What is the feeling of having rubbery skin? Does it feel like you have stuck your hand in a bowl of Jello and pulled it out, leaving behind an imprint on the surface? It may not be that bad or as uncomfortable as you think. You might need to take care of your skin more often.
Many factors can lead to this problem, such as dryness, lack of exfoliation, using harsh soaps without moisturizing afterwards, and even dehydration from being too hot in the summertime!
Let’s explore why that happens and how to prevent these problems from happening again by providing some helpful tips for taking care of your skin.
Why Does Skin Feel Rubbery?
Rubbery skin is a term used to describe the feeling of dehydration. Skin-care products contain moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. They help with hydration in the outermost layer of skin. Dry skin sets in when these ingredients are not present or a lack of them, which leads to that rubber feeling.
Skin does not have any oil glands on the surface of its outermost layer. Therefore, it has to learn how to keep itself hydrated on its own. When you wash your face with harsh cleansers or scrub hard without moisturizing afterward, you can strip away all of the helpful oils that keep it moist.
Your skin tries to compensate for that by creating more oil. But the problem is that you need much. If the oil comes out in excess, it seeps out of your pores and makes you look oily, leading to a shiny appearance. Your skin may also feel tight or dry, depending on the quantity of oil produced.
What to Do About a Rubber Skin Feeling
If you have a rubber skin feeling, there are several things you can do to help get rid of it.
1. Use a Gentle Moisturizer
Moisturizing after you cleanse will help get rid of the dehydration feeling, so your skin can function properly again. Do not use heavy creams or lotions designed for dry skin. They can lead to clogged pores and more breakouts.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
It will help get rid of dead, dry skin cells and let more moisture into the surface of your skin. Many different options are available on the market that can work for varying budgets and preferences. Please do not use harsh cleansing grains or acidic peels because these could irritate your skin and dry it out further.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Your body needs water to function properly, including keeping you hydrated. Even if you drink more than eight glasses a day, it may not be enough. Try adding more juice or tea into your daily diet for an extra boost.
4. Wear Sunscreen
It is another step you should take to prevent dehydration because it prevents sunburns and helps to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. If you are indoors all day for work or school, wear a moisturizing sunscreen that protects against ultraviolet light.
5. Wash Your Face Properly
Washing your face more than twice a day can strip away all of the helpful oils that keep it moisturized, so wash once in the am and once at night. Also, spend extra time on your T-zone (nose and forehead) because those areas tend to be oilier.
6. Use a Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleanser
That is important because you do not want to add oil if your skin produces too much.
7. Rinse with Room-Temperature Water
Hot and cold temperatures strip away the little oil that your skin has, which is why it’s best to soak in a lukewarm bath.
Prevention for Future Occurrences
If you have problems with a dry, rubber skin feeling, your cleansers or moisturizers likely need an adjustment. After using harsh products for an extended period, the outermost layer of your skin can become “resistant” to them.
That means that instead of hydrating your skin, they are damaging and irritating it further. If you find that this is your problem, it’s time to adjust your routine by:
1. Switching to a Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleanser
If you have been using heavy or acne face washes with chemicals in them, it can cause a loss of moisture from the surface of your skin. It’s time to cleanse your face with a simple, moisturizing cleanser for sensitive skin.
2. Using a Gentle Moisturizer
Using heavy creams or lotions meant for dry skin can damage the healthy oils in your skin by clogging your pores and suffocating them. If you have been using a lotion that is thick or greasy, switch to a lightweight face cream with anti-aging ingredients in it. It will hydrate your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Exfoliating Your Skin
If you have been neglecting this step because you were busy or tired, it’s time to make this an essential part of your routine. Exfoliating once or twice a week will remove dead skin cells and encourage new ones, which helps keep your face moisturized.
4. Change up Your Diet
Dehydration on the inside can lead to dehydration on the outside. Eat more vegetables and fruits and drink more water to help rehydrate the skin. Your diet also affects your internal organs, so any changes you make on the inside will reflect outwardly. Drink lots of water, get fresh air daily, and try not to skip meals if you want healthy-looking skin.
5. Use a Humidifier
Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air if you live in a dry climate or an area with forced heat during the winter months. You can also try hanging up plants around your house to help contribute to their humidity.
Skin feels rubbery because of the elasticity needed to return to its original form after being stretched. It needs moisturizing to return to its original form when stretched. If you want healthy-looking skin, drink lots of water, get fresh air daily, and try not to skip meals. We hope you’ve enjoyed our exploration of the science behind skin and its elasticity.