6 Awesome Natural Fixes For Dry, Scaly Skin!

The chilly, dry air of winter is one of our skin’s biggest enemies, especially for those of us living in a place with lower temperatures and little sun during the colder months. Research even shows that cold air affects us on a cellular level [1]! Our skin acts as a barrier between us and the outside environment, so in order to protect our interior, we must keep our exterior healthy and moisturized.

However, you will be happy to hear that there are certain natural, easily-accessible remedies for dry skin, so keep reading below to find out what they are and how they can help you!

1. Make use of natural oils

While every oil has its own benefits (such as rosehip oil which fixes rosacea and scarring, castor oil that helps promote hair growth, and many others), there are certain oils that are incredibly beneficial for dry skin. Coconut oil is enriched with saturated fats and antioxidants, which help nourish your skin’s barrier and protect it from external damage. According to studies, virgin coconut oil reduces inflammation in the skin [2], as well as being an effective way to treat xerosis (a condition causing rough, scaly skin) by boosting the lipid levels in the skin’s surface [3].

Another natural remedy beneficial for dry skin is argan oil. This multi-purpose, easy-to-use oil is full of both skin and hair-boosting perks, but its most important quality is the ability to deeply hydrate stubborn dry skin, due to its high Vitamin E content. Vitamin E is known for its moisturizing abilities, as it increases the activity of the sebaceous glands, helping to hydrate the skin. Vitamin E infused products are often used for dry cuticles, elbows, and feet.

2. Stock up on avocados

This yummy fruit can be used both internally and externally to improve your skin! Eating a lot of avocados means your body is absorbing increased quantities of monounsaturated fat (known for boosting longevity and protecting your heart [4]), which will help hydrate your skin and improve its elasticity.

Avocado oil is also an amazing skin moisturizer, alleviating dry, chapped or damaged skin - just make sure you apply it topically to your dermis and don’t ingest it!

3. Take smarter showers

Dry skin is usually the effect of these two factors: too much hot water, and not enough moisture. We understand that it can be very tempting to take a long, steamy shower (especially in winter), but while this may feel lovely at the time, it certainly won’t help your skin, since hot water and soap strip it of its natural moisture. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash as this is more gentle on the skin, and consider investing in a soap-free cleanser for your body. Your shower or bath time should also be no longer than 10 minutes, and you should always apply a deeply moisturizing lotion afterward.

Our Dream Lotion is the perfect candidate - made from natural, plant-based ingredients and enriched with nourishing essential oils (such as lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, and almond), this smooth body cream is proven to increase hydration in dry skin thanks to its blend of cocoa butter and oatmeal. It is also the ideal lotion to apply after your evening shower and right before going to bed, as the relaxing mix of ingredients will naturally unwind your body, helping you fall asleep quicker!

4. Incorporate oatmeal in your pamper routine

Oats are one of the most effective natural remedies for stubborn dry skin, due to their high concentration of anti-inflammatory oxidation inhibitors, as well as omega-3 rich lipids and omega-6 fatty acids. Studies have shown that applying finely ground oat kernels to your skin significantly improves its scaliness and cracking, after only one day! [5] Adding these ground kernels (also known as colloidal oatmeal) to your bath can also strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, and help thoroughly moisturize your skin.

5. Use a humidifier

Most people may not know this, but during the colder months of the year, the humidity in the air is at a low, especially in certain regions of the world where temperatures drop significantly. To increase the humidity levels in your house, and offer your skin a necessary boost (at least while indoors), invest in a humidifier. The best way to use this is setting it to around 60% power, as anything above or below this might not be beneficial for your skin, and remember to clean it regularly to avoid it growing mold!

6. Invest in hyaluronic acid

This molecule naturally occurs in our bodies - it helps lubricate our joints and keep our skin looking plump, due to its incredible ability to retain moisture. A rising star in the skincare and beauty world, hyaluronic acid (often abbreviated as HA) can do wonders for your skin when applied topically, moisturizing deep into your dermal layer. Whether you choose to lather it on your body or ingest it via daily supplements, hyaluronic acid is bound to alleviate dry skin and hydrate it from within.

Conclusion

Preventing dry skin, as well as treating it, can be achieved without an array of chemicals - instead, use the powerful remedies that nature has gifted us to moisturize your skin without damaging it! Whether your changes are internal (by consuming more avocado or taking HA supplements), or you choose to adjust your external habits (shortening your showers, applying moisturizing body lotions such as the Dream Lotion), following the above advice is guaranteed to leave you with smoother feeling skin, and an overall great feeling!


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