Dry skin is a common skin condition that is usually caused by a lack of oils in your skin. One of the most common side effects of dry skin is flaking, and most people who suffer from dry skin will also encounter itchy and flaking skin. It’s important to know what causes dry skin, and how you can treat the condition in order to avoid flaking skin. Dry skin is essentially caused by the stripping away of lipids or fatty oils which help to seal moisture in the skin. The reduced oil presence can result from several aspects such as cleansing or exfoliating the skin excessively, not drinking enough water, exposure to the sun for extended periods of time. Cold winters can also dry out the skin, thanks to a lack of humidity in the air, and the presence of heat pumps in most homes and offices. Several of these aspects can be avoided, but some, like the drying winter air cannot, so knowing the best treatment for dry skin is essential. It’s important to note, however, that dry skin can be caused by a number of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, so if you suspect your dry skin is caused by something other than these factors, it’s best to speak with your doctor. Itchy skin? Extreme temperatures can really take our skin on a wild roller coaster ride, and our face often ends up the worst affected. If you have a sudden urge to scratch parts of your skin that weren’t itchy previously, you just may be suffering from some severe dehydration. Dry skin? It sounds obvious (and it is!) but it’s amazing how often we ignore our skins cry for help when it gets dry. An absence of moisture in the skin can cause a whole host of issues down the track, so get in before that happens and make sure your skin is soaking up a whole lot of moisturiser goodness each and every day. Sensitive skin? If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin becoming a whole lot more sensitive and prone to breakouts, a lack of moisture may also be the answer. Be careful to avoid any products that use harsh fragrances or chemicals also, as these will only serve to dry you out further. Read the fine print, and choose your products carefully, or ask your therapist at your next appointment what would work best for your skin type. Dull skin? Dull or tired looking skin is a sure sign of dehydration, and more than likely a reminder that you need to sit down, put your feet up and take a moment to relax more often. Gentle exfoliants can help to bring some glow back to tired skin, although make sure to follow it up with plenty of deeply nourishing moisture. Read our guide on how to combat dry and dehydrated skin.