Dry Skin Care

How to Treat Dry Skin Naturally

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Dry Skin Care | 0 comments

Dry skin can be frustrating and difficult to deal with, trying to find the right products or treatments to combat the tight, flaky skin. Try these natural ingredients and tips to combat dryness and help transform dry skin to soft, smooth, and radiant. Dry skin is caused by a lack of production of sebum, or oil, which is the skins’ natural moisturizer. The lack of sebum decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so dry skin is often dehydrated as well. Dry skin often appears delicate, with fine, small pores. It can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that can peel. Dry skin can be triggered by menopause or other hormonal changes. This type of skin needs a lot of moisturizers and protection. Tips to help with dry skin: Bathe less often. Sometimes bathing every other day can alleviate dry skin. Use warm, not hot water in the shower or bath. Use mild cleansers instead of harsh, drying ‘detergent bars’. Use moisturizers regularly. Natural Ingredients May Also Help Look for products with the following ingredients, as they may help combat dry skin: Humectants – these ingredients attract moisture from the air, draw it to the skin and ‘lock’ the moisture into the skin. Examples of humectants include: Vegetable glycerin Honey – try making a simple honey facial mask once per week to gently exfoliate flaky skin while also moisturizing. Vegetable oils – examples of vegetable oils that are beneficial to dry skin include: Avocado oil Rice Bran oil Argan oil Olive oil Rose Hip Seed oil Coconut oil Butters – these natural butters help to restore moisture deep into the skin and lay a protective barrier down on top of the skin to help moisture from escaping. Examples include: Shea butter Cocoa butter Essential Oils – these are essences taken from plants, flowers, roots, trees spices, citrus fruits, etc. Examples of essential oils used in formulas to combat dry skin include: Jasmine Neroli (Orange Blossom) Chamomile (both Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile) Rose Otto Lavender Sandalwood Geranium Though it can be difficult to find products that work effectively on dry skin, this article has provided a number of tips and natural ingredients to try in your efforts to combat ashy, flaky and dry skin. Reading the ingredient listing on products or making your own skin care products to include the ingredients listed above may be an easy way to use natural ingredients to bring about the desired change in your dry...

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What You Should Know About the Different Types of Skin

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Anti Aging, Dry Skin Care, Mature Skin Care, Normal Skin Care, Oily Skin Care, Problematic Skin Care, Sensitive Skin Care, Skin Care | 0 comments

Knowing what skin type you have is critical to caring for it properly and to keep your skin looking its best.  In this article you will learn about the different skin types so you can easily determine which type of skin you have.  As skin changes over time and as a result of many factors, including age, stress, diet and environment, you may want to refer back to this article again and again to see if your skin type has changed. First up is normal skin.  This skin type is actually pretty rare, especially after puberty.  Young children have ‘normal’ skin, which is easy to recognize by the natural glow and color, softness and plumpness.  This type of skin does not have acne, wrinkles or enlarged pores.  It has good circulation and is even colored and smooth.  Many people long for ‘normal’ skin and use their skin care routines to help their skin take on the appearance of healthy, normal skin. Next is dry skin.  Dry skin is caused by a lack of production of sebum, or oil, which is the skins’ natural moisturizer.  The lack of sebum decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so oftentimes dry skin is also dehydrated.  Dry skin can be caused by menopause or other hormonal changes.  Dry skin can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that can peel. This type of skin needs a lot of moisturizers and protection, as it is easily affected by environmental factors such as sun and wind. Dry skin often looks delicate, with fine, small pores. Oily skin can be easy to recognize, as it can have a shiny appearance and enlarged pores.  Oily skin is caused by excessive sebum production.  It can be accompanied by acne, blackheads and blemishes, but this is not always the case.  It is possible to have oily skin without blemishes. Oily skin can be brought on by over-cleaning, such as scrubbing with harsh cleansers or soaps and using astringents that contain alcohol.  This can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, making skin even more oily than before. Combination skin is the most common skin type. This is found in people of all ages and is characterized by a patchwork of normal, oily and dry skin.  The T-zone, which is across the forehead and down the nose and chin, creating a ‘T’ is oily, and often has blackheads.  The cheeks can be normal to dry. Acne prone skin breaks out often as a result of overactive sweat and oil glands.  Teenagers and young adults are most prone to acne, but people of all ages can battle with acne prone skin.  As with oily skin, over-cleaning with harsh cleansers can trigger the skin to produce even more oil, so this should be avoided.  A consistent, gentle skin care routine is best for this type of skin. Next up is sensitive skin. This skin type is easily irritated and often red, itchy and uncomfortable.  It is prone to allergic reactions to alcohol...

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