Health and Nutrition

8 surprising causes of dry skin

8 surprising causes of dry skin. There are numerous causes and triggers that may be causing skin dryness. The key is to boost moisture levels within the skin, while working on repairing the skin’s barrier. Extra care is required during the winter months because when it is dry and cold, water evaporates off skin quicker.

Being dehydrated – Hydration is your number one tool in the battle against dry skin. If your entire body is dehydrated, your skin will be too. Keep a water bottle on you at all times to remind yourself to stay hydrated.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) – The human body cannot make EFA’s and therefore must be obtained from your diet. EFA’s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes, they help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking. Sources include avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil, fish and flaxseed.

Diet  – Avoid foods that are dehydrating, such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar which can cause or aggravate dry skin. Try our glow organic herbal tea.

Bathing or hand washing too frequently – Especially if using soaps that contain alcohol or other harsh chemicals that dry out skin. Look for soaps that are fragrance-free.

Certain medications can cause skin dryness:

  • diuretics
  • laxatives
  • antacids
  • antihistamines
  • blood pressure medication

Gut health – The gut–skin axis is a pathway that connects the gut and skin. Through this connection, your gut microbes send signals to your skin that influence things like skin structure, inflammation, and the production of sebum (the oily, waxy substance normally found on skin).

While eating nutritious food is important, it’s not what you eat but rather what you absorb that is important.  Getting your gut health in order is important to ensure you’re getting enough of the nutrients required for healthy skin such as  – A, C, E, B3, B5 along with the minerals zinc, silica and and omega-3 fats. Book an appointment with your naturopath to see how you can improve your gut health.

Thyroid conditions  – The eccrine glands are the major sweat glands located nearly all over your body. These glands secrete certain substances to keep skin hydrated. When your thyroid slows down, there is a decrease in eccrine gland secretion, resulting in dry hypothyroid skin.

Weather – Dry skin is especially common in the winter months, when the humidity level drops, the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly, this makes your skin feel and look dry.

Improve your skin’s barrier function

Work on rebuilding your skin’s barrier function with skin care containing key ingredients such as vitamin B3 and B5 to prevent water loss and retain skin’s moisture content.

Hyaluronic Acid a substance found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The molecule holds a thousand times its weight in water. When applied to the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid can reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Found in our hydrating moisturiser. 

 

Use a gentle, pH balanced cleanser. We recommend our gentle cleansing lotion as it is extremely gently without stripping the skin’s natural sebum barrier.

For more information on “8 surprising causes of dry skin” or to book a naturopathic consultation please contact Beata at B inspired healthy lifestyle.

References:

What to know about dry skin. Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/dry-skin#causes

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