For healthy looking skin all year…
Dry skin can be a all season condition, either in cold dry winter months or desert like climates. This condition causes your skin to become dry with much and is caused by your skin not retaining enough moisture. Here are some natural remedies that help balance your skin naturally to help your skin stay balanced. It’s also known that people that stay hydrated with water has less problems with their skin.
- LAVENDER OIL – beside being a all around excellent oil for anxiety, calming, and sleep, it is healing for the skin. Lavender oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. Apply to skin with a carrier oil (coconut, or other natural oils) with cotton ball. My favorite is adding to my bath. That was I get a nice oil for my skin, plus a calming soothing feeling all over.
- CHAMOMILE OIL – Chamomile oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. It’s great for using on all types of skin conditions. Dry flaky itchy skin from weather, acme, sunburn, boils, exima, insect bites & stings, bruises and skin wounds. I also love Chamomile tea to take care of my body from the inside- out. It also helps to calm and relax to sleep at bedtime. ***** NOTE – Pregnant Mothers should NOT use Chamomile Oil or teas as it is known to be a risk of causing mis-carriages, and allergic reactions.
- SANDALWOOD OIL – Sandalwood oil is a great oil for your skin. It is great external and internal oil. It is anti-septic and anti-fungal. Helps balance and keep moisture in the skin.
What is Dry Skin…
Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. While dry skin tends to affect males and females equally, older individuals are typically much more prone to dry skin. The skin in elderly individuals tends to have diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants and their sky becomes thinner than in their youth. Areas such as the arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by dry skin. Environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, have a profound effect on the amount of water retained within the skin. For example, cold, dry air when heated by a furnace will produce dry skin by evaporating moisture on the skin. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing causes evaporation and dryness. Dry skin may also be a side effect of some medications as well as a byproduct of certain skin diseases.
The epidermis normally composed of fat (lipid) and protein. The lipid portion of the epidermis along with specific epidermal proteins (for example, filaggrin) help prevent skin dehydration. When there are deficient proteins and/or lipid, the skin moisture evaporates more easily. As skin becomes dry, it also may become more sensitive and prone to rashes, and skin breakdown. The medical term for dry skin is xerosis. Simple prevention and treatment measures are very effective in the treatment of dry skin. Basic dry skin prevention steps include avoidance of harsh soaps and chemical cleansers. Treatment generally requires more frequent and regular applications of bland emollients and moisturizers. Untreated, dry skin may result in complications, including, dermatitis , secondary bacterial infections, cellulitis, and skin discoloration. Fortunately, dry skin is usually mild and can be easily remedied.
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