Dry Skin Care
Women juggle too many roles in today’s fast paced, high pressured lifestyle, there is very little time for us to pamper ourselves. As
a woman, we really don’t have a lot of time in the day to take care of everyone; and then make time for extra needed care for one self.
With a lot of tension, worries, anxiety and age, the skin changes and becomes less active leaving it drier, fragile, prone to wrinkle, fine lines near the eyes and mouth.
Oil glands not working properly to release enough oils to moisturize and protect the skin results in dry skin. Environmental causes like dry air, harsh wind, hormonal imbalance, being exposed to aggressive chemicals, cosmetics or excessive bathing with harsh soaps draws the moisture from the skin making it drier, flakier and chapped during winter months.
Caring for Dry Skin
- Cleanse and Moisturize: The dry skin should be cleansed with a cold cream and alcohol-free skin fresheners to remove the cream. After cleansing, the skin needs a lubricating emollient or a moisturizer when the face is damp after the wash.
- Splash your face with cold water or gently wipe the skin with rose water to tone the skin evenly.
- Avoid using soaps that contain alkaline and detergents like washing sodas and powders.
- Avoid the sun, harsh winds and extremely hot baths. Use oil-based creams and make-up products only. Use soft towels or wash cloths to avoid irritating the skin when wiping it.
- Smoking starves the skin of oxygen and all the nutrients it needs for good health, making the skin dry and rough in texture and appearance.
- Chapped or cracked skin - increase your consumption of water. Keep chapped areas well lubricated and protected from the elements using a good nourishing cream or moisturizer.
- Use creamy, mild, pH-balanced products such moisture based cream gels, lotions, etc. for dry skin care.
A well balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and nuts provides the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin. Drinking water and reducing sun exposure to a minimum is also beneficial. Garlic, onions, eggs and asparagus helps to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Carrots, apricots, rich in vitamins A, C, keep the skin supple. Increase your intake of foods like leafy raw green veggies, dairy products like yoghurt, milk. Reduce the amount of fried foods you eat, reduce soft drinks, sugar, chocolates, junk foods, alcohol, caffeine and other foods that have diuretic effecting causing the body and skin to loose fluids, vitamins and essential minerals.