Normal to Dry Skin

What Causes Dry Skin

Just about everyone in the family will get dry skin at some point. While the causes of dry skin can be everything from the weather to the products you use, the bottom line is dry skin lacks moisture. The outermost protective layer of the skin (called the epidermis) is made up of dead cells and natural oils that help trap moisture and keep the skin soft and smooth. If there isn’t enough water, or the protective oils are diminished, the skin barrier can become dry, cracked and rough with flakes or scales, itchiness and redness.


Some of the most common causes of dry skin include

Sun exposure

Unprotected sun exposure causes the skin to lose moisture and essential oils, making it appear dry, flaky and prematurely aged, even in younger people.

Sun exposure
Weather

Dry air = dry skin. Warm, dry climates and indoor heating and air conditioning can rob the skin of moisture.

Bathing

Oddly enough, hot baths or long showers, can strip the skin of its natural oils, not to mention certain drying cleansers and soaps.

Handwashing

While essential to good hygiene, frequent handwashing removes the lipids that make up the skin barrier.

Harsh cleansers

Just like water, too much of a good thing like washing with harsh cleansers can be damaging to the skin.

Swimming

Swimming in heavily chlorinated pools has also been known to dry out the skin.

Genetics

Dry skin can be inherited. Research shows genetic abnormalities play a role in common dry skin conditions like eczema.

Health conditions

Dry, itchy skin is common for many people with conditions like diabetes and kidney disease.

Medications

High blood pressure medications (such as diuretics), cholesterol-lowering drugs, and acne medications (such as retinoids) can dry out the skin.

Age

Our skin produces less natural oils and becomes drier and thinner as we age.

Age concern

How can I prevent dry skin?

The best way to prevent dry skin is to keep your skin moist and healthy:

  • Drink lots of water and eat foods rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that help restore and retain moisture (like blueberries, oranges, salmon and sweet potatoes).

  • Use gentle skin care products to cleanse and moisturize your skin.

  • Limit your bath or shower to 10 minutes, avoiding hot water and harsh, drying soaps.

  • Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing to help trap moisture in the skin.

  • Look for hydrating ingredients like glycerin, mineral oil, and dimethicone that help maintain the skin moisture barrier.

  • Use a humidifier at night to add moisture back into the air.

  • Choose fabrics like cotton that are kind to your skin.

  • Protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Wear sunscreen every day, all year long.

  • Refrain from smoking. Smoking dries the skin and contributes to premature aging.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the skin.

     


How LUBRIDERM® can help dry skin

Lubriderm moisturizers add lost moisture back into the skin with a combination of nourishing ingredients that help soothe and replenish dry skin. 

LUBRIDERM® Daily Moisture Lotion is a solution to replenish and moisturize dry skin. Fortified with Vitamin B5 and skin essential moisturizers, this clean feeling, non-greasy everyday lotion absorbs in seconds and is clinically shown to moisturize for 24 hours.

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