It's not just the winter months that leave skin dry; many of us suffer all year 'round and often wonder why.
Well the weather—and everything that comes with it: air-con, heaters, etc.—has a lot to answer for, but so do a lot of beauty products that you use every day. Yep, those ones that are intended to stave off dryness, yet actually dehydrate your skin further . . .
Hand sanitiser: The alcohol in them and lack of water can dry your hands out and make your nails brittle. I'm not saying don't use them, but just be aware, 'tis all. Keep reading . . .
Fragranced hand lotion: The problem isn't with the lotion itself, but the constant reapplication. You only need to put it on once or twice a day. More than that and you can injure your skin's moisture barrier by constantly taking it from dry to wet.
Warm water: A piping hot shower might seem like a great idea for your pores, but it strips your skin of its natural oils, drying it and making it more vulnerable.
High-lathering soaps: It's really satisfying to work up a good lather, but the surfactants that make some products so bubbly actually dry your skin instead of soothing it.