Showing posts with label cold weather. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cold weather. Show all posts

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dry Skin S.O.S.

We’re in the endless winter doldrums – the holidays have passed, cold weather has settled in, and winter coats are our daily fashion statement. Not to mention, our skin is dry and itchy. How do we combat it in this dry season?

Common skin lotions and salves often contain strong perfumes and odors, not to mention a list of ingredients that can only be found in a laboratory. So what do you do when your skin is dry and flaky, but you don’t want to use chemical-laden solutions?

First, take a look at your food. Your diet can greatly affect the health of your skin! As the body’s largest organ, it’s a gauge of our internal health. Not sure what to munch? Eat foods that are high in silica content, like celery and cucumber. Drink plenty of water. And enjoy healthy fats, like fatty fish (salmon or sardines), walnuts, and flax seed. The more nutrients you give your body, the healthier and more moisturized your skin will be, so aim for getting at least 3 or more colors of fruits and vegetable per day.

Second, travel no further than your kitchen! You’ll be surprised how many of the top natural dry skin remedies are hanging out in your cupboards. Kitchen finds like buttermilk, olive oil, and guacamole are easy, gentle moisturizers and skin soothers, and you don’t need to add anything to them for effectiveness. Simply lay them on the skin and let their anti-inflammatory properties and moisturizing oils sink in.

If you have a little more time, you might want to whip up a few easy recipes for any dry skin ailments. From under-eye dry patches to rosacea, you’ll find plenty of ways you can keep your skin treatment both cheap and easy, while avoiding chemicals and perfumes. Be prepared for a different texture than what you are used to: making skin lotions and treatments at home means you don’t add the extraneous ingredients for smoothness or color. But with a little practice, you will be surprised how simple and quick these effective remedies can be.

Last, if making your own solutions doesn’t appeal to you, take heart! There are many organic options with few ingredients, lots of nutrients, and moisture and healing for your dry skin. Not sure where to find them? Your local health food store will offer plenty of choices! If you don’t have one close to you, do a search online for organic lotions and dry skin remedies. You will find plenty to choose from. Be sure to check out the ingredient list, as natural products are trending right now, and the term “natural” can be used for any product, as there are no federal guidelines for its use. You may search for terms like “organic,” or “100% pure.” But still review the ingredient list to be sure you are satisfied with what you are putting on your skin as it absorbs everything we put on it.

Your skin might suffer during the cold months, but you can combat the drying effects of winter with some great alternatives! What natural remedies work best for your skin? Do you have a recipe for a natural solution that you would recommend?

Contributing Writer