Solutions for Dry Skin
Category | BEAUTY-BLOG
August 22, 2016 – Elizabeth
A radiant, glowing complexion is desired by many, but can be a far dream for most. Many people suffer from various skin conditions and ailments which prevents them from achieving their ‘perfect skin’ goal. We go to many lengths to minimize imperfections by purchasing specialty products, precise formulations and natural remedies. Sometimes MANY steps are required to be taken in order to get to our fantastic skin goals. Dry skin is a common issue among the population as diet, environment and exposure to harsh chemicals all contribute to the degradation and dehydration of the epidermis.
Dry skin is a very common skin condition. It exists due to lack of sufficient moisture or oils in the epidermis, which is the external layer of your skin. Dry skin results in redness, itchy patches and small fine flakes on the skin.
Rough, flaky skin – may be ashy in color
Cracks in the skin, which may bleed
Reactions when certain product is applied
If the above symptoms sounds like your skin type, than you suffer from dry skin. These problems can be amplified depending on environmental conditions such as time of year, humidity in the air, as well as exposure to sunlight and wind. Sounds a little funny, but it’s true. Generally people with dry skin suffer worse conditions during the winter months due to hot dry indoor air, paired with cold wind outside – the difference in temperature gradients between both environments can wreak havoc on you. Winter can be tough for some, but we have great solutions for you to hydrate and moisturize your skin and reduce these effects.
Change in Lifestyle
This is so important. Most serious dry skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.) can be attributed to unbalanced, unhealthy, or stressful lifestyles. I cannot stress this point enough, change the things in which you have the power to change. This is not just for combating dry skin, but a healthy adjustment in your lifestyle can literally transform your life! Reducing processed foods, refined sugars and caffeine will not only improve the appearance of your skin but will impact your mood, weight, clarity and focus – among many other benefits! If you cannot make a huge dietary change, try reducing consumption of some of the bad stuff as much as possible.
Drink water all day! If you have a soft spot for sugary drinks or carbonated drinks – kick em’ to the curb and try to transition to water by purchasing a carbonated water beverage and adding some flavor to it – until you can drink water and be satisfied. Majority of Americans do not reach their recommended daily water consumption– and we suffer from it! I could go on about the benefits of water all day, but I’ll save you this time J. Just drink it as much as you possibly can.
Humidify the Air
If you live in a dry environment, get a humidifier and use it. The cool thing is that essential oils can be added to them to help serve a dual purpose. Many people with colds add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to their humidifier and reap the benefits in their respiratory system. Not only are you infusing the air with moisture but you can also research essential oil uses for any other ailments you may be suffering from. You can use a humidifier at home and at the office to moisten the air, and reduce dry skin problems.
Ensuring you moisturize you skin is imperative to tackling this problem. I have a few products I use to help with my dry skin. To cleanse my skin I use CVS illuminating Facial Cleanser which is only $6.49 from CVS.com and is oil free, soap free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I use this during my morning and evening face washing routine. Another great cleanser is Equate Mild Liquid Facial Soap ($7.96 on rollback – Walmart.com) which is also formulated for dry skin types. To moisturize, I use Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion which is $9.96 (save $2.91) on Walmart.com as my daily moisturizer. This stuff works wonders on my dry skin! It help’s enhance the skins natural moisture barrier, is 100% fragrance free, hypoallergenic and ideal for dry – combination skin types.
Making some changes in your life can help you to combat dry skin for good! There are more drastic measures to take if you have a severe dry skin condition, but this blog is for mild-moderate dry skin sufferers. Try the suggestions above and please feel free to comment or share in the notes section. We would love to hear from you!
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