5 Bad Habits That Could Ruin Your Skin

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Deodorant soaps and long hot water baths can kill cholesterol and ceramides on the surface of the skin which can allow chemicals to enter the skin. Aggressively wiping dry after bath can cause friction and scaling on skin. Strong face peels can remove a layer of the skin leaving it more open and don't avoid sunscreen during winter, UV rays are still dangerous.

You moisturize after every shower, use a humidifier in your bedroom at night, and eat healthfully – yet your skin still feels dry, tight, and itchy. Before you make an appointment with your dermatologist, check to see whether you’re guilty of one or more of the following habits that aggravate dry skin.

Dry Skin Saboteur 1: Taking Long, Hot Showers

Hot water strips your skin of the natural lipids – cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides – that provide a watertight seal around cells. This disturbs the skin’s barrier and causes water to evaporate, says Leslie Baumann, MD, director of the University of Miami’s Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. A reduction in lipids causes skin to feel dry and itchy. Limit showers to no more than 10 to 15 minutes, and use warm – not hot – water, suggests Doris Day, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist. The same rules apply for taking a bath: Keep bathing time short, and use warm water. When washing your face and hands, use warm or lukewarm water.

Dry Skin Saboteur 2: Using Deodorant Soaps

Cleansers such as deodorant soaps and foaming face washes contain detergents that, like hot water, remove lipids from the skin and damage its barrier. Not only does this allow water to evaporate from the skin, but it lets irritants such as sodium lauryl sulfate (a common detergent) enter skin cells and cause inflammation. Because shampoo may also contain this irritating ingredient, it’s best to shampoo first, then wash your face and body to remove any traces of it. Also potentially harmful to skin are alcohol- and water-based cleansers, bubble baths, and heavily fragnanced soaps. More soothing options are oil-based, unscented mild soaps and body washes.

Dry Skin Saboteur 3: Rigorously Toweling Off After Your Shower

Aggressively rubbing a towel on your skin causes friction that can irritate it. Instead, pat skin dry. Immediately apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture.

Dry Skin Saboteur 4: Using an Overly Aggressive Facial Peel

A peel – whether it’s an at-home glycolic acid peel or a spa treatment – is beneficial because it removes the top layer of skin, which allows moisturizers to penetrate more readily. What isn’t good is using a peel that is too potent on skin already irritated by wind or cold. Opt for a more soothing oxygen facial, or try a moisturizing mask in colder months, suggests Marina I.

Dry Skin Saboteur 5: Forgoing Sunscreen in the Winter

Nothing is as damaging and drying to skin as sunburn, and UVA rays are the same year-round, says Dr. Day. It’s especially important to wear sunscreen when skiing because the sun’s rays are more intense at higher altitudes. An SPF 15 lotion is typically fine in the winter, but check the label to make sure it contains UVA/UVB protection or is a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

In addition to these common saboteurs, certain medications and medical conditions, such as diabetes, can cause dry skin. If you think a particular medical condition, or any medications, could be causing your skin to dry out, speak with your doctor.

Stacey Chillemi

Founder of Healthy Living Inc., Stacey Chillemi actively writes about alternative & holistic wellness. Her first published book, Epilepsy You’re Not Alone in 1998, helped millions of people understand and cope with their disorder enabling them to live a happy, healthy and productive life.

Stacey Chillemi

Founder of Healthy Living Inc., Stacey Chillemi actively writes about alternative & holistic wellness. Her first published book, Epilepsy You’re Not Alone in 1998, helped millions of people understand and cope with their disorder enabling them to live a happy, healthy and productive life.

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Bertilia Nyabinghi Rastafari
Bertilia Nyabinghi Rastafari 5pts

To make it takes time and patience. Because the process is both tedious and time consuming. Every year I travel to my home and I pick the driest of coconut. I then have to peel its shell off. Next i grate the coconut then strain it's milk from a clean white cloth, let it boil for hours. That is only the beginning of the process, the rest is too long and detailed.

Cathy Walter
Cathy Walter 5pts

I use it like a body cream and also as make up remover.

Sarah Bright
Sarah Bright 5pts

I have very oily skin, anything just makes it worse. Nothing helps. My skin is hopeless. ....

Glenda Long
Glenda Long 5pts

I was my face with toothpaste let in sit about 3 to 5 minutes wash off with clear water

Tela Sims
Tela Sims 5pts

I would love to learn how to make my own

Bertilia Nyabinghi Rastafari
Bertilia Nyabinghi Rastafari 5pts

I been using coconut oil on my skin most of my natural life. Since I'm from the Caribbean I make my own coconut oil.

Shobha Sharma
Shobha Sharma 5pts

i have very sensitive and baby type loose skin which may cause wrinkles very soon.i use only sun cream nothing else.plz suggest how can i protect my face from getting wrikles naturally and what i can use

Maria Durham
Maria Durham 5pts

I use it also !! Love it! Organic only..

Cathy Walter
Cathy Walter 5pts

I use since years just pure coconut oil for my skin morning and night time .. I am happy with almost 49 and my skin :)

Connie Jenkins
Connie Jenkins 5pts

@ Nancy Ann As a health professional myself it is always good idea to consult a doctor before you anything strong to your skin..The skin is the Largest organ in the body..you have to protect it the best way you know how..

Nancy Ann
Nancy Ann 5pts

heck, I didn't even know I had severe damage and had 20 dry scaley spots frozen because they were precancerous.

Jill Zor
Jill Zor 5pts

I got some weird scaley dry skin on my face and put raw honey on my face for 10 min and washed it off and it got rid of the scaley look and hydrated my face for a week. It seemed to shrink my pores. I repeat it once a week or as needed.

Ayurveda 5pts

It is important if you notice any severe damage to your skin :)

Reina Roberts
Reina Roberts 5pts

Love cold showers ! Good circulation , good for u" hair, cellulite , keep u" younger looking ! Go from warm water to cold water very slow to u" feel Happy

HarlemMinii 5pts

No sunscreen is good for us humans, research about it, sunscreen is what weakens our skin throughout the years 

Janet Nader
Janet Nader 5pts

Love hot water baths throughout the year except during a heatwave

Diane Brunette
Diane Brunette 5pts

Applying mini acres protect our skin from dryness

Gina Marie Beans
Gina Marie Beans 5pts

I grew up with really bad acne trying everything from diet to holistic to medications that required my liver to be tested once a month. It all cleared up after I stopped washing my face with any sort of cleanser. Not using a lot of make up and I use moisturizer 1 a month. I personally think the less u put on your face the better. Natural oils in the skin are maybe the best

Jennifer Chapkovich
Jennifer Chapkovich 5pts

Be careful with sunscreen too. Buy organic if possible, especially for your face.

Kiran Singh
Kiran Singh 5pts

Navreet Bange look at number 3 and then you'll want to have a shower routine like me hahahOthers are quite interesting too :)

Melissa Garcia
Melissa Garcia 5pts

Moisturize no need for a huge waste of time article...geez wake-up use your own power