Cure For Dry Skin
You know it is time to look after dry skin when the weather is cold, your skin feels tight and you start to itch all over. The harsh cold wind , the over heated rooms, the low humidity, is it any wonder your skin is depleted of moisture and feeling parched?
Oh, dry skin….. it looks flaky, feels terrible and has your body screaming “Look after me!”.
There are ways though to help alleviate this problem and you can do them at home.
Below are six tips to keep dry skin at bay:
1) Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize.
This goes for the body as well as hands and face. Each time you get out of the shower or bath, slather on a good body lotion while you are still slightly damp (not dripping). This will help seal in moisture and keep your skin soft and silky.
CeraVe Lotionis excellent if you have very sensitive and itchy dry skin. Dermatologists recommend it and it is suitable for all ages, even skin prone to eczema.
2) Avoid Overly Hot Baths or Showers.
OK, this one I admit I am a great offender. When the weather is cold and you feel the chill in your bones, the last thing you want to do is sit in a lukewarm bath.
Like most people I like to lie in a nice hot bath and enjoy the warmth, but I have shorten the soaking time to give my parched skin a break.
Avoid harsh drying soaps and gels. Use a good bath oil like Burt’s Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil which you can add to the bath as well as use as a body oil. It will make you feel less guilty during and after your nice hot soak.
3) Exfoliate Your Body Once a Week.
The older we get, the slower our cells regenerate and that is especially true for skin cells. As a result, the dead skin cells sit on top of our skin making our skin tone look dull and patchy. Left unattended, our skin goes flaky and rough which is super unpleasant, to put it mildly.
Exfoliating will help get rid of dead skin cells whether it is winter or summer.
- Start with applying a light weight body oil all over your body.
- Use a clean dry body brush and brush your skin from the feet up
- Get into the shower and scrub your body with a Sugar Body Scrub again starting from the feet towards the heart using circular motions.
- Rinse off with warm water and wash your body with a good body wash.
- Pat yourself dry and apply a body lotion.
Your skin is now looking like the smoothest liquid chocolate – good enough to eat.
Here is a video to make your own dry skin exfoliation remedy :
4) Humidify Your Surroundings
If you live in a cold climate that has heating on all the time, invest in a humidifier. If you live in a hot dry climate that has barely any rain, invest in a humidifier. The important thing is to remember to put it on at night when you sleep.
For skin to stay moist and healthy, the humidity level in a room should be between 30-50%, but make sure you choose the right humidifier and keep it clean and maintained.
Yes, you need to oil the insides of your body too. Studies have shown that taking omega 3 supplements daily will help improve the dryness of your skin, hair and nails. Eat more fish such as salmon and sardines, use flaxseed and olive oil and take a good overall multivitamin to keep you and your dry skin healthy.
Watch this video from natual health physician Dr. Mercola on How to Look After Dry Skin, including ingredients to avoid in dry skin products :
6) Wear Natural Fiber Clothing
You just cannot go wrong with pure 100% cotton. If it is cold, make sure the layer right next to your skin is a good quality cotton such as organic cotton, or pure silk. Then you can add additional layers on top to keep warm.
Synthetic clothing will only exacerbate your dry skin condition.
Follow the six tips above and you will look after dry skin and keep flaky skin at bay. If your dry skin persists, seek professional medical help.