Why does skin become dry?
You’re not always “born with it.” And even if you are, dry skin can worsen over time. If you’ve never had dry skin, you can get it later. Skin does change, after all. Just as clear skin can develop acne in the summer or during hormone-frenzied teenage years or during pregnancy or sleep deprivation, normally well-lubricated, pliant, glowing skin can suddenly become dry. Why does this happen? There are several possible causes.
Seasons and Environmental Factors
Both cold temperatures and lack of humidity (outdoors and in heated rooms) in the winter, as well as excessive heat from summer sun can dry out the skin. Traveling by air or spending lots of time in air-conditioned rooms can cause dryness. Non-hypoallergenic products can make naturally dry skin, which is inherently more prone to irritations, even drier (steering clear of allergens is a good preventive measure).
Too Many Products/Treatments, Improper Product Usage, Irritating Ingredients
Even oily, acne-prone skin can become dry by over-treatment: using too many soaps, detergents, antiseptics, or harsh medicines. Any skin can become dry by using too many products from too many different companies — the more ingredients your skin is exposed to, the higher the risk of it developing an irritation to one of them. Using beneficial skin treatments incorrectly (such as rushing the application frequency of an active product) can also produce dryness. And the use of irritants and allergens can result in a contact irritation that manifests as dryness.
Age plays a part: as we grow older, the skin’s oil glands produce less oil (and with years of accumulated sun exposure, the problem is even worse). As we age, our skin also loses lipids and its barrier becomes dehydrated.
Dry skin can be caused by diseases such as psoriasis, or atopic or contact dermatitis. Diabetes or kidney or thyroid diseases (or the medicines used to treat them, especially if you’re allergic to them), can cause dryness, too.
Whatever the cause, finding the right moisturizer is so important — for the skin’s feel and look, as well as for comfort — that the search can become obsessive. But randomly trying every newfangled lubricant, if this experimentation leads to an irritation, can actually worsen dryness. So how should you select a moisturizer? A good starting point is to familiarize yourself with the basics of how moisturizers work.
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How Do Moisturizers Work?
The fundamental cause of dryness is a defect (due to irritations, allergies, sun exposure, or other environmental factors) in the barrier function of the skin against its surroundings. Most moisturizers work by trying to imitate this barrier function.
Many oils in moisturizers work by providing a hydrophobic film: a film that blocks the exit of water from the skin. By preventing water loss, skin stays softer.
Some others, notably virgin coconut oil, work not just by preventing water loss but by actually replacing the skin’s lost lipids.
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Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) as the Ideal Moisturizer?
Recent and an increasing body of studies seem to support this. Both in terms of moisturizing efficacy and safety (even for severely dry skin, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and medically-managed, even immuno-compromised conditions), virgin coconut oil is proving to be an ideal choice. While mineral oil is good for the skin, its function is still primarily hydrophobic whereas virgin coconut oil can do much more and has natural antiviral properties.
Virigin coconut oil is very safe, pore friendly, and its fatty acids are a normal component of human skin’s barrier — so instead of just preventing water loss, VCO helps replace the skin’s lost lipids, creates an environment for healing, and restores damaged skin cells and intercellular lipids to the normal brick-and-mortar organization of the keratin layer.
Furthermore, initial studies suggest that VCO’s broad-spectrum antiseptic properties may prevent infection. So in addition to making skin fundamentally softer and more pliable, VCO may help keep skin disinfected from microorganisms that can penetrate cracks in dry skin, causing itching and more dryness. And it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, too—inflammation is linked to several skin diseases from acne to aging, psoriasis, eczema, etc.
VMV HYPOALLERGENICS®uses virgin coconut oil in many of our products, including our Skintelligent Beauty makeup, Grandma Minnie’s Mom and Baby Care products, our Know-It-Oil in its purest form, and even as one of the primary anti-aging components of our Re-Everything line. The virgin coconut that we use is first-and-cold-pressed (so it’s as fresh from the tree as possible), clinically-validated (our studies on it have been published in multiple peer-reviewed dermatology journals and even awarded at medical conventions) and USDA-certified organic.
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Which Moisturizer Is Right For Me?
At VMV HYPOALLERGENICS©, you’re rather spoiled with a choice. Here, you’re starting with an advantage because whichever moisturizer you choose, you can be confident that your lubricant is non-irritating and healthily hydrating — almost all our moisturizers:
- Are validated as hypoallergenic, lacking all or most of all common allergens. Click here for more on the VH-Rating System.
- Are 100% All-Types-Of-Fragrance-Free
- Are 100% Phthalate, Paraben + Preservative-Free
- Are 100% Dye-Free
- Contain monolaurin for skin-safe and soothing disinfection, and are coconut oil-based for deep, healing, rebuilding hydration (our Know-It-Oil is pure VCO)
- Are for use on both the face and body
What We Suggest:
For extremely dry or atopic skin or skin with particular conditions like eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, rosacea, etc.:
For very dry, sensitive skin:
If you have rosacea:
For seasonally dry skin (that is normal in warmer months), or as a daily moisturizer all year round for Combination Skin Types:
For Oily Skin:
- Id Anti-Acne, Anti-Aging Face, Chest, Back + Body Exfoliating Lotion
- Re-Everything Anti-Age Treatment Creams
- Re-Everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion
- Illuminants+ Brightening Treatment Creams
- Illuminants+ Face-Hand-Body Lotion
- Any Armada Sun + Light Screen