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Dry skin? 4 sneaky culprits.

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Dry skin? 4 sneaky culprits.

During the cold, dry Winter months, the cause of your dehydrated skin might seem like a no-brainer. Simply switching out your moisturizer, or adding a hydrating serum to your daily routine should provide a quick fix. But sometimes a quick fix isn’t enough. The problem isn’t just the weather – it’s your habits. Here are 4 unexpected sources of dry, dehydrated skin you should consider, and how you can fix them:

  1. A change in diet. Festive cocktails can be a big part of the holiday season – and can also be the source of the dry skin on our face. Alcohol is a diuretic – overdo it, and it could mean robbing your body of electrolytes, minerals, and moisture. The result is dull, dehydrated, easily irritated skin. Try cutting down on consumption, and upping your water intake to counteract the negative skin effects.
  2. Stress Levels. Whether you’re worrying about recipes, travel plans, or finding the perfect gift for that relative who’s hard to shop for (here’s a tip: great skin is on everyone’s list), sometimes there’s just no getting around the stress of the holidays. No matter the source, stress produces a havoc-wreaking hormone called cortisol. It not only causes collagen and elastin to break down, but also triggers dehydration – both causing and emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles. De-stress by setting aside a few minutes every day to do something you find to be calming. When you need a little extra help, reach for a facial serum that fights signs of premature aging to help skin feel firmer, and appear more taut.
  3. Sleep disruptions. Fewer daylight hours, the end of Daylight Saving Time, and a hectic holiday schedule can throw your sleep pattern out of whack, but it’s important to get it back on track as soon as possible. Your body uses the hours spent sleeping to repair itself after a day encountering UV rays (even during cold and cloudy days), harsh winter weather, pollution, and more. Without enough sleep, your skin can’t completely restore itself. Do your best to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. When the occasional sleepless night comes your way, grab an anti-aging night cream to take on some of the legwork. It works while you sleep so you wake up to skin that looks replenished and energized.
  4. Sitting by the fire. It’s a cozy winter activity, but sitting too close to a fire, or sitting around a fire for too long, can mean dry, flaky skin on your face and The heat not only dehydrates skin, but can also open it up to increased sensitivity. Take a step back from the fireplace, and apply a body cream that’s free of any artificial fragrance or dyes – they only increase your chances of irritation. An antioxidant-rich body moisturizer is the best lotion for dry skin on your body.

Still have more questions about your dry, dehydrated skin? Ask in the comments below!

 

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Comments (103)

stacey g. says:
Dec 13, 2014

My son is newly in the Navy and I have been stressed out with little sleep. I am so very proud, but my stomach is in knots with fear. Two of the culprits! My skin is very dry, despite eating right and drinking water. I need a product to help re-moisturize my skin.

Tyneisha Fondren says:
Dec 13, 2014

Wow, I never realized the effect stress and lack of sleep can have on my skin. Those two are the most surprising for and now that I think about it, make sense! I have two young kids so lack of sleep and every day life stresses are the norm. I’d love to try this creme because I have struggled for years trying to find a non-greasy solution that actually WORKS and this looks like it may be it! Thank you for the opportunity and very informative article!

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Tyneisha – you’re a Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

Ashley says:
Dec 13, 2014

Heater, lack of sleep, holiday stress

Pam Myers says:
Dec 13, 2014

Between the furnace running constantly and horrible sleep patterns my skin needs all the help it can get!

joanie w says:
Dec 13, 2014

Poor nutrition , poor sleep habits , too much stress , sitting by a fire can all affect your skin.

I was under a trememdous amount of stress for almost a year while we prepared for a move halfway across the country . New jobs , new home search , new schools for the children all took a toll on my skin. Time to focus on me!

Elizabeth Bos says:
Dec 13, 2014

The stress of the holiday season! Trying to keep it hydrated and healthy looking can be difficult for holiday parties

Brandy says:
Dec 13, 2014

So important to be aware and take extra measures to stay hydrated and mousturized

Jessie K. says:
Dec 13, 2014

STRESS by far at this time of year along with the cold temperatures has taken a toll on my skin!

Janelle says:
Dec 13, 2014

i need this so that I am soft to the touch!

Sharon Bowyer says:
Dec 13, 2014

Dry skin here in Colorado can be a huge problem. Dry everything. I look like a dragon. Help me Bioelements. Make me look normal

Erica schwaninger says:
Dec 13, 2014

4 sneaky dry skin culprits: hot showers or baths, heaters running high in winter, dehydration And pregnancy! My skin is dry, stretched out and itchy I could totally use this product this winter!!

heather strickland says:
Dec 13, 2014

Definitely the dry winter air and a change in diet make my skin super dry this time of year. I need all the extra moisture I can get!

Kim says:
Dec 13, 2014

I struggle with both #2 and #3 on a near daily basis. It’s nice to know that although I can’t control those as much as I would like, that I can still do something that is good for my skin. Thanks so much for the chance!

Maria Carmela Renna says:
Dec 13, 2014

Change in my diet, tremendous stress, insomnia and the dry heat of sitting around a fireplace has wreaked havoc on my very sensitive skin,which is getting itchy and flaky. Would love to win this fabulous cream and thanks for the chance !

Petunia says:
Dec 13, 2014

Starting with the evil electric wall heater and then the weekly trips to the desert, my skin is parched. Fingers crossed! I need the hydration.

Jessica says:
Dec 13, 2014

I live in Nebraska and the wind is harsh and brittle!

Sara McFarlin says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin is naturally dry as well as not so great choices so I definitely have to make sure my routine is kept up but being busy mom, wife & Esthetician can sometimes get me behind in putting myself 1st. I could definitely use a great boost with the Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Cream. With the winter months ahead I need to be more aggressive and take care of myself. My skin deserves it for all its hard work LOL

CarolynH says:
Dec 13, 2014

Tis the season that any of these 4 sneaky dry skin culprits can enter my daily life. I experience any or all of them regularly and get dry patches so I need this rich body creme to hydrate my skin.

Kristin says:
Dec 13, 2014

I have the dryest skin. I would love to try this.

Aleah says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin is so dry to just sucks this stuff right up. I love it!

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Aleah – you’re a Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

Katie Larson says:
Dec 13, 2014

Dry skin is my nemesis. Nothing worse than applying makeup on flaking skin!

Dia says:
Dec 13, 2014

Central heat, too-hot showers and dry air all contribute to the most frustrating dry skin!!

Gerri Her says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin could use this because it’s hard to find a product that’s fragrance free and keeps my skin moist.

Nancy Fiorenza says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this I have very dry and itchy skin nothing helps it

Kim B says:
Dec 13, 2014

Winter time is the roughest time for my skin. Exfoliating it makes it dry, not enough moisture, as well as the heater on in our home to keep us warm. Going from warm to cool weather each day. All if these elements make up my dry skin!!!

Michelle Fitzpatrick says:
Dec 13, 2014

Stress, bad diet and a hormone imbalance (I think) have been causing my skin go crazy. It needs all the help it can get.

Yvonne says:
Dec 13, 2014

i need this!

Annette says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin could really use some help right now due to suffering a lot from #3 (sleep deprivation). It’s feeling pretty tired like me and it’s showing.

Thalia Ramirez says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this because I’ve been stressing a lot lately, and my skin has been super dry. I can’t seem to find the solution for it, I need help!!

Jen Davis says:
Dec 13, 2014

I love the smell of this product! Period

Diana says:
Dec 13, 2014

After just having my baby my skin has been extremely dry and also with nursing him combined with the cold weather my skin has become dehydrated, somewhat flaky, and slightly itchy as well.

Sheryl Hennon says:
Dec 13, 2014

Between cold weather and the stress of the holudays, my skin is taken a beating. Can’t wait for some me time!!

Julie L says:
Dec 13, 2014

Between force air heating, stress, and screwed up sleep from stress, my skin is ridiculously died out!

Susan Campbell says:
Dec 13, 2014

I am recently post menopausal, and my skin is becoming thinner and dryer!!

Kendra says:
Dec 13, 2014

Stress and the winter in Ohio really dries out my skin. Biolelements always help rehydrate my skin.

Lauren Mueller says:
Dec 13, 2014

im always cold this time of the year so sitting by the heat source is what drys me out along with the stress of the holiday’s…

Ola Podowski says:
Dec 13, 2014

Winter in Chicago is too cold and the heaters really dry you out like a prune! Stress is definitely big during the holiday season as well 🙁 Any kind of body butter/extreme moisturizer is a must.

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Ola – you’re a Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

Kathy Hilyard says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin is constantly dry. It needs a huge dose of moisture!

Kristin Dillingham says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this because one I have psoriasis a mild form and so my skin is always dry, especially in the winter. Also my stress level probably doesn’t help(college student) ! This would be a helpful product in my life 🙂

Mikaela says:
Dec 13, 2014

Washing dishes, folding clothes, working with cardboard and dust dries out my sensitive skin!

Vanessa Zamora says:
Dec 13, 2014

The weather definitely takes a toll on my skin going from hot to cold dries me out. I enjoy hot showers and would love to lather up afterwards with a great body cream 🙂

Stephanie V. says:
Dec 13, 2014

3/4 for me — need a good moisturizer to help my dry skin please!
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Ana Marie Enriquez says:
Dec 13, 2014

This product will be perfect for my skin. I have very dry skin, especially my face. The water is so harsh on me and i would love to try this creme out. Regular lotions dont seem to do the job for my skin.

Ronniece Ray says:
Dec 13, 2014

I have never tried this product but I know Bio Elements offers the best quality products and my skin loves all I have tried. I will have to get some of this one.

Barb C says:
Dec 13, 2014

I live in Wyoming and it’s always windy here. The air is horribly dry right now and I could swim in lotion and still not be moisturized enough!

William Kidwell says:
Dec 13, 2014

Used this product before, absolutely loved it, and it was really good for massage as well!

Rebecca Pierson says:
Dec 13, 2014

i love trying new skin products! it is a challenge finding one you want to stick with. this is informative and i do need more sleep for sure!

Austin Ivey says:
Dec 13, 2014

Weather, harsh drying soaps, hot steam showers and sun exposure all can cause dry skin. My skin gets so dry and cracks during the winter. Vitalization would help my skin, I so need this. I’ve used it before in the past and love it!

Gila says:
Dec 13, 2014

Love all the tips and producers Bioelements offers!

Angie Kraft says:
Dec 13, 2014

Erratic sleep patterns have taken it’s toll on my skin

BonitaNut says:
Dec 13, 2014

Because it is a Bioelements product, of course! A must have for any skincare regimen! 🙂

Carol Sherrrill says:
Dec 13, 2014

No change in diet, stress from school, or sleep patterns, but definitely drier air from heated air with less humidity. Healthy face skin with Bioelements products but body skin dry and hard to moisturize properly.

wanda a. says:
Dec 13, 2014

I never drink enough water, I definitely don’t get enough sleep and I’m stressed out because I’m not going to be able to make sure the grandkids have a great Christmas. Please help

Lauren Burrill says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need Virilization because I’m 6 months pregnant with my third check and need my skins elasticity and moisture to stay as in tack as possible!
The winter months are especially hard on my skin.

Lauren Burrill says:
Dec 13, 2014

Oh boo autocorrect!….
Vitalization!! and pregnant with my third Child**

Tiffany says:
Dec 13, 2014

I have such dry skin and this would definitely help!

Mandy Graves says:
Dec 13, 2014

Stress from studying for my medical assistant certification test, the dry winter air, mixed with the furnace and sitting by the fireplace, also my love for hot showers definitely contributes to my dry, sensitive skin. I need a guaranteed effective body cream, I know bioelements can supply!

Cynthia says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need it badly because I have dry, mature skin

Dawn Westbury says:
Dec 13, 2014

Not only the colder weather but medicine I take make my skin dryer than usually…. It needs to be drenched!

Rachel Grauman says:
Dec 13, 2014

stress and sleep deprivation get me every year! With three kids and two jobs, and plenty to do…I always need a refreshing feeling on my skin!

Amy P. says:
Dec 13, 2014

The winter weather and dry air make this Bioelements product a must have everyday!

Laura Royal says:
Dec 13, 2014

I’m always sitting by the fire during winter and it sure does a number on my skin so I could sure use this.

jeannette says:
Dec 13, 2014

1. winter weather
2. hot/steamy shower
3. sun exposure
4. harsh soaps and detergents

stefanie says:
Dec 13, 2014

My four dry skin culprits are caffeine, stress, pregnancy, and genetics!

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Stefanie – you’re a Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

Tonya Atkinson says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need it because I work with my hands and I wash my hands so much (all year long), good protective creme is a must!

cascia says:
Dec 13, 2014

Great post!!!

cascia says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this to give to my mom for Christmas. She has very dry skin. She’d love it!

Linda F says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this because not only am I stressed and have sleep disruptions but the cold weather here is also drying out my skin.

Christa Lopez says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin has already gotten itchy and very dry! My skin needs help desperately!

Chris says:
Dec 13, 2014

I desperately need an intensive moisturizing cream like Bioelements because of the winter months causing extremely dry skin along with rising stress factors during this time of year!!

Kelly says:
Dec 13, 2014

Vitalization is my favorite Bioelements body product because it is so multi-talented. During the rough North Country winter it keeps my skin soft with long lasting hydration. Vitalization also helps with reduction in water retention for my skin keeping me happier through my pregnancy.

Nicole says:
Dec 13, 2014

I got the stress, I have been looking for work and since I have had no work experience in 6 years I am not getting interviews. The sleep thong is my own fault. I am a night owl, but have to get up early to help get my nephew to school. And the last is not listed like hot showers.

Cedel says:
Dec 13, 2014

I would love to try Bioelements’ Vitalization for my super dry skin. Due to the colder months, my skin is even more dry than usual to the point of chapped and cracked in some areas. Only a super moisturizing creme would help and Bioelements Vitalization sounds amazing! !

JoAnn R says:
Dec 13, 2014

I have a toddler and a fireplace so all the of these are an issue for me! Add to that cold weather and wind and my skin is toast. Literally like dry toast.

Danielle Beach says:
Dec 13, 2014

My skin gets so dry and itchy in the winter months. I never realized that sleep played such a big role in skin but it totally makes sense. With two small kids stress and lack of sleep are a huge culprit for me. I so hope I win!

Michele says:
Dec 13, 2014

I love our pellet stove, but it definitely dries my skin!

Sally Lewis says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this so I won’t be embarrassed of my dry flakey skin. Last week when I had my blood drawn, I apologized for my dry skin. (as always)

Teri Ash says:
Dec 13, 2014

I’ve been known to stay in the shower until the hot water runs out. I know it actually dries out my skin but it’s so warm and relaxing!

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Teri – you’re a Vitalization winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

lisa mcfarland says:
Dec 13, 2014

for my dry and aging skin that can use some relief

Sue Barney says:
Dec 13, 2014

My face gets really dry and flaky in the winter months I could use all the help I can get in remedying it!

Natalie J Vandenberghe says:
Dec 13, 2014

I didn’t realize sleep disruptions could cause such a problem–that explains a lot! We also have a woodstove. My skin needs all the help it can get!

Lauren Johnson says:
Dec 13, 2014

Retin-a is making me soooo dry, I would love to try this product 🙂

Ellen Snyder says:
Dec 13, 2014

The dry winter air and the heat being in the house is making my skin so dry and flaky. I definitely need some relief.

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Ellen – you’re a Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

sonia says:
Dec 13, 2014

Winter takes the moisture right of my skin leaving it dry. The heat indoor adds too the chopping, itching of my stressed daily life..

Polina Butler says:
Dec 13, 2014

Would be great to stay silky smooth this winter

lisa mysiewicz says:
Dec 13, 2014

Hello. I would love Vitalization because my skin would thank you. My skin has become dry, dull, flaky and cracked.

I’ve had stress at work and with my dad being in the hospital for a month due to blood clots in his lungs, the weather change in Michigan with winter and, not sleeping as much as I should. My skin needs help!

I would love to have my skin back to beautiful, silky soft skin and your Vitalization product sounds amazing!

Renee says:
Dec 13, 2014

I need this for my flaky dry legs & hands due to the Midwest Winter & extra moisture since I’m not drinking as much water as I do in Summer…this body treatment will help to lift my spirits after use too!

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Dec 14, 2014

    Congratulations, Renee – you’re a Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme winner in Bioelements 12 Days of Giveaways! Please email Bailey@Bioelements.com, or message Bioelements Facebook page, with your shipping information. Thank you for participating!

tori says:
Dec 13, 2014

Decorating all week outside in the cold…my skin is crying for it

Angela says:
Dec 13, 2014

my skin is super dry and itchy during the cold weather, would loveee some relief!!

Bridget white says:
Dec 14, 2014

“winter weather” does a number on skin.
“Dry conditions”, “washing dishes” do a number on my hands. And STRESS!!!

Denise says:
Dec 14, 2014

I’m a college student currently in the middle of finals and have noticed a change between the stress and the lack of sleep

Tiffany Vocke says:
Dec 14, 2014

Nursing school has aged me and my skin doesn’t have the same glow that it used to. The stress and sleeplessness that got me to this point continues as I prepare to take my licensure test. I NEED THIS PRODUCT! Bio elements is the only product that touches my skin

Amy Bryant says:
Dec 14, 2014

I need this! We have a humidifier, and I try to use lotions after my showers, but I can’t get any hydration into my skin!

Rita Taylor says:
Dec 14, 2014

Diet change, stress, sleep disruptions, sitting by a fire. They all contribute to dry flaky skin.

aaron reck says:
Dec 14, 2014

I have really dry skin. My lips are cracking and have bled. Elbow is developing a rough patch that looks like a callous.

Desta says:
Dec 14, 2014

7-8 hours of sleep… I wish! Having a little one puts a damper on me for this one.. lack of sleep doubled with the cold temps & Colorado’s dry climate this would be amazing for my skin!

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