I’m a strong believer in D.I.Y products. Most organic products that you buy off the shelf are just a combination of ingredients that you can make for yourself at home. I have experimented with products for both my hair and skin and I can confidently attest to their success. All you need to do is research properly on the ingredients. Learn about the upsides and downsides before you use them on your skin. That way, you may end up achieving even better results than those expensive products that are bought on the shelf.
I have serious dry tendencies when it comes to my skin type. Aside from my T-zone the other sections of my face can get super dry and flaky. The products that help most when it comes to dealing with this are oils such as Vitamin E oil and Olive Oil. Aside from this, there are several ingredients that you can put together to create a product that helps to moisturize the skin.
Here are a few tips when dealing with dry skin.
- Avocado Mask
Avocado has been used as both a hair and face mask. It has very good moisturizing properties that penetrate the skin and give it a subtle shine. This is a remedy that I can personally vouch for because I’ve used it and seen its positive effects on my skin. The fruit is packed with skin-friendly minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamins A, E, B and K, and unsaturated fats.
Avocados contain oleic acid excellent for dry or ageing skin as it penetrates easily and deeply into the skin’s surface, replenishing lost moisture and stopping additional moisture from evaporating. Oleic acid can restore the natural oil of the skin, without clogging pores and leading to breakouts.
2. Avoid extremely hot showers
Many people like to take hot showers and especially on a cold day. It sort of warms you up, at least at the moment. If you have dry skin, I would suggest that you substitute the hot showers and instead use lukewarm water. I’m sure you have experienced a situation where once you are done taking a hot shower your fingers start to look wrinkly. This is a sign that moisture has been stripped away, according to dermatologist Shari Marchbein.
The same thing happens to your skin. According to Marchbein, dry skin can become a more serious issue with regular and extended exposure to hot water, which further strips away the protective lipid layer responsible for keeping moisture in and bacteria and irritants out.
3. Moisturize your skin while it is damp
Technically, lotions and oils are designed to lock in moisture. Even when part of the products should be moisturizing agents, you can enhance this by moisturizing your skin while it is damp. This way you add to the moisture that is in the products and therefore reducing the dry tendencies on the skin. Damp skin absorbs the moisturizer more readily and on top of that, it gives the moisturizer the chance to lock in that hydration.
Dr. Patricia Wexler advises that the prime time for moisturizing your body is within five minutes of getting out of the shower, says Wexler. Pat yourself till you are lightly damp and then begin slathering moisturizer on yourself like you are on the clock. Don’t stop for anything.
4. Bathe with moisturizing oils
Do you ever have one of those self-care days where you sit in a bathtub for hours and just meditate? You might want to start incorporating moisturizing oils such as Vitamin E oils to these setups. The warmth of the water aids the skin to absorb the oils and that way you will be helping your dry skin to absorb a lot more moisture. Why You Need Vitamin E In Your Skincare Routine
Vitamin E oil is a very good oil to incorporate into your bath. “It is an oil-soluble nutrient and is hence heavier than water-soluble products. It restores the lost moisture, and this is why it works best for dry and damaged skin,” says Dr. Ahuja, a dermatologist.
5. Make use of coconut oil
Coconut oil contains emollient properties that fill the spaces between skin cells, creating a smooth surface. That’s why the saturated fatty acids that occur naturally in coconut oil can hydrate and smooth the skin. They help to reduce rough and flaky skin. The major advantage is that with coconut oil you don’t necessarily have to mix it with anything. It works perfectly on its own. Beauty: 5 Benefits Of Jojoba Oil Vs Coconut Oil
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