And as we prepare for the warmer months, now is a great time to shed that dry winter skin and prepare for some fun in the sun!
Causes for Dry Skin
As you can imagine there are a number of reasons why your skin can dry out.
- Overwashing your hands with soap
- Simply being older (over about 40 or 50 you will tend to have dryer skin)
- Living in a dry climate
- Underlying skin disease like eczema or psoriasis
- Interacting with lots of chemicals – in the pool, as a hairdresser, if you work in a lab, etc.
- Even exposure to chemical fragrances in your skin care products can dry out your skin
- Relying too heavily on moisturizers that are water based
- Harsh laundry detergents or fabric softeners
Literally everything from how you wash your clothes to the activities you choose in your spare time to the type of climate you live in can potentially influence how dry (or not) your skin is at any given moment. This also means there are several basic things you can do to increase the moisture to combat that dry skin!
Today we are going to discuss 4 quick tips though that you can do no matter what the cause of your dry skin. They are all fairly easy to find, relatively affordable, and all natural.
Dry Skin Fix #1: Add Oil… But Only the Right Ones!
Some of us might get a bit scared about putting oil on our skin… doesn’t that cause acne and all kinds of other skin inflammations? Um… not exactly.
The oil that is produced on your skin doesn’t cause acne… it has more to do with how your body pushes toxins out through the skin and the oil which is left on your skin is then sitting there clogging your pores. It’s more a sign of a poor diet or other underlying inflammation in most cases.
You might vaguely remember from chemistry class that like dissolves like… this includes oils! It’s referred to as an “oil cleansing method”.
How to Do It
Pour some oil onto your hands and rub all over your face. You can leave it on for a few minutes or rinse immediately. Using very warm water, wipe the oil off of your face.
*Remember oil and water don’t “mix” so the rinsing step might take a bit longer than usual.
Alternatively, you can take a shower and wash your face with usual products (preferably all natural without chemical fragrances which could dry out your skin more!) Then use some oil to rub into your skin as a luxurious moisturizer.
What Oils to Use
Some of the best oils to use for your skin are jojoba, argan, coconut, avocado, olive oil. Jojoba is actually the closest to your naturally produced oil by your body, so it’s fantastic for skin care needs… but it’s unfortunately not the cheapest.
Dry Skin Fix #2: Yogurt
Yogurt has several naturally occurring vitamins and minerals including:
- Calcium to help you generate new skin cells
- Zinc which is an anti-inflammatory (very helpful if your dry skin is caused at least in part by inflammation!)
- Several B vitamins which work together to hydrate, moisturize and protect the skin
- Lactic acid helps to gently dissolve the dead skin
How to Do It
You can simply slather the yogurt over your dry skin, keep it on for 10-20 minutes before washing it off with a warm wet washcloth. If you want some more advanced options than just straight yogurt, you can check out some of these easy yogurt face mask recipes.
What Yogurt to Use
When using yogurt for skin care, I always recommend a sugar-free plain, unflavored yogurt. Personally I prefer a Greek variety.
Dry Skin Fix #3: Honey
Honey is a great moisturizer agent – it draws some of the deeper moisture out and seals it at the surface to really moisturize the outer dry layers of skin.
As a bonus, honey is an antibacterial agent making it fantastic for cleansing as well!
How to Do It
Cleanse your skin as usual first. Then apply honey in a thin layer over the dry skin and leave it for 10-20 minutes. Then rinse it off with a warm wet washcloth. Enjoy your invigorated and moisturized skin!
What Honey to Use
Raw, unfiltered honey is the best for skin care needs. (Bonus points if it’s harvested locally, but that’s not as important for skin care as it is when you are using it medicinally.) There are all kinds of amazing things in the raw, unfiltered versions that are unavailable in the filtered and/or pasteurized counterparts. For more info on all of this, check out this awesome post about the types of honey that are optimal for skin care.
Dry skin fix #4: Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is go-to solution for sunburn care. There are lots of other benefits to aloe- it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. There are lots of common applications, but often it’s not used much for dry skin. Aloe is truly a powerhouse solution… when it’s used correctly.
How to Do It
Aloe vera is a unique natural skin solution that moisturizes without leaving a greasy or oily feeling behind. Because of this, it’s a great dry skin solution if you have naturally oily skin!
However, if your skin is not typically oily it might actually dry your skin further. This is because even though it’s naturally a great moisturizer agent, it doesn’t have anything to help the hydration to stay in the skin when it’s applied. You can get around this by adding glycerin, honey or some Vitamin E oil.
*Bonus* Taking Aloe Vera orally is also great for skin hydration!
What Aloe Vera to Use
You want to look for cold-processed, organic aloe vera gel for topical use and juice if you want to attempt internal use. Here is a great reference for all things aloe vera that has some great recipes and lists other benefits of this powerful plant!
Do you have any natural dry skin fixes to add?
Share your favorite in the comments below! And if you try any of these fixes, tell us your experiences!