Natural skincare is very popular with people who suffer from dry skin, and with good reason – it makes all the difference in addressing lingering skin complaints that can be ascribed to lifestyle choices.
Dry skin is quite prevalent. In fact, up to 70% of the population battles with some form of it throughout the course of their lives. Fortunately, there are proven ways to address and improve it. Here are 7 ways in which you can support dry skin with a natural approach to skincare:
1. Choose products with gentle formulations
There are many ways to find the best natural products for your skin type, but we recommend that you choose product with very gentle formulations that won’t dry out your skin even further. Keep an eye out for natural ingredients like mango seed butter, avocado oil, etc.
2. Steer clear of sulphites
Sulphites are prevalent in many commercial skincare formulations, and can really wreak havoc with dry skin. Sensitive individuals who regularly use cosmetics or topical medications containing sulphites have been reported to exhibit chronic skin symptoms, especially on the hands, and face. As such, it’s best to avoid it. This goes for everything from hand cream to moisturising oil.
3. Stay hydrated!
Did you know that it is estimated that only one in every ten Brits drink enough water every day? The rest only consume 250ml (or less!) on a daily basis. This is pretty scary statistic if you take into account that up to 60% of the human adult body is comprised of water, and that the skin itself contains 64% water. Start by drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day and see that a difference it makes in the condition of your skin.
4. Go back to basics – check your diet
Most skin conditions can be traced back to a lack of adequate vitamins and minerals. Before you head off to buy a supplement, take a look at your diet. Are you eating a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains? Start there and then get advice from a dietician to fill in the gaps.
5. Exfoliate regularly
Gentle exfoliation can help dry skin to appear more vibrant by removing dead skin cells from the surface. Try a warm, slightly textured facecloth to start and see how it goes.
6. Get a little bit of sun whenever you can
Studies have indicated that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis — both of which can cause dry skin. As such, get a little bit of sun whenever you have the opportunity. The best time to do so is before 11:00 and after 15:00 when the sun is not as harsh.
7. Move at least 30 minutes per day
Many people with dry skin tend to steer clear of exercise because sweat can irritate their skin. However, 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day (e.g. walking to the shops and back) can get your heart rate up and improve blood circulation, which helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This promotes collagen production and promotes the growth of new skin cells, which helps your skin to regulate it’s oil and moisture levels.
Natural skincare for dry skin does not have to be a tall order. Start by choosing products with gentle formulations and steering clear of sulphites. Remember to stay hydrated, check your diet, and exfoliate regularly. Also try to get a little bit of sun whenever you can and enjoy at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day.
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