Dry Skin Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
Every person is unique and has characteristics and traits they are born with and some that change and develop over time. One of those is skin type. One type is dry skin and it can be a painful issue. The symptoms (flaking, itching, cracking) can make sufferers miserable.
While dry skin can be frustrating, there are actions we can take and products we can use to help us to alleviate the symptoms and have the glowing skin we desire.
Hydrate Aging Dry Skin
As we grow older, our hormones change and we begin to see the effects of environmental factors (pollution, toxins) and the lifestyle choices (smoking, sunbathing, etc.) we’ve made over the years. These factors can lead to dry skin.
The sebaceous glands slow down their production of sebum (a moisturizing substance that is secreted to protect and soften the skin) as we age. The skin then begins to look less radiant and healthy.
To address dry skin it is best to not overcleanse the skin and promote natural oil return with healthy products like clay masks. While clay masks can help rehydrate dry skin, the clay shouldn’t be allowed to dry completely, staying on the face a shorter time. The clay does not need to dry out to be effective. 1 to 3 minutes of drying can be successful, depending on the individual’s skin sensitivity.
Here is a DYI recipe that supports a more hydrating clay mask by adding a little aloe vera and matcha tea! The combination helps with redness, dryness but much better with my ClayLove’s Clay Powder Blend for dry and sensitive skin.
Another dry skin perpetrator is tap water. Tap water is hard and contains bacteria and minerals. When we wash our face, rose water or distilled water is highly recommended, along with a gentle hydrating cleanser.
Dry Climate = Dry Skin
Dry skin is also caused by where we live and the changing of the seasons. Our skin naturally has more oil and looks fresher during the spring and summer, only to become dull and dehydrated during the winter months.
Using heaters is yet another cause for dry skin. The heater actually removes water from the air, parching the skin and environment even more. One solution to the heater issue could be to use a humidifier in the rooms you most frequent. Even placing a vessel (bowl or glass) of fresh water next to the heater will help bring moisture back into the atmosphere.
“Winter’s gift to me: chapped skin and dry lips.” – Rohini Mahadevan
Another way to keep your skin hydrated in the winter is to use a face mist. Chemical-free mists are available, or you could make your own! Check out some amazing DIY face mist recipes here.
Drink Water For Healthy, Radiant Skin
If you suffer from dry skin, drinking more water may help alleviate the problem. When the body is dehydrated, water is rerouted to the major organs that keep us alive, and away from less important areas like the skin. Getting enough clean, pure water into our bodies every day is one way to make sure our skin stays radiant and youthful.
“I always start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon. I find it really cleanses and hydrates me. I have very sensitive, dry skin, so I have to be careful about what I put on my face.” – Eva Green