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5 Natural Dry Face Skin Remedies &
Treatments for Facial Skin Dryness
Reasons for dry skin include a variety of conditions
such as too much sun, windburn, harsh soaps and
cleansers, aging and even diet. Insufficient water can
dry your skin overnight. Start working on dry skin
problems by increasing your water intake.
Take These Vitamins and Natural Oils to Help Dry Skin
Drinking lots of water is one remedy for dry skin,
but if your skin is very dry, you may need
additional help. You may have noticed that many
skin care creams contain vitamins: although
Vitamin E has been shown to work externally to
correct dry skin, most other vitamins don't have a
noticeable effect. Look for Vitamin E enriched
skin creams, and increase its effects by also
taking Vitamin E capsules, which help strengthen
skin from the inside.
Another benefit of taking
Vitamin E is that it works on the skin all over
your body—hands, feet, face and everything in
between. Other natural remedies for dry skin
include Evening Primrose oil, flaxseed oil or
Omega 3 oils derived from fish. All of these
nutritional supplements have been shown to
increase skin's elasticity, its rebuilding
capacity and its moisture. You can get these
treatments at any health food store, and most
pharmacies carry them too.
Make These Diet and Nutritional Changes to Improve
Support the health of your skin by eating plenty
of fresh fish (providing you with Omega 3). Adding
a tablespoon of flax seeds to your morning cereal
tastes good and increases your essential fatty
acid intake. These nutritional steps do more than
fix your dry skin: they're also natural cures for
everything from stomach problems to heart disease.
Use These Products, Lotions and Skin Care to Keep
If you've recently started using an antiaging
lotion or cream, you may suddenly develop dry
skin. Creams that contain retinol, alpha lipoic
acid, or either alpha or beta hydroxyl acids work
by chemically exfoliating (breaking down) upper
layers of skin. If you experience peeling,
redness, scaly skin or a rash, stop using your new
cream and try something with milder ingredients or
a lessened concentration of the main ingredients.
Some people have gotten contact dermatitis from
the very skin creams that were supposed to solve
their dry skin problems!
The best products for your complexion are usually
the simplest: look for creams that have not been
tested on animals and whose main ingredients are
natural. Read the ingredients list on the back of
the label! Consider ingredients like beeswax,
plant oils, herbal extracts and basic ingredients
such as glycerin and water.
Acne treatment can lead to peeling or dry skin;
especially over the counter products containing
salicylic acid or peroxide. Allergies to menthol,
camphor and eucalyptus can also cause scaly,
irritated skin, so if you're using a Noxzema type
product or a nice-smelling toner, you might want
to switch to something that doesn't contain those
For Extreme Dry Skin Treatment and Relief
Extreme dry skin can get relief through intensive
therapy by way of daytime moisturizer lotion,
night creams and increased home humidity. If you
suffer from dry facial skin or dry skin all over
your body, especially in winter, it may be because
the heat in your house is drying you out. Try
putting a cool mist humidifier in your bedroom at
night, and you may see a difference in a few days.
A popular home remedy for dryness is the
moisturizing facial mask. Use a half of a ripe
avocado, pureed. Rinse your face with lukewarm
water and apply the mask while your face is still
damp. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with
lukewarm water and pat dry. Apply your favorite
Skin Conditions that Lead to Scaly, Itchy Skin
Eczema starts out looking and feeling like
extremely dry skin, with itching and redness
increasing until you may have scaly patches,
clear, fluid filled bubbles , or welts on your
arms, legs, face, eyelids or body. Eczema isn't
dry skin, however: it's your body's allergic
response to causes in the environment, and it can
be worsened by stress. If you think you have
eczema, talk with your doctor to find out about
treatments: although dry skin remedies may be part
of controlling eczema, you may also need treatment
with corticosteroids, antihistamines, a special
ointment for relief of itching, or other
prescription drug therapy.
Overview of Tips for Fixing Your Dry Skin
- Avoid too much sun, wind and harsh, over perfumed facial soaps.
- Drink more water.
- Try facial creams with Vitamin E and/or take a Vitamin E supplement.
- Add Omega 3s to your diet. Salmon and flax are great sources.
- Check the labels of your anti-aging creams for skin drying ingredients.
- Try a cool mist humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep.
- Prepare a moisturizing homemade avocado mask.
- Check with your dermatologist or doctor if you think you may have Eczema.
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