You’ve tried everything but nothing seems to last. You’ve slathered on creams and balms and oils.. The whole lot. And you still feel like a lizard that’s been left out in the sun - dry and scaly.
Here are 3 surprising ways you may be drying out your skin:
Consuming too much salt
It’s no surprise that your diet directly affects your skin. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Sure, salt may be a vital nutrient for your body but an excess of it can lead to problems like hypertension, bloating and yup, you guessed it - dehydration. So if you’re experiencing dry, patchy and irritable skin, try reducing your sodium intake!
Being very stressed out
Public enemy no.1 rears its ugly head again. Apart from causing everything from acne to (in severe cases) heart disease, being overly stressed out can also lead to dry skin. According to Mayo Clinic, feeling overwhelmed and anxious can trigger dry, itchy, inflamed patches all over your body. This one is a hard one to combat. Our advice is to just take it easy and give yourself a break every now and then. Just know that: there’s no point in worrying when it is out of your control and to trust that things will work out on their own!
Not drinking enough water
Repeat after me: applying moisturiser isn’t the same as drinking water.
Remember, your body is mostly composed of water (70% to be exact!) and we are constantly losing moisture throughout the day through sweating, crying, etc. It is absolutely crucial to replenish water levels in the body and make sure that you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day! Yeah, mom was totally onto something with all the nagging…
A simple switch in your lifestyle habits paired with a really good moisturiser is our sure-fire combo. Our pick in keeping dryness at bay? The highly coveted, QV’s Skin Lotion! It hydrates and soothes dry and sensitive skin. Its luxuriously-light formula glides on like a dream and is quickly absorbed to reveal baby-soft skin.
Formulated without any fragrances, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol, QV Skin Lotion is pH balanced and perfect for all skins (yes, even for infants and the elderly!)