3 Simple Ways You Can Restore Dry Skin Without Overcomplicating Your Routine.

 

3 Simple Ways You Can Restore Dry Skin Without Overcomplicating Your Routine.

 

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Ricky van den Ende
Content writer

 
 

No-one likes a flaky person, you don’t know where they stand on life’s big issues, like whether to moisturise or not... The answer is an astounding yes. With the environment we are exposed to, our skin needs all the assistance it can get,  otherwise, it is likely to end up dry and damaged from the elements. It’s that sandpapery feeling, that irritability. It's uncomfortable and it’s unnecessary. It causes our skin to age faster, be rougher, and leaves it wide open to more detrimental skin issues.

The reality is, men aren’t as susceptible to dry skin as women.

In comparison to women, men have a greater presence of androgens (male sex hormones) circulating just under the skin, which influence sebum production. A greater sebum production results in naturally oilier skin which help to protect the skin maintaining a lower pH than a women's.  However, this oil-rich environment comes with its own problems, it’s acne bacteria’s best friend. One way to prevent acne is to rid this build up of sebum - enter the male conventional skin care market, where aggressive cleansers and synthetic detergents all-in-one soaps and body washes dominate the market. These products have strong inbuilt synthetic fragrances powerful enough to linger long after he steps out of the shower, reducing the need for perfumes, but with their own hormone disrupting effects.

 
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The Causes of Dry Skin for Men

Skin is designed to survive the outdoors. Men particularly feature thicker skin and facial hair allowing natural protection from UVA exposure, a major contributor to ageing skin.

For a long time, a shaving cream and a razor were the only tool a man had in his skincare arsenal. Incidentally, this shaving act was a very effective form of facial skin exfoliation. It improves skin softness, texture and leaves a smoother feeling face, but over-do it and the face will be left feeling rough, dry, and unloved... Apart from shaving incorrectly a myriad of factors will cause his skin to dry up.

Some of the reasons are:

  • Ageing Growing older, the odds are stacked against his skin moisture state.

  • Using the wrong skincare products (we are looking at you all-purpose soaps and body washes).

  • Malnutrition — Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals will adversely affect the skin.  

  • Temperature — Taking hot showers and baths for too long removes natural oil and moisture from the skin.

  • Underlying diseases — Slow metabolism seen in hypothyroidism and chronic diseases like atopic dermatitis will dry the skin.

  • Humidity — The moisture in an aeroplane cabin can be as little as 20%, this is less than our Australian deserts. The dry air will create a driving force to pull moisture from the skin.


How Men Can Combat Dry Skin

Dry skin is uncomfortable, it indicates a skin barrier that is broken down which leads to rougher, wrinklier skin, and more susceptible to skin diseases. It causes unnecessary ageing. Thankfully, there are many things we can do to turn our skin climate around.

  1. Nutrition

Make sure you are getting the following vitamins and minerals through your diet daily.

  • Omega 3: Omega 3 deficiencies are commonly seen in those with dry skin. A good source — Atlantic salmon, mackerel, flaxseed.

  • Antioxidants! Antioxidants are one of the great protectors of free radical damage from the suns rays. A favourite source of antioxidants to many is cacao, in one study, where findings showed a 12-week consumption of cacao increased the hydration of the skin.

  • Vitamin A: A deficiency in this is commonly seen in people with rough dry skin. A good source — Orange coloured fruit and veggies, eggs.

  • Vitamin C: Needed to create collagen which contributes to skin hydration. A good source — Citrus, Kiwi, Capsicums.

  • Vitamin E: Increases the ability for water to bind to the skin in small studies. A good source — Almond oil, Avocado, Sunflower seeds.

 
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2. Avoid The Wrong Products in the Wrong Places

Avoid heavy soaps which only lead to more damage likely stripping your bodies natural defence mechanisms. Soaps are efficient at clearing areas like armpits and groin area, but they have no place on the face.

For face, we need something to lock the moisture in and balance the existing sebum production. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and squalane are favourable.

3. Moisturise to Protect and Restore

Moisturisers are a fantastic aid in the prevention of dry skin. They are a product men are beckoning for. They have a 3 part action;

  1. They work to prevent loss of moisture and reduce flaky skin.

  2. They absorb water from the environment and deeper layers of the skin (the opposite of what a plane ride does).

  3. Restore the natural moisturising abilities already inbuilt in the skin. This is with products that account for the healing powers of nature utilising plant botanicals rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, selected to promote the skins innate capabilities.


Underlying Disease

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to help, your dry skin could be a part of a bigger problem. You may need to see a health professional to tease out if the dry skin is linked to any internal disorders or dysfunction.

It’s Important to Remember…

Our environments change as much as the products we use. One day we are at the beach, the next we’re stuck in the office. We need to be game ready to adapt to our environment to give our skin the upper hand before it maladapts. Eat well — ensuring adequate antioxidant intake. Be prepared for the climate conditions, and use the right product for the job.

 

Thoughts?

Do you feel your skin is dry or oily?

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