In case you’ve been wondering, dry skin is in fact a very common skin condition, triggered by various reasons – which I’m going to exemplify in the following article. In essence, the skin loses its moisture and ability to secrete enough natural oils. Most commonly, it is experienced during wintertime due to the contrast between the cold air outside and the warm air inside. However, this is not always the case, as dry skin can occur during summertime as well: sunbathing, excessive tanning, etc. are known to cause premature ageing, stripping the skin of its healthy, natural shine, notorious for the formation of wrinkles. Another factor is excessive washing, persistent pressure applied to a certain area with harsh soaps, scrubs, exfoliants, etc.
The disadvantages of dry skin are dry, flaky skin patches and rashes, which often times can become itchy. Cracks in the skin are also evident, whereas the skin peeling itself slowly is a sign of it trying to mend itself. Deficiencies in vitamins A, D and E are possible causes of dehydrated skin, as well as the use of some pharmaceutical drugs.
But don’t panic! There’s a solution, in fact, there are several! So keep reading to find out about some natural remedies that actually work!
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains emollient properties, a wonderful fragrance and it is oil-based. It works great for any dry areas across the body and face. For maximum effect, apply in the evening and let it sit overnight. Your skin will radiate in no time, getting enough hydration and glow! Tip: Try extra virgin coconut oil since it’s the natural version of the refined and hydrogenated coconut oil found in stores.
- Olive Oil
Olive Oil has long been used by people in the Mediterranean countries and ever since it has remained a key element to flawless beauty. Organic olive oil has essential nutritious properties which, when applied on affected areas of the body manage to be entirely absorbed and processed. It works wonders on calluses, elbows, hands, forehead, etc.
- Aloe Vera
The clear Aloe Vera gel has anti-inflammatory properties and it has been used for centuries in the treatment of scars, burns, wounds and skin infections. Whether you have a plant in your house or you buy its gel from the healthy food store, bear in mind that Aloe Vera is an important natural moisturizer. Tip: Apply directly on skin using circular motions to blend it in evenly.
What could be better for hydrating yourself if not water? One of the causes of flaky skin is an inadequate intake of water or too little water in the system. I suggest drinking at least eight glasses of water a day and eating plenty of fruits rich in water content, such as watermelons (92%) and strawberries. Tip: Check the soles of your feet and your lips. By doing so, you can ascertain whether or not it is because of too little water intake that you are dehydrated.
These all-natural remedies will surely heal and prevent dry skin both during high temperatures or wintertime.