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Monday, December 3, 2018

Taking Care of Dry Skin

Does your face feel dry and brittle?? Most likely the winter weather has created a mess out of your skin There are a few things you can do.

Use water only to wash your face. This will help avoid using harsh cleaners. Dry skin on face will produce less oil than normal and using only water will help to prevent skin from flaking off. The use of harsh cleansers might only cause the oils produced to be washed off, thereby worsening the problem. So instead of using harsh cleansers or any kind of soap, wash your face with plain water only. Make sure to use warm water, not hot, as the latter can trigger further dryness and flaking.

Warm water and not hot should be used when washing face. It is not a good idea to use cleansers. Facial cleansers may have ingredients that cause dryness increasing the problem of dry skin. Sulfate, salicylic acid, or any form of alcohol should not be used. Likewise hot showers should not be taken.

Hot showers may strip off the natural oil barrier from your body. Natural oils are needed to help trap moisture and keep skin smooth and well moisturized. The lower the temp of water used for your shower and try to take shorter showers. Short, warm baths or showers followed up by drying skin and applying a gentle moisturizer is recommended.

Olive oil is rich in healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, olive oil is definitely good for your skin. The oil helps sooth and condition your skin and helps to treat dryness. It only takes a few drops.

  • Olive Oil Scrub--- tablespoon of honey, four tablespoons brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix Scrub on dry skin prior to taking a shower or applying moisturizer.

It may surprise you that milk offers a soothing feeling on itchy and dry facial skin. Lactic acid helps exfoliate dead skin cells and boosts moisture.

  • Soak washcloth in cold milk. Place cloth on face leave for 5-7 minutes. USe second cloth soaked in warm water to wash milk from face. The milk naturally moisturizes the skin and is safe to do so. 

Keep in mind dry skin is treatable. It simply takes a bit of care and the right remedies.

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