and limit your bath time. Once you are out of the bath, apply a moisturiser – damp skin absorbs it more readily!

2. Working and living in an air-conditioned environment

Being in warm, humid Singapore means that most of us tend to work in an air-conditioned office and then go home to live and sleep in another air-conditioned environment. And let’s not forget the other hours spent in an air-conditioned car, restaurant, cinema and so on. Constant exposure to dry, cold air – your air-conditioner’s job is to suck up the humidity, hence moisture, in the air, after all – can dehydrate skin. The solution: have a room humidifier or leave a bowl of water in your room.

3. Sun exposure

Skin that is constantly exposed to the sun, without adequate protection, can lose moisture easily. The result: rough, even patchy, skin that is typical of those who work outdoor or take part in outdoor sports over long periods of time. Always apply and reapply sunscreen.

4. Not eating or drinking right

If you are on a stringent fat-free diet, you may be depriving yourself of essential fatty acids that are important for healthy skin. This can cause dryness and inflammation in the long run. Also, excessive consumption of alcohol and certain medications can dry out skin.

5. Using too many or using the wrong products

Yes, you can over-pamper your skin with too-frequent exfoliating or one too many chemical peel facials, for instance. You can also dry it out more easily by using the wrong products. For example, moisturisers that contain fragrances are known to irritate skin. Always pick a face cream formulated with hyaluronic acid as this is still the gold standard for hydrating skincare ingredients. Tip: choose a lighter formula so you will feel more motivated to apply your face moisturiser under makeup. Every day.

Former women’s magazine editor Pearlyn Tham bought her first foam cleanser and liquid foundation at the age of 13. More than 20 years later, she has since moved on to eye creams, liquid lipsticks and – her security blanket – sunscreens.

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