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Fall Tips To Avoid Dry Skin

Updated on October 24, 2008

Dry flaky skin in fall weather ? Is it possible to avoid it? Most definitely yes! You can have a supple, dewy and moist skin irrespective of age or any skin type like oily, dry or normal. To revitalize and rejuvenate dry skin, you need to follow 2 basic skin care routine - A Healthy Diet and External Skin Care.

1. A Healthy Diet: What goes inside your body has a result on the external skin.

* Hydrate skin by drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday. Try the Chinese herbal therapy, drink a glass of warm water with half a lemon every morning.

* Supplement diet with essential fatty acids and omega .

* Include olive oil in your diet . Drink raw vegetable juice, particularly carrot juice daily.

* Eat green vegetables, yellow fruits and vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant.

* Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking, fried foods and animal fats.

* Drink green tea everyday.

Extra tip for the above 40 and 50 year olds:

Drink Herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon early in the morning, in empty stomach.

2. FOR EXTERNAL CARE :

• Shower in lukewarm water as hot water robs the skin of moisture. Use mineral water to wash face. Shun tap water as it contains chlorine and other chemicals.

• Use a moisturising and mild fragrance free soap. Fragrance has chemicals in it.

• Exfoliate skin with a mild scrub to remove dead cells during shower.

• Abundantly dab moisturisers with anti-oxidants after shower when skin is still damp - body butter for dry skin and water based for oily skin .Avoid perfumed lotions as they contain chemicals .A good alternative is baby oil or aloe vera gel after bath.

• Keep a humidifier or place a pan of water near the radiator to humidify the environment.

• Prevent chapped lips by using a moisturising lipstick during daytime and lip balm or Vaseline while going to bed. Exfoliate lips with toothbrush when brushing your teeth.

• Cream on moisturiser or Vitamin E oil on hands and feet and put on gloves and socks for half-hour before going to bed.

• Massage body and face with almond oil before shower.

Extra tip for the above 40 and 50 year olds:

* Opt for bath oils or oatmeal scrubs, while taking a shower.

* After shower, pat entire body with virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. They contain skin-friendly vitamins and protein.

* Instead of washing, cleanse skin with a cleanser, cleansing gel (oily skin) or cleansing milk (dry skin).

* Spritz face with mineral water spray and apply moisturiser several times during the day at home or office.

Supplementary care for general wellness during fall weather:

• Get sufficient sleep.

• Exercise or do aerobics for a healthy glow.

• Use natural face packs to nourish and smooth the skin before bath.

Quick natural face packs for dry skin

* Mash ripe banana ,add little milk,apply and wash off with tepid water after 15 mins.

* Squash half an avocado ,a few drops of fresh lemon juice, apply and wash after 15 mins.

*Crush 1 cup of strawberries, few drops lemon juice, one egg white, and a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

*Blend watermelon, papaya, banana or oranges with two drops of lavender essential oil.

Good homemade body scrubs :

*Mix half cup Epsom salts, one tablespoon olive or canola oil , few drops of lemon or orange juice. Apply to dry areas.

* Mix half cup sugar, one tablespoon olive or almond oil, few drops almond extract. Apply and rinse off.

It is prudent to take a little extra care and avoid having a dry flaky skin than treating it!

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    • Bard of Ely profile image

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I suffer from this problem and for me the best answer is more sunlight!

      "Shower in lukewarm water as hot water robs the skin of moisture. Use mineral water to wash face. Shun tap water as it contains chlorine and other chemicals." - It is impossible for me to shower in anything but tap water and the tap water here is horrible - filled with fluoride and so many minerals it leaves a thick limescale on everything!

      A lot of great advice in your hub though!

    • hubber-2009 profile image

      hubber-2009 

      9 years ago from India

      Drinking water hydrates the body and add moisture. Also, a spring water/glycerin face spray helps...

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