Good news/bad news
The good news is that people with dry skin seldom have to suffer from acne when they are young. The bad news is they may pay a price as they get older.
Dry skin can be especially difficult to deal with in cold and dry climates such as Colorado’s. Most people here have dry skin. The situation is even more extreme in New Mexico. A good moisturizer is worth its weight in gold under these conditions.
Low moisture is one major reason for dry skin. This can occur as the result of age, climate, race, general disposition, excessive cleansing, or physiologic factors. Constant lubrication of the skin is absolutely necessary if you don’t want a dried-out, wrinkled prune face.
Dry skin responds well to oils and heavy creams. You need to apply enough moisturizer to give your face and body the elasticity they need to function without straining the skin. You need to make sure that when you smile, your face doesn’t feel like it’s going to crack.
Traditional tried-and-true remedies to help combat dryness of the skin include taking herbal teas with reputations for improving the blood, such as sarsaparilla, burdock, yellow dock, and nettle. Also:
- Eat lots of nuts and high-quality vegetable oils.
- Cleanse the skin with a non-drying cleanser ensuring that all debris of dead skin is removed.
- Use a moisturizer, such as a cream or lotion.
- After the cream soaks in, apply a nut or vegetable oil with a tissue and pat off the excess; allow the rest to soak in.
- Rub the inside of an avocado skin all over a clean face and let sit for twenty minutes to moisturize and nourish dry skin.
- Take vitamin E internally and apply externally.
- Take evening primrose oil and apply topically.
- Drink aloe juice and apply topically.
- Add a cup or two of cider vinegar to your bath.
- Use a bag of oatmeal as a wash cloth.
- Give your skin a break; only wear natural fabrics: cotton, linen, and wool.
- Make a fresh apple juice and brewer’s yeast mask by blending together into a paste.
- Add one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast to eight ounces fresh apple juice for a daily drink.
- Put a humidifier in your bedroom to provide moisture while you sleep.
- Take unsaturated fatty acid oils or GLA; taking zinc supplements also is helpful.
Remember, dry skin loves:
- Olive oil
- Primrose oil
- Rosehip seed oil (topically only)
- Almond oil
- Wheat germ oil
- Kukui oil (topically only)
- Avocado oil
- Brewer’s yeast
Further suggestions for improving your skin:
- Exercise; get lots of fresh air and sunshine; walk, skip, hike, take deep breaths of air; get your circulation going.
- Use botanical enzyme masks or just apply fresh pineapple and papaya to the skin.
- Do yoga; especially postures that reverse the body: headstand, plow, and shoulder stand; a milder way is to lie on a slant board.
- Frequently moisturize; carry moisturizer with you at all times.
- Frequently hydrate with moisture mists.
- Do seasonal internal cleansings.
- Think kind thoughts; among its many benefits, it gives you a softer look.
- Take spirulina.
- Use products that contain horsetail, coltsfoot, rosehip seed, and primrose oil.
- Use a skin brush or a loofah sponge to remove dead skin from your limbs and stimulate circulation.
Avoid synthetic chemicals as much as possible because those of you with dry skin don’t have as much sebum on your face. It is less acidic and, therefore, doesn’t have as much of a protective barrier as oily skin. This is one reason you are so much more sensitive to products than your more oily-skinned sisters.
Make a dry skin therapy oil containing frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, and sandalwood, diluted in almond oil. Apply to areas of dry skin.
Mix any of these essential oils with pure sweet almond oil for dry skin during cold weather:
- Clary sage
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