Monday, October 10, 2016

Dry, Dehydrated Skin Remedies

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The air is just beginning to get that autumn chill here in Philadelphia and we know what's coming next. The cold, nasty, snowy winter!  It takes a toll on the skin. Now is the time to change up our skin care routine and take steps to prevent the skin from getting too dry, irritated and dehydrated. The lower humidity in the air in the fall and winter, both inside our houses and outside, can cause the skin to be dry, sensitive and itchy. There are some easy little things you can do to help your skin be less dry in the colder weather.

No Hot Showers
I know it feels fantastic when you are chilled, but a hot shower will dehydrate your skin. Take a short warm shower instead of a long, steamy hot one.

No Tub Soaking
A long soak in the tub will also dehydrate the skin. I know it sounds crazy. You would think soaking in water would hydrate the skin, but it doesn't. Take a short warm shower instead of a bath to reduce skin dehydration.

Use Body Wash

Use a moisturizing body wash instead of soap. Many soaps have an alkaline pH and disturb the acid balance of the skin. Moisturizing body washes are less likely to disturb the skin's pH balance which helps prevent skin dryness.

Dead cell build up makes the skin on our face and body look and feel dry. Use a facial scrub and a body scrub that contains oil during your shower once or twice a week, but no more than that, to remove rough dry skin. Over exfoliating the skin leaves it thinner and dehydrated.

3 Second Rule
Pat your skin dry after your shower and apply body oil and/or moisturizer within 3 minutes to help seal in the water on your skin from the shower.

Humidify the Air
Use a humidifier in your house to moisten the air. Water evaporates from our skin throughout the day and night. We want to keep water in our skin. The water evaporates less from the skin in moist air.

Glove it!
Protect your hands. Use rubber gloves while cleaning and wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Old Fashioned Skin Care
Give your feet the old petroleum jelly and socks treatment overnight. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly or other thick oily cream to your feet at night. Top them off with socks. This works great for dry cracked hands too. You can use socks on your hands as well or white cotton gloves.

Lip Moisture
Keep your lips moist with a thin layer of your facial moisturizer topped with a layer of lip balm to seal the moisturizer in.

Drink Water
Drink plenty of water each day to keep your body and your skin hydrated.

Eat your Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids 

Both help to condition the skin and fight dandruff.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids-Eat soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids-Eat cereals and grains, corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, black currant oil, evening primrose oil and egg yolks.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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