Remove Dry Skin from the Outside In

Author: Ashley Scobie   Date Posted:28 May 2018 

Dryness is a very common concern when it comes to our skin, especially as the weather starts to cool down. With age and the colder weather your skin starts to lose moisture. Dry skin comes in many forms, for some it causes flaky, dull skin and for others it can even cause an eczema like appeal. Either way, it’s not nice.

 

I know we tell you all the time, but healthy skin really does start from the outside in, which is why this guide focuses not only on what you can do to your skin, but what you can fuel your insides with too.

First things first, SKIN. 

If you have dry, flaky skin the first thing you want to do is hydrate it. You can do this by….

Cleansing: But let’s make this very clear (did you like that pun?) the last thing you want to do is use a product that strips all the natural oil from your face. So, have a through look at the ingredients before you put it on your precious skin. (We’ll let you know what to look out for further down the page).

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  • Exfoliating: Regular exfoliation using a scrub is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin. The exfoliating effect buffs away the dead, dry skin and reveals a new, healthy layer.

Moisturise: and don’t stop. Think of your moisturiser like a tall glass of water for your dehydrated skin. It's vital. But again, make sure you're using a NATURAL moisturiser, don’t just trust the pretty packaging but read the ingredients as they don’t lie.

The aim of the 3-step process is to hydrate, nourish, replenish and protect. If you are using healthy skin loving products then this won’t be a problem. But there are many products out there that make ‘claims’ to do things the don’t, and unfortunately these products may be the very cause of your dry skin.

So make sure you avoid these:

Sodium laureth sulfate: Sodium laureth sulfate is added to face and hand washes to make it foamy, it’s what gives skin that squeaky clean feeling. The problem is that it strips skin of its natural oils and leads to over-drying and severe dermatitis.

Synthetic fragrances: Synthetic fragrances cause sever irritation for most skin types and are shown to trigger redness and inflammation and ultra-dry skin.

Alcohol: Alcohol is popular ingredient used in cleansers, makeup removers, acne treatments and ‘hydrating skincare products’. One of the many problems is that it breaks down the skin's natural protective barrier, leading to dryness and severe irritation.

Preservatives: Preservatives are found in most skincare products; they include parabens and ethylhexanol. Unfortunately, even those big brands claiming to be natural use these common irritants.

Now for the inside. Having healthy, hydrated skin starts from the outside in and the inside out.

 

H20: Drink more water! The average person should be drinking 2 litres per day. This can be tricky at first so try adding some lemon, lime or essential oils to your water to make it more appealing.

Eat hydrating foods: In addition to drinking more water, you should eat it too. Foods with a high-water content like watermelon, orange and cucumber are refreshing, hydrating and are oh so good for your skin.

Healthy fats: Fatty acids help the skin retain moisture, making it plump and supple. To up your fatty intake eats more foods like avocado, flaxseeds, olive oil or try snacking on some nuts throughout the day.

Avoid dehydrators: Caffeine, alcohol and foods with a high-sodium content (salt) draw valuable water reserves from the body. It you’re a salt lover like us, then try using pink hymalan salt and ditch the supermarket brands.

 

With a combination of these, dry skin is sure to be a thing of the past. 

Just remember these tips and you're ready to take on winter! 

 


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