Fair-skinned individuals are more likely to have dry skin, especially as they age.
Dry skin tends to be dull-looking and flaky and readily develops fine lines and wrinkles. Unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied, it usually feels tight and uncomfortable after washing.
Dry skin is most common on areas of the body that are exposed, such as the face and hands. Chapping and cracking especially in winter are signs of extremely dry and dehydrated skin.
Aloe vera has excellent soothing, healing and moisturizing properties.
Most skins tend to become thinner and drier with age. Fair-skinned individuals are more likely to have dry skin, especially as they age.
Dry skin can also be the result of hormonal imbalance, underactive thyroid, diabetes, dermatitis, eczema and several hereditary skin conditions.
What to do to avoid having dry skin:
Coconut oil has skin-softening properties and prevents wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Sulfur helps keep the skin smooth and youthful; therefore, include in your diet plenty of sulfur-rich foods, such as onions, garlic eggs and asparagus.
To keep the skin hydrated, drink approximately 2 liters of water every day.
Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine as they have a diuretic effect and cause the body to lose fluids and essential minerals.
Avoid smoking and secondh and smoke. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, depriving the skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs for good health. Smoking also involves the repetition of certain facial expressions which eventually turn into permanent wrinkles around the mouth. Smoking can also result in leathery skin.
By applying a facial mask once a week, dry cells can be removed from the skin surface, resulting in clearer and healthier-looking complexion.
To reduce the amount of moisture lost from the skin through evaporation, use a humidifier to humidify your environment -- particularly in winter.
Do not use very hot water when bathing or showering.
Remove dead skin cells from the face at least once a week with a loofa sponge and hot water.
To keep your skin from drying out, moisturize it after cleansing. Do not use solid, waxy moisturizing creams.
Fresh borage leaves have enlivening, revitalizing and nourishing properties.
Herbal tips for healthier skin:
Coco butter is a good skin cream which can help reduce wrinkles.
Coconut oil softens the skin and prevents wrinkles and other signs of aging.
RoseHip oil has regenerative properties. It helps prevent premature skin aging. It can be used to treat dry skin as well as for reducing wrinkles, stretch marks and skin discoloration.
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin A and is beneficial for extremely dry skin.
A loofa sponge and hot water should be used to remove dead skin cells from the face at least once a week.
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins A and B and essential fatty acids. It is an excellent choice for softening the skin and treating eczema and dry skin.
Olive oil is an ideal moisturizing oil used for treating dry and chapped skin.
Topically applied aloe vera has excellent soothing, healing and moisturizing properties.
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin A and is good for treating extremely dry skin.
Chamomile tea can be used to soothe several skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
Spraying on Lavender water as a body mist throughout the day can help replenish lost moisture. To make lavender water, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to half a cup of distilled water or make an infusion of fresh lavender leaves and flowers.