The application of cosmetic preparations or natural products called moisturizers on the skin, to relieve, soften or lubricate dry skin. Healthy skin produces sebum which normally moisturize dry skin naturally but due to our way of life and our environment, we are destroying our skin and so we have to replenish or revitalize the skin by adding moisturizers daily to maintain its health and vitality. Dry,blemished skin is not beautiful skin so we have to pay extra special care to improve the health and texture of this important organ of our bodies.
Before the age of manufacturing of these emollients or cosmetic products, people used natural products which proved to be quite beneficial. Queen Cleopatra, widely known for her beauty,used a variety of natural products, for her beauty regimen. Using natural products for moisturizing dry skin naturally is less expensive and are easily had. Most times they are in your home/kitchen.
Some Main Causes of Dry Skin
- Insufficient water intake
- Deficiency in nutrition: low omega 3, vitamins and minerals
- Use of chemicals, harsh body washes or soap too often
- Dry air
- overexposure to the sun, wind
- Excessive exercise
Some Natural Products as Moisturizers
It is best to know what is causing your skin to dry out, by observing your body and noting the treatment that you are giving it. If after trying to correct the problem and the condition still persists it is advisable to see your doctor to diagnose the condition. Sometimes excessively itchy skin, which might indicate a skin condition like eczema, simply can’t be relieved with over-the-counter products. See a dermatologist if your skin is red, flaky, peeling, or itchy.
These are some items which can be used for positive results to moisturize dry skin. They have been proven scientifically to be helpful.
- Sunflower seed oil
- Coconut oil
- Oatmeal bath
- Aloe Vera
- Petroleum Jelly
- Olive Oil
Make Some Necessary Changes to Ritual
It is recommended that simple changes to your skin care ritual be made to accommodate for changes in temperature for instance when the humidity falls, the air is dry and dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. Add moisture to the air. Plug in a humidifier if there is one.
In colder months, you may switch to a richer moisturizer. In summer, you should use one with an SPF 15. It is wise to always wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15 even if you are indoors as the UV rays of the sun reach inside of rooms through windows and doors.
To Heal and Prevent Dry Skin
Dermatologists recommend the following:
- Always moisturize your skin directly after exfoliating.
- Apply moisturizer within minutes of drying off after a shower or bath
- Washing your face or hand
- Wear lip balm. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips.
- Do not smoke
- low caffeine intake
- Eat healthy fats/omega 3: fish, avocaadoes
- Eat a balanced diet: eat plenty, especially raw, fruits and vegetables
- Take supplements
- Drink plenty water
Tips to help Dry Skin
- Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion. Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Look for a cream or ointment that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well. Other ingredients that help to soothe dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
- Carry a non-greasy hand cream with you, and apply it after each hand washing. This will greatly help relieve dry skin.
- Use only gentle, unscented skin care products
- Wear gloves. Our hands are often the first place we notice dry skin. You can reduce dry, raw skin by wearing gloves before you:
- Go outdoors in winter
- Perform tasks that require you to get your hands wet
- Get chemicals, greases, and other substances on your hands
By drinking lots of water, toxins are flushed from your system and nutrients are transported to your cells. This helps to prevent dry skin by keeping your skin nourished and hydrated. Doctors recommend us to try to drink at least two liters of water per day.
Dry skin affects us all at some time in our lives and by consciously trying to avoid doing the things that promote drying of our skin we would be in effect lengthening the health of our skin, which is the largest organ of the body