9 Unexpected Reasons You Need Face Moisturiser

9 Unexpected Reasons You Need Face Moisturiser

Do you want to avoid having dry and rough skin? Dry skin is a common health condition that people can experience periodically or frequently. The results can include skin that’s red, scaly, and itchy. Products like face moisturiser make up a large percentage of the Australian beauty & personal care market, estimated at over AUD7.7 billion. The reasons people have dry skin can vary greatly, and some might be quite surprising.  

Soap, Shampoos, and Detergent
If you use ones with synthetic ingredients, then they’re more likely to cause dry scalps or skin. That’s because the products remove skin oils, which contains moisture. When selecting these products, you should go with natural and organic varieties since they’re more skin-friendly.

The increased use of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitisers during the COVID-19 pandemic might also trigger dry skin.

Certain Diseases
In some situations, xerosis (dry skin) results from diseases. Sometimes these illnesses are hereditary, so they’re passed on from parents to children. In fact, they can even be lifetime diseases that people experience from childhood to adulthood. 

In other situations, a condition is triggered by other health conditions or diseases like kidney failure and certain cancers. Even when people get dry skin from “environment” instead of genes, it can produce the same symptoms.  

Some Seasons
You’re also more likely to have this skin condition during the fall and winter months of March to August due to lower humidity levels. While summers are hotter, they also have higher humidity levels, which help to moisten skin.

Heat Sources
This can include ones like:

  • Central heating
  • Wood-burning stoves
  • Space heaters
  • Fireplaces

These are all possible causes of dry skin. The reason is the heat reduces air humidity/moisture, which can dry out the skin.

It might be surprising, but statistics show that over three-quarters of Australians use some kind of heating for up to six months during the year. The average temperature during winter is 17°C (63°F), although average temperatures can drop down to near-freezing temperatures. 

Certain Medicines
This includes particular medications for:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Acne
  • Allergies

If your meds cause dry skin then you should inform your doctor.

Older Age
Older adults and especially seniors are more likely to experience dry skin. This is due to factors like the body producing fewer collagen proteins. Other factors include the skin pores producing less oil, which adds less moisture to the body’s largest organ. 

Skin Conditions
Various conditions like eczema and psoriasis, can cause drier skin. If you have these conditions, it’s important to take steps to prevent triggering symptoms. 

Baths/Showers/Hot Tubs 
All of these sources of hot weather can dry out the skin. Low-moisture skin is even more likely if you take long baths or showers. Since hot tub sessions tend to be long, there’s a good chance you’ll experience dry skin from this popular water therapy. 

Swimming pools are also known to dry out the skin. This is especially true to pools with high amounts of chlorine. If you’re prone to dry skin, it’s better to minimize your swimming sessions. 

Dry Weather
Australia is the world’s driest continent since 70% is arid or semi-arid. If you live in certain areas like the Outback, then you’re more likely to experience dry skin. 

Hot temperature and low humidity can both cause skin to lose moisture. Surprisingly this might be less of a problem in desert regions. However, if the air is dry including areas like the Australian Apps, this can result in dry, scaly, and chapped skin.   

If your facial skin is drying out, you should consider a face moisturiser. It can help to add moisture to your forehead, cheeks, and chin after getting dry skin from weather, bathing, or skin conditions.

Isabel Turner

Isabel is a Freelance Journalist with a BA in Media and Journalism and an MA in Film and Television. She has over fifteen years of experience in writing for several blog sites about businesses, books, films, sports, health, and lifestyle.