Dry, flaky, dull skin anyone?
If you’ve answered yes, you may be comforted to know that you are not alone as dry skin is a very common problem, especially as we age. Our once youthful glowing complexion can turn into a dry, dull, flaky complexion.
More often than not we react by slathering ourselves in heavy creams, hoping they will be the answer, but in reality creams are only part of solution.
When dealing with dry skin, there are many different triggers to avoid and it’s important to remember that skincare is an inside job as much as it’s an outside one. So your diet is integral in improving your dry skin from the inside out.
Dry skin may sound like no big deal, but dry, flaky, and cracked skin can range from being an inconvenience for some, to really painful & embarrassing for others. If you’ve ever experienced really dry skin you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Dry Skin can feel itchy, burning and tight. The flaky, rough and red appearance can lower self confidence, cause embarrassment and even result in depression, anxiety & insomnia.
So what is dry skin & what can trigger it? Dry skin results, from it being exposed to elements that are damaging skin cells faster than your body can repair them.
A few things that typically trigger dry skin include-
- Hot showers or baths
- Bathing or showering too often
- Scratching your skin
- Excessive air conditioning or sitting under direct heat from a heater or fire
- Shaving using a blunt razor or dry shaving without soap/gel
- Rubbing skin too hard when towel drying
- Using lotions that contain alcohol & toxins
- Clothes rubbing on your skin
- Frequent contact with detergents & toxins
- Exposure to snow, sun, extreme heat and wind without protection
These triggers can strip the moisture and oil out of your skin leaving it parched, dry and scaly.
So other than avoiding the common triggers, what can we do to combat dry skin naturally?
Here are 5 easy ways
1. Exfoliate for fresh skin
Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and to create fresh skin that is more easily able to absorb moisturisers. Try a scrub that contains pure oils to deeply moisturise the skin whist you are exfoliating.
Such as our Waratah & Wattle Seed Sugar Scrub. It is a delicious blend of organic sucrose, olive fruit, coconut, avocado & jojoba oils, combined with wild harvested waratah and raw wattle seed. It enlivens even the driest skin.
Your freshly exfoliated skin is prime for absorbing the moisturising benefits of the beautiful natural oils in the scrub.
2. Add moisture
Dry skin occurs when your skin is lacking sufficient moisture. It is therefore critical that you rehydrate the top layer of skin cells and seal in the moisture with the use of a natural body lotion, body butter or body oil.
This is essential for managing skin conditions that cause itching and dryness.
A good moisturizer will contain humectants and emollients. Humectants draw water into the skin, while emollients form a protective film over the skin’s surface, which helps lock in moisture.
If your skin is very dry it will likely benefit from a thicker moisturiser such as body butter or body oil. Have you tried our Lilly Pilly Body Butter? This is a beautiful rich blend of certified organic Lilly Pilly & Kakadu Plum extracts & coconut & olive fruit oils, enlivens even the driest of skins.
Lilly Pilly is a wonder berry, bursting with Vitamin C goodness & fruit acids which firm the skin leaving it looking & feeling more youthful. The addition of pure lemon myrtle leaf oil refreshes your senses whilst also having antibacterial benefits which assist in tightening pores and bringing relief to irritated and sensitive skin.
If you prefer to apply natural oils directly to your skin, why not try coconut oil or sunflower oil as they both work well to treat dry skin.
Whatever your preferred moisturiser, is great to apply when you’re fresh from the shower or bath or straight after exfoliating.
3. Indulge in an oat soak
Oatmeal is a natural ingredient that can help relieve dry skin. Add powdered oatmeal to your bath to naturally rehydrate & soothe dry skin, Oats helps your skin retain moisture from the bath water. The resulting solution forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin, which helps to seal in moisture.
Powedered oatmeal can help to relieve dryness and itching.
Oatmeal is also known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce skin irritation.
A small study from 2015 found that colloidal oatmeal reduced scaling, dryness, roughness, and the intensity of itching in healthy females with mild to moderate itching.
There was also a 2015 study which found that extracts from oatmeal had anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, suggesting it can help treat dry skin.
4. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals & toxins
Harsh toxic ingredients can trigger or aggravate dry skin and even burn your skin, making it red raw. Some skincare products contain additives, such as alcohol, perfumes and artificial colours, which are not only unhealthy but can cause or worsen skin irritation.
People with itchy or sensitive skin should use natural, skincare products free from synthetic fragrance, preservatives and colours.
5. Heal dry skin from inside out
Healthy fats and oils will add needed moisture and make your skin more supple. So the key to healing your dry skin is to increase the amount of healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil in your diet.
Foods high in antioxidants such as blueberries & tomatoes hydrate the skin & help protect skin from free radical damage. Fruits, especially citrus fruits, help the skin produce collagen, which gives skin a plump, moisturised look and feel.