Many women who are suffering from dry skin on their face don't know what causes it or how to treat it. We’ve put together a few common questions about dry skin along with some solutions.

Does taking a hot shower really dry out your skin?

Yes, unfortunately, it does. Even worse, hot showers can cause irritation and damage as well. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dried out and tight. Take a lukewarm shower instead. Showering less often and for a shorter duration will help immensely as well.

Does drinking a lot of water hydrate your skin?

Being properly hydrated by drinking enough water is very important for all bodily functions. However, the jury is still out as to whether or not water actually hydrates your epidermis, the outer skin layer. To play it safe experts say we should drink between 6 – 8 glasses a day. What WILL help is keeping your skin moisturized consistently with a powerful skin cream such as Dermaxsol, which is designed to keep your skin well hydrated throughout the day.

Should I be treating my dry skin with something in addition to my daily moisturizer?

Although a daily moisturizer can usually get the job done for women with normal skin, those coping with a dry complexion may need a little extra moisture boost. An intensely hydrating serum like Excelagene has multiple benefits - it combats mild to severe dryness, forms a protective barrier on the skin's surface to maintain a moisture balance, and allows the skin to absorb additional hydration from the environment.

I’ve heard I should use a humidifier in the winter when I sleep. Does this really work?

Running a humidifier during the night is a great idea to help maintain moisture levels in your home, especially your bedroom where you spend seven to eight hours at a time. An added benefit would be applying a premium overnight moisturizer like Suvoderm, a highly-concentrated formulation of essential hydrating ingredients.

Does the sun really dry out your skin?

Even if you’re not a sun goddess who spends hours drenching herself under the golden rays, your skin still feels the effects of daily exposure. The sun most definitely dries out your skin, leaving it parched and even accelerating early signs of aging. Using a facial sunscreen every single day, throughout the four seasons, will create a protective shield on your face and guard against drying out.

Written by Melissa Feldman

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