After all, it’s not just the cold that can bring on the irritating condition. Everything from the sun, to chemicals found in your favourite beauty products, and your diet can all play a part – and you’ll be even more surprised to learn dry skin affects nearly half the population (47%), according to a recent study. But what can you do to combat this persistent problem? Here at Greenwood Organics we’ve put together our top five tips…
1. Start from the Inside – You’ve heard that old adage ‘You are what you eat’, and it’s so true when it comes to your skincare routine. If you’re a fan of junk food, it’s time to kick the bad habit – for more reasons than just to keep track of your general health. Love greasy foods? Partial to sugary snacks? It’ll quickly show in your skin as fast – if not faster – than it will on your waist line. Skin could be overly oily, and you may develop nasty pimples and blackheads as a result. Instead, and to promote healthy skin that’s not too dry or greasy – ensure you get at least five-a-day when it comes to fruit and veg. It’s also worth incorporating vitamin C into your diet – try a freshly squeezed orange juice with breakfast, or a handful of fresh berries on your cereal. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant found in brazil nuts and oily fish; try this along with avocados for your recommended dose of vitamin E, as well as plenty of clean, fresh water daily, and enough omega-3 and omega-6 fats. You can find these in walnut and rapeseed oil, and they’re ideal for inflammatory skin conditions, and dry skin overall.
2. Consider Supplements – Struggling to incorporate the aforementioned oils into your diet? Instead, try natural supplements like vitamin E, zinc, and vitamin C, which will help ease the symptoms of dry skin and ensure your face and body is healthy and glowing in no time. Udo’s Oil is another great product well worth a try. A mixture of flaxseed, sunflower, sesame, and evening primrose oil it can be used in your diet to strengthen and support your skin from the inside.
3. Introduce Oils –Choose natural coconut oil for cooking and instead of butter or low fat spread. One of the most inexpensive remedies for dry skin, coconut oil can not only be taken internally but can also be used directly on the face and body following a shower to add moisture. Elsewhere, it can be used on the hair as a deep conditioning treatment or pop some onto a cotton pad and remove your make-up with it!
4. Avoid Harsh, Drying Products – Of course, when it comes to healthy skin half the battle is ensuring the foods you put into your body are the right ones. But doing the right thing as far as nutrition goes doesn’t necessarily mean you should let your skincare routine fall by the wayside.
Avoid harsh facial washes and exfoliators which will only aggravate your skin and make any dryness worse. Opt instead for oil or cream based cleansers and remove them with warm water and a clean face cloth, then apply a rich, moisturising cream or light oil.
We recommend our neroli and rosehip facial oil, as it’s moisturising and healing, and doesn’t clog the pores. Don’t worry about getting a greasy pillow, either, as this product’s easily absorbed. It’s also rich in Omega 3 and 6 to help you get a double dose of skin-related goodness. Internally, it’ll protect the skin, helping prevent moisture loss, and balancing sebum at the same time.
5. Think Natural – As with any skin irritation, the first thing to do is strip down your beauty routine and avoid anything that’s going to cause further problems. Try products featuring natural ingredients, as these are less likely to irritate the skin, and the natural oils within the product will go a long way to heal dry skin conditions. Calendula oil, Shea butter, Rosehip oil and Jojoba oil are just a few of the wonderful oils nature offers to help protect and nourish your skin.
Mature skins can always do with a helping hand regardless; as much of the moisture found in the skin can be lost as we age.
Need some advice? Don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can recommend products based on your skin type.