Dry skin is a problem many of us face with as soon as cold weather comes. A combination of cold weather and dry hot air results in a flaky, dry and dull skin. And the problem becomes more evident when we need to apply makeup, especially a foundation which looks awful on the skin. What are the best remedies for dry skin? Read on and find out.
Symptoms and causes of dry skin
In order to defend against dry skin, we need to recognize symptoms of dry skin: tense, rough and tight skin that is also itchy, flaky and has tightened pores.
Causes of dry skin can be numerous, from extrinsic causes such as dry air, temperature, facial products or ultraviolet radiation. Other include things like medications, many of which can also cause dry skin and there is a genetic predisposition for dry skin. Hormonal change like the one during pregnancy or caused by any other reason can also lead to dry skin. Retaining moisture is crucial for this matter and thus, a proper diet could do miracles for the skin, restore it and protect it at the same time. Aging is another reason of dry skin, precisely, as we get older, the oil-secreting glands decrease leaving the skin unable to retain moisture as it used to.
Eat nuts and as much oily fish as possible. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids accounted for the production of lipids with a protective effect on the skin. Eat colorful foods to ensure all vitamins and minerals that your body needs for numerous reactions which prevent aging.
There are numerous cosmetic products which are reported to be very helpful for dry skin. However, which ingredients exactly are to be looked for in such products?
Hyaluronic acid and urea retain moisture.
Antioxidants like vitamin E fight against skin aging which means they also help retain moisture.
Ceramides help create a protective layer of skin.
Aloe vera, St John’s wort, and minerals soothe the irritated skin.
Always use creams with UV protection. You’ll prevent dry skin caused by UV radiation and prevent dark spots and wrinkles too. Avoid cleansing products with alcohol since they make the skin even dryer.
Prevent dry skin
Peeling is the first step toward easing flaky skin. Do the peeling once to twice a week in order to facilitate “breathing” of the new skin layers.
A daily dose of vitamin C will ensure enough production of enough water-binding collagen which prevents dry skin.
Mesotherapy is a treatment very popular among celebrities. Basically, mesotherapy means using microinjections to inject hyaluronic acid into a subcutaneous layer of the skin known as mesoderm.
Add moisture to the air in rooms where you spend most of your time. A simple humidifier such as a ball of boiled water will do the trick because by evaporating water the air becomes moist.
Avoid very hot baths. Hot water dries out skin and washes away natural oils found having very dry and tight skin as the result.
By following these several easy steps, dry skin should not pose you a problem anymore. But, in case you don’t have any of the things mentioned to ease your problem, resort to home remedies in the form of a facial mask. Use some olive oil, honey, and yogurt and mix it until it becomes homogeneous. Apply the mask and leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. Wash and proceed by making a peeling from coffee grounds or baking soda and then apply some olive oil on the face in the end. Very soon you’ll notice a difference.
Translation: G. Dujmović