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These Things Are Probably Causing Your Dry Skin

Your shower. WHAT!?

1. Hot showers.

Long, hot, luxurious showers are one of the best things in the world, especially after a day of hard work. Your steaming hot bath, however, actually dries out not only your skin, but your hair, too. The heat from the water eliminates your natural oils. Yikes. Fix this problem by having short—like five minutes short, no kidding—lukewarm showers instead.

2. Your detergent.

Learn to pay close attention to your skin. If you notice that it gets especially dry or irritated every time you change your sheets, try switching detergents to see if that’s what’s causing your skin problem. You might be allergic to your laundry detergent's formulation.

3. A medical condition.

Conditions like eczema and psoriasis sometimes start out as severe dry skin. Other times, having dry and flaky skin could be an indication of diabetes or thyroid issues.

4. Sun damage.

We’ll never get tired of reminding you girls (and guys) to religiously slather on the SPF to save your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Sun damage could lead to painful sunburn, skin aging, and more grave conditions in the long run, such as skin cancer. Combat it with heavy moisturizers or soothe your skin with aloe gel. If you notice your sunburn hasn’t been healing, however, schedule a trip to the derma ASAP.

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5. Aging.

As you get older, your hormone levels change, making your skin thinner and naturally drier. Because you can’t turn back time, the easiest fix for this is early prevention. Minimize the wrinkles and fine lines by applying eye cream twice a day. Use an ultra-hydrating facial moisturizer, too. Finally, don’t forget to also use body lotion every day.

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