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Solving the Dry Skin Problem

Updated on June 27, 2019
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Matty is a skin care consultant, passionate about healthy skin the safe and natural way.

Dry Skin
Dry Skin

Tip # 1- Moisturize

The most important thing for healthy skin is moisture. As you choose moisturizers, take into consideration your skin type. For example; if you have oily skin choose a moisturizer that is oil free. This may be tricky for combination skin. Some types combination skins can do okay with moisturizers for normal-oily skin. The choices will be normal, combination, or oily. You should take into consideration if you are acne prone, or if you have skin sensitivity or other underlying skin problem. Choose moisturizers that are fragrance-free or with a non toxic fragrance.

Get to know your skin, see how it reacts to different things, and choose what is best for it. You may get samples prior to buying a product. Personally I like to order samples and I give out samples all the time, because its the best way to find what is best for you.

Also, it is important to remember that our skin becomes dry over time, and it will not recover immediately. I have included a few tips below that can help you, but it will take a lifestyle change for results to be permanent.

Tip # 2 - Be Gentle

When you wash your face on a daily basis try to avoid harsh soaps. A rule for me is to avoid bar soaps altogether, but I also keep in mind the ingredients in those face washes and soaps. I personally choose gentle cleansers that are typically naturally based. I want to keep my skin as healthy as possible and avoid irritations.

Fragrance-free moisturizers are best. Cold water is preferred to rinse your face and seal the pores. Also, after washing use a gentle toner. Sometimes we wash for too long or too often and in the winter that can equal dry skin. Keep in mind that you should not cleanse excessively.

Your skincare regimen should be according to your skin type, but also avoid extremely hot water in the shower too. Follow the suggestions I have listed below to seal that moisture into your skin.

Tip # 3 - Protect

It is essential to protect your skin every day. You should always wear an SPF-based moisturizer to protect your skin from sun rays. If your moisturizer does not have SPF, you can wear a foundation or tinted moisturizer that has it. I personally use a tinted mineral based moisturizer. Minerals naturally block sun rays.

Remember in order to have better protection your moisturizer or foundation must be a minimum of SPF 15 or higher. Full spectrum sunscreen is best since it protects from both UVB and UVA rays. Remember that sun rays not only age you but can also cause skin cancer and other skin problems. Another thing to keep in mind is that if at all possible you should avoid the sun rays completely during peak hours. Always cover yourself with protective clothing.

Tip # 4 - Hydrate

Hydrate from the inside out. Sometimes the problems we face with our skin and health are related to something happening internally. If your body does not get the necessary water it needs to operate, it will take it from other organs. We all know at least eight glasses of water are recommended per day, but some of us don’t get close to half of that. Sadly this shows up with other health issues and on our skin.

Drinking water does not have to be boring, there are flavor enhancers you can use to get more water in your system. I recommend having a bottle of water with you at all times; this will ensure you’ll have water available to drink instead of other options.

If you don’t like water, other ways you can hydrate yourself is by eating things that are filled with water. Among the foods, you can consume are watermelons, berries, celery, and greens. You can also consume your water in the form of juices and milk. You want to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as those work as diuretics removing water from our bodies. You can also incorporate juicing into your diet; this will ensure you get both nutrients and water.

Tips for Acne Prone Skin Types

If you have acne-prone skin, be careful what moisturizers you use. Some products geared towards acne prone skin contain ingredients that are very drying and instead of helping you can be aggravating the problem. I prefer gentle cleansers and moisturizers for all skin types. You may want to opt for spot treatments when it comes to acne so that you can target the affected area only. Consult a doctor to determine if your acne is caused by other things other than age.

Covering up your skin in makeup is not going to resolve your acne issues. There are a lot of products in the market that makes great promises, but not all work. Depending on how intense or how affected you are by your acne will be your real motivator. People have cured their acne by changing bad habits, while others required medication. Only you know what is best for you. Again, consult a medical professional if you think you have tried it all and nothing works. It can get expensive, but there is always a way. Don’t be afraid to talk to people about your acne. There may be a friend or someone who has tried something that may also work for you as well.

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Handle Itchy Skin

If you are having itchy, dry skin you can take an oatmeal bath to soothe your skin. Oatmeal is a great moisturizer, and it will leave your skin nice and soft. Another tip and something I should practice more often is sealing the moisture on my skin. You can do this by applying lotion or oil and a combination of both on your skin right after you shower. Also, remember to keep the heat in your home at a comfortable temperature. Too much heat will dry your skin. Since I suffer from extreme cold, I follow and advice a sister gave me years ago. I put a large pot of cold water on top of my heater in my room at night. This will ensure the heater doesn’t draw moisture from my skin. Also and maybe a smarter choice is to buy a humidifier. Humidifiers are a life saver especially when you are sick.

Beauty Sleep 101

It is 100% true that sleep makes you beautiful. Stress can and will show up on your skin. Also, people who don't get enough rest, age sooner. The recommendation is 8 hours per night. Although many of us can't make it to the full 8 hours we should at least aim at it. If possible we should also take a nap mid-day to reboot our energy. Planning ahead can help you get to bed early. Remember no matter how many responsibilities you have, your priority should be self-care. During times where you go through a lot of stress, try to do things that will help you relax.

Beauty Begins with You

we are what we eat

No matter what your skin type or condition may be, remember beauty begins inside. If you take good care of yourself it will reflect on your skin as well. Make sure you follow a healthy diet filled with vegetable and fruits. The only way you can ensure your body is cleansed from the inside out is by giving it what it needs. Toxins show up on your skin, and contrary to what many people think it is not a one day deal. Your daily diet and physical activity are what really matters, and what will make a great difference in the long run.

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