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.
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.
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.