10 Surprising Factors that Cause Dry Skin

Despite keeping hydrated both internally and externally, if we notice that our skin is dry, we should make sure that it isn't a result of a more serious condition
10 Surprising Factors that Cause Dry Skin

Last update: 13 February, 2019

Dry skin isn’t only a matter of aesthetics. It can also be a symptom of an imbalance in our body. Sometimes it might be an easy fix, and at others, it might be a disorder that we have to treat urgently in order to prevent more serious health problems in the future. In this article, we’ll talk about some surprising things that can cause dry skin.

Dry skin

Dry skin denotes a lack of hydration, looking dull and scaly. It’s a skin type that’s more vulnerable to wrinkles or stretchmarks because hydration is linked with skin’s elasticity.

Although the most straight-forward treatment is using moisturizing and nourishing lotions every day, like face masks, we should be aware that there are some health problems that have dry skin as one of their symptoms.

In light of this, it’s a good idea to know what these disorders are as well as how to balance skin in order to prevent serious health problems.

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10 Factors that cause dry skin

Below, we’ll explain the 10 factors that can cause dry skin.

1. Drinking insufficient amounts of water

Dehydration can cause dry skin

If we have dry skin, the first thing that we should aim to do is drink 1 to 2 liters of water a day on an empty stomach and between mealtimes, depending on the season, our lifestyle, age, etc.

With this simple habit, we could solve this skin problem for once and for all. As a bonus, our body will also work better overall.

2. A low-fat diet including the healthy varieties

Fats are good for our health because, in addition to other functions, they nourish our skin from the inside and give it a healthy, hydrated and firm appearance.

However, we should choose healthy fats:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Ghee
  • Oily fish

By adding these fats to our diet, we’ll be able to eliminate foods high in harmful fats such as pastries, fried goods, sweets, deli meats, etc.

3. Excess salt

Excess salt may cause dry skin

If we follow a balanced diet but we go overboard with the salt, this habit also makes us more likely to have drier skin.

Abusing salt unbalances the liquids in our body and dehydrates us from the inside out and thus, it may cause dry skin.

4. Excessive sun exposure

Getting too much sun leads to the skin’s dehydration and premature aging over time. Therefore, too much sun may cause dry skin.

Though getting some sunlight is a healthy habit, we should do so consistently and during short periods of time that are no longer than 30 minutes. However, we can help return the hydration to our skin with an aloe vera-based lotion.

5. Thyroid problems

Thyroid problems

When thyroids aren’t working as they should, it may also cause dry skin as one of its main symptoms.

People who suffer from hypothyroidism can’t moisturize their skin sufficiently despite using nourishing lotions on a daily basis. In these cases, the solution lies in regulating thyroid functions.

6. Weak lungs

Among other things, lungs are responsible for keeping the skin hydrated. This is why we should breathe deeply and correctly because our respiration is often too shallow.

We also always take advantage of going on an outdoor excursion to enjoy some pollution-free air.

7. Excess acid

Excess acid

A body with too much acid build-up makes us more likely to suffer from illnesses and it also leaves us with dry skin. This is why it’s essential to follow a diet that’s rich in alkaline, of which leafy green vegetables are a great source 

We shouldn’t leave this food group out of our menus. We can try juices, smoothies, and salads.

8. Intestinal permeability

This intestinal condition, which is highly linked with diet and emotions, also includes dry skin in its symptoms.

One of the best remedies that we can try for this problem is taking probiotics. 

9. Lack of vitamin C

Vitamin C can’t be missing in our diet if we want to have hydrated, wrinkle-free skin. In addition to eating foods rich in this vitamin (citric fruits, bell pepper, Barbados cherries, guava, red fruits, parsley, etc.), we can also take vitamin C supplements.

10. Abuse of cosmetics

We shouldn’t forget that low-quality cosmetics or their excessive use on our skin can also cause dehydration and deterioration over time. If and when possible, we should use natural products and avoid cosmetic products that contain harmful ingredients.

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