Dry skin is a constant battle for some of us and it can often become overwhelming when trying to get to the route of. Trust me, I know! With variables such as the time of year, products, your age, genetics and lifestyle, it can often be hard to get rid of lacklustre skin and maintain a dewy and glowing complexion. Your concerns can be down to a whole host of reasons you may not have considered. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you might be able to get your dry skin under control and find out why it’s giving you concerns.
Is your dry skin related to your thyroid?
One of the main symptoms of an underactive thyroid can be dry skin. So, if you also find that you are very sensitive to the cold, losing hair and are struggling to lose weight, visit your GP for a blood test.
Or could it be stress?
The release of stress hormones, such as cortisol disrupts the skin’s natural moisture balance which can make it more susceptible to dryness. Stress management is key to helping to balance this, take time for self-care in your daily life! Yoga, meditation and Pilates are my go-to.
Is it menopause?
Oestrogen is another hormone which manages moisture levels in the skin by supporting the production of hyaluronic acid. As menopause approaches, there is a natural decline in oestrogen which can cause dry skin. Include plenty of essential fatty acids in your diet, think oily fish, wild salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as grass-fed meat, eggs, flaxseed and chia seeds.
Or is it environmental?
During the winter months, your skin will be more susceptible to dryness. Moving from the outside into an overly heated office, can also create an imbalance of the skin. Try to avoid very hot showers and baths to improve moisture levels.
Are you getting enough vitamin D?
We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure and that can be why you are seeing an increase in dry skin during the winter months. To boost levels, invest in Vitamin D supplements from October to April.
Are you staying hydrated?
Drinking enough water is another obvious factor which can affect the hydration of the skin. To add variety, try herbal teas and ensure you have a water jug on your work desk or at home, adding lemon slices, cucumber ribbons, mint leaves or sliced ginger to make it tastier.
Is it nutritional?
Dry skin can simply be due to a lack of certain nutrients in the diet. Make sure that you have plenty of good quality fats, such as oily fish, eggs, flax and chia seeds and incorporate avocados, coconuts and nuts in your diet for their healthy oils. Cultured dairy and fermented foods (kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi) are also believed to be beneficial for gut health, which can often have a reflective link with the skin.
In addition to caring from your skin from the inside out through nutrition, ensure you invest in a good skincare regime and seek advice from a skin care specialist, such as our expert Tribe here to keep your skin glowing and at its very best.