It seems like if you could just find the right moisturizer it could be the answer to all of your skin woes. But in reality, your skin may still feel dry and itchy no matter how expensive your creams and lotions are. While finding the beauty products that work best for you is an essential step in your skincare regimen, breaking the habits that dehydrate your skin is no less important.
We at Bright Side decided to take a closer look at some seemingly innocent habits that are standing in the way of achieving your dream skin.
1. You’re drinking too much water.
As contradictory as it sounds, drinking too much water can actually damage your skin. Although staying hydrated is crucial for our overall health, an excessive amount of water can cause your body to lose essential minerals. This, in turn, may affect your skin and make it look lifeless and dull. It’s better to treat dry skin from the outside, using the right products and making lifestyle changes that your skin will thank you for.
2. You’re taking long showers.
Taking a long hot shower might be a great way to relax after a long day, but it can actually stress out your skin. Hot water removes oil and moisture that your skin needs to stay plump and vibrant, and the longer the shower the more it will dry out your skin. It’s safer to take short lukewarm showers using milder soaps that won’t damage your skin’s protective barrier.
3. You’re applying your moisturizer at the wrong time.
Using a moisturizer at optimal times can help you reap all of its benefits. Instead of drying your face and then applying a cream, put it on when your skin is still damp. This will help to lock in moisture and hydrate your skin much better than if you were applying the product to completely dry skin. In fact, Korean women, known for their flawless porcelain skin, apply moisturizer within just 3 seconds of washing their face.
4. You’re sleeping without socks.
Wearing socks in bed can allow you to get better sleep, prevent hot flashes, and keep those annoying cracked heels at bay. Applying cream and wearing socks can reduce your chances of waking up with dry skin on your heels.
5. You’re rubbing your face with towels.
Rubbing your skin with a harsh cotton towel can dry out and irritate sensitive skin, making it look reddish and feel itchy. To avoid further irritation, let your skin air dry.
6. You’re eating eggs too often.
Although eggs are a great source of protein, they can cause skin dryness when eaten excessively. Eggs are high in vitamin A, and eating too much of it may negatively affect your skin. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your morning omelet for the sake of your skin, just make sure to eat no more than 3 eggs in a day.
7. You’re using the wrong moisturizer.
If you feel like your moisturizer does nearly nothing for your skin, it might be too light for your skin type. If your skin is oily, a water-based moisturizer will work best for you, and sensitive skin will benefit from creams with soothing ingredients. Using a product that’s right for your skin type can help to prevent water from evaporating from your skin too quickly and keep it hydrated for longer.
Have you noticed how any of these habits affect your skin? What else makes your skin feel dry?