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Common Causes of Dry Skin

Skin that is dry is often tight and uncomfortable. Add a surge of long-lasting hydration to your dry skin with the following key skin care tips. 

  • Age

    As we age, our bodies produce less sebum (oil) and our skin becomes thinner and drier. A decrease in sebum production means fewer lipids (or fats), filling the gaps between cells in the skin barrier, making it easier for water to evaporate from the skin. 

  • Long, Hot Showers and Baths

    Showers longer than 10 minutes are more likely to lead to dry skin, especially if the water temperature is hot.

  • Climate

    If you live in a sy, like the mountains or desert, your skin is more likely to be dry due to the lack of moisture in the air.

  • Chronic Skin Conditions

    There are two common skin conditions that can cause dry skin:

    • Eczema—a condition in which the skin becomes inflamed or irritated 
    • Psoriasis—a chronic inflammatory skin disease 
  • Seek the professional guidance of a dermatologist if you suffer from these skin conditions.

For more information on treating dry skin, refer to Olay’s expert tips for quenching dry skin.