5 Easy Ways to Combat Dry Skin
Dehydrated and dry skin lacks elasticity and looks dull and sallow. It can be a real problem this time of the year.
Just like fish, our skin cells need water. Water makes up about 20% of our skin and good hydration is crucial to healthy functioning skin. Healthy function skin = fewer wrinkles, fewer skin issues, better looking skin.
Fuller and plumper looking skin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
So here are five easy ways you can prevent your skin becoming dry over the Autumn and Winter seasons:
1. Do not sleep in a hot bedroom.
Central heating is the enemy and one of the quickest ways to dry your skin out while you sleep.
Instead, have snuggly warm nightwear, a hot water bottle or a heated blanket, leave a window open a little. Keep your radiator or bedroom heating device on low or off during the night.
2. Re-hydrate from the inside.
It’s easy to drink more water in the summer when it’s hot and we want to feel refreshed but on a cold winter’s day do you really want to drink lots of glasses of water? Not really. So it’s time to think outside the box.
Stock up on your favourite fruit, herbal teas, coconut water, fresh lemon or lime or orange in hot water with a little honey if you wish. Nourish your skin cells from the inside too – it’s just as important.
3. Put hydration back into your skin – externally
There are some magical ingredients called humectants that have the ability to draw moisture into your skin, make sure you are using these.
At Just Be Natural you can be rest assued that our moisturising creams contain effective organic and natural humectants – particularly the Nourish face moisturising range.
Another way is to add a few drops of facial oil to your moisturiser to increase it’s hydrating levels, mix in well and then apply.
4. Put hydration back into your skin – internally
Ensure you are getting enough essential fatty acids into your diet. Consider supplementing with Omega 3 and eat nuts, seeds, oily fish.
Essential fatty acids are not created by our bodies in the amounts needed so we need to make sure we are getting enough of these through diet and supplementation.
5. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
If you have particularly dry and mature skin you may find you want to exfoliate more often. Exfolation sloughs away dead skin cells, reveals bright new skin that feels smoother and softer. It’s a good place to start to quickly get rid of dry skin cells.
It also stimulates new skin cell growth. Here is a lovely natural recipe that you could make very easily from the ingredients in your kitchen….
Scoop out 1/4 of an avocado
Mash it well in a bowl
Add two dessertspoons of ground almonds
Mix very well
Apply to skin and rub gently in circles
Rinse with warm water
Consider adding some Jojoba oil or honey for an even more moisturising exfoliant.
Well I hope you have found this helpful and will soon be leaving your dry skin behind. As always I invite you to leave a comment below and contact me if you have any questions.