Hola Chicas/Chicos..ok, here is a subject that I thought was good to touch upon. Dry skin...Most times when we think or speak about skin, we normally hear about oily acne prone skin and all of the wonderful natural treatments for oily or combination skin. So..today, it's all about dry scaly skin..and how to combat it the O'Natural Way.
- Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter: These are some excellent butters that are deeply hydrating. Combining all three to make a facial mixture is definitely a treat for dry skin because they provide necessary moisture to dry scaly skin. The best place to find these butters are at natural herb shops or natural grocery stores. Be sure to read the ingredients..Shea Butter should read 100% raw unrefined shea butter. Cocoa Butter should have very few ingredients and cocoa butter should be the first ingredient listed. The same should go for Mango Butter. I order my butters from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/.
- Exfoliate..Exfoliate..Exfoliate: Be sure to exfoliate your skin. Dry scaly skin often feels rough and often features dry dead skin cells on its surface. You can remove these dead cells and stimulate new cell production with regular exfoliation. Use a homemade natural facial or body scrub at least 2 to 3 times per week. For info on a homemade honey/sugar scrub, check out my post on Brown Sugar/Honey Srcub. Another great solution is to create a homemade facial mask using oatmeal.
- Olive Oil: Use Olive Oil on your scaly skin. This natural remedy is very rich leaving skin smooth and soft. This should be the base if you are using The Oil Cleansing Method (check out my post on The Oil Cleansing Method). Be sure to add the gel of a Vitamin E capsule to your cleansing method. An Oil Cleanser using 50% Olive Oil, 20% Castor Oil and 30% Jojoba Oil would be a great blend to combat dry scaly skin. Be sure that your Olive Oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
- Nutrition: Be sure to eat a healthy balanced diet. Improper diet is one of the number one culprits of dry scaly skin.Talk to your dermatologist or homeopath to find what foods trigger your dry scaly skin.
- Water..H2O: Drink plenty of water. To keep skin moisturized, you must keep moisturize your inside and out. Try to consume 1/2 your body weight in water...Good Stuff!
- Not too Hot: Wash your skin with lukewarm water. Water that is too hot leaches moisture from skin and worsens scaly skin. So remember, lukewarm water.
- Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen daily. The sun's rays damage scaly skin, making it dryer. A great natural oil that has natural sunscreening properties is Grapeseed Oil (see my post for The Oil Cleansing Method)
Carrier Oils That Are Good For Dry Skin:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sweet Almond
- Borage Seed
- Evening Primrose
- Kukui Oil (http://www.fromnaturewithlove/)
Where to find carrier oils and essential oils: Any local health food store (Earthfare, Greenlife, Whole foods or you can order from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/)
This info is in no way proclaiming to be absolute. If condition persists or worsens, please seek professional medical advice.