Dry Skin Care
Women have so many roles to juggle in today’s fast paced, high pressured lifestyle, there is very little time for any type of self care. But the neglect of self care is a reality check for most women; when faced with the pressure of looking good for social media posts, and the era of the ageless celebrity or reality star we compare our beauty too.
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 natural ingredient based cold cream and alcohol-free natural 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 made from natural ingredients 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. Remember that smoking causes: smoker's lines, crow's feet, sagging skin.
- Chapped or cracked skin - increase your consumption of water. Keep chapped areas well lubricated and protected from the elements using a good nourishing DIY all natural cream or moisturizer.
- Learn how to make your own natural recipes for moisturizers and creams using honey, olive oil, avocados, castor oil, shea butter,cucumbers to add moisture to your skin.
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 yogurt, 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.
Start including foods that contain lipoic acid such as yams and spinach, carrots and beets and chicken. Research has even proven that foods that contain lipoic acid can reduce dry skin and damage caused by too much sun exposure.
Eat plenty of fruits and drink fresh fruit juice to keep your skin properly hydrated and protected from free radical damage. Fruits are high in antioxidant vitamins and water which make them very therapeutic for dry skin.
Did you know that approximately 80 percent of raw fruit is water? Whats amazing about citrus fruits is that they help the skin create collagen, which is essential to having a beautiful young looking skin.
There are approximately 4,000 naturally occurring plant metabolites called Bioflavonoids.These compounds are responsible for the vibrant-color of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. You can really benefit from the rich source of Bioflavonoids so it's also advisable to eat the fruit's skin. Bioflavonoids protect the skin from free radical damage and help vitamins work better.
The more you learn about treating your skin naturally from the inside out the better your skin will look and feel.