The weather is warming up, which means dewy, glowing skin is in full season… right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If you’re still experiencing dry skin even without the cold winter weather, it could be the result of some bad habits. Dry skin is often the result of genetics, but people often have some habits that dry their skin out even more. If you’ve lathered on moisturizers and tried every moisturizing mask on the market to no avail, try avoiding these things you may be doing that dry your skin out.
Showering in hard water
Many people are aware that showering in hot water can dry out their skin. However, your shower can sabotage your skin in other ways, too. Showering in hard water, for example, can cause skin to dry out and become irritated or itchy.
Hard water has a high mineral content. When the minerals dry on your skin, they can clog pores and result in dryness. If you notice any signs of hard water in your home—such as mineral buildup on bathroom fixtures or soap scum in your shower—consider investing in a water softener. Your skin will thank you.
Not drinking enough water
This may seem obvious, but not drinking enough water is a common cause of dry skin. The amount of water you should drink a day depends on several factors, such as your weight, your activity level, your overall health, and the climate in which you live. As a general rule, healthy people should drink between two and three cups of water an hour—or more if they’re exercising.
Drinking a lot of caffeine
Not all liquids are hydrating. Caffeinated beverages are known diuretics, which deplete your body of water and nutrients. If you drink a lot of coffee, soda, or other caffeinated beverages, you could be drying out your skin more than if you didn’t drink anything at all. Cutting back on your coffee intake might be hard, but spending a few days a little sleepier than usual could make a huge difference in the health of your skin.