Natural Dry Skin Care
Dry skin is one of the most common skin problems. In order to stay soft and supple your skin needs to retain its natural moisture. But when exposed to direct sunlight in summer or harsh weather (cold and wind) in winter, when the central heating dries out the skin, it quickly loses its natural moisture and oils, becomes dry and chapped.
Dry skin can cause an uncomfortable feeling and is usually unattractive, thus people with dry skin are looking for solutions to their problem.
Dry skin is typically not a serious health problem, however it changes healthy skin cells into withered cells and often produces wrinkles. Some people have skin disorders categorized as ichtyosis which are severe dry skin conditions that are usually due to heredity.
Dry skin has a low level of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. It usually feels “tight” and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied. Chapping and cracking are signs of extremely dry, dehydrated skin.
Dry skin is most common in your lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen), and thighs. The symptoms most often associated with dry skin include:
- Cracks in the skin
Dry Skin Care – Natural Moisturizers
For dry skin care it is usually recommended using moisturizers which reduce the amount of moisture that escapes your skin by providing a seal.
All moisturizers, to some extent, serve to provide a barrier preventing moisture loss from the skin. Good moisturizers will also serve the purpose of delivering a hydrating effect to the skin, replenishing or encouraging the skin’s natural oil balance. When skin is healthy, its protective outer layer (which is composed largely of lipids) keeps moisture in and harmful elements, such as bacteria and other “bad” stuff, out. But when this layer is damaged, moisture escapes, which can result in irritated, dry or flaky skin. This is when a good moisturizer can be exceptionally helpful.
Natural moisturizers containing light oils and moisture-binding humectants, create a protective barrier for your skin, keeping moisture in the outermost layer without blocking pores. For this reason it’s always good to apply moisturizers to slightly damp skin after bathing to lock in surface moisture. This helps trap more moisture in the skin, keeping it better lubricated.
Moisturizing is especially vital for those who suffer from dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis, since the loss of water in psoriatic skin tends to be eight to ten times greater than normal. It is therefore very important to moisturize the skin in order to compensate for the abnormal degree of water loss.
In addition, good quality moisturizers can make the skin much more comfortable by decreasing dryness, scaling, cracking, soreness, and itching of dry skin.
Moisturizing is particularly important during the winter months when the skin tends to dry out due to the dry, cold air.
Tip: Use a dehumidifier in the winter to keep your skin from drying out.
Dry Skin Care Moisturizer Choices
With so many moisturizers, creams and lotions to choose from, ranging from the various natural options that have recently hit the market to the older and more familiar choices that have been around for years, making the right choice can be dizzying. How can you make the right choice? Here is some information that will, hopefully, serve to guide you through the maze of seemingly endless choices and options and confusing ingredients, and guide to you to make the right choice for you and your skin type.
When choosing a moisturizer, it is important to choose one that is free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and dyes. Many companies, even those that tout themselves as providing an all-natural line, use ingredients that have been linked to skin irritation and dryness, as well as various skin diseases such as cancer.
Avoid dry skin creams and lotions that contain petroleum products such as Vaseline, etc. Petroleum does not penetrate your skin, but sits on the surface blocking natural respiration, excretion, and absorption of other nutrients. Petroleum jelly has no nutrient value and can actually interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing abilities. Use of petroleum jelly, ironically, often leads to chapping and drying.
As a replacement for standard Vaseline use Un Petroleum Jelly. This product contains Castor oil, coconut oil, beeswax, castor wax, soybean oil, tocopheryl acetate, and vitamin E.