Surprising Causes of Dry Skin

LIFESTYLE  |  August 17, 2017
  • Your cleanser is too harsh
    1 / 5 Your cleanser is too harsh

    Here’s a tell-tale sign that your cleanser is a little too harsh on your skin – when your skin feels tight after washing. Opt for a different type of cleanser instead. If you’ve got sensitive skin, oil cleansers are your best bet. They’re gentle enough on your skin and they help to remove make and excess oil too. 

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  • You’re washing your face with water that’s too hot
    2 / 5 You’re washing your face with water that’s too hot

    Hot water can easily break down your skin’s oil barrier and strip skin of its moisture.

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  • You over-exfoliate
    3 / 5 You over-exfoliate

    Exfoliating is great. It helps to get rid of excess oil, sebun and slough away dead skin cells so your skin looks and feels more radiant. However, over-exfoliating can really strip your skin of its natural moisture and cause it to dry out. Always make it a point to moisturise after exfoliation.

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  • You don’t drink enough water
    4 / 5 You don’t drink enough water

    As a result, your skin will tend to break out more easily and produce more oil to make up for the lack of moisture.

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  • You don’t apply products correctly
    5 / 5 You don’t apply products correctly

    If you’re applying essence after moisturiser, you’re doing it all wrong. This is the skincare sequence you should follow: essence, then serum, then eye cream, then moisturiser. Always work from the thinnest consistency to the thickest.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit for more.

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