I wake up to a beautiful day. Poke my nose out from underneath my cozy comforter just to be met with a cold chill. Fall is in the air and I’m looking forward to a steamy, warm shower to start the day. Shower complete, everything is going as planned but then; ooh, wha’ the? Prickly, itchy post-shower skin! I don’t do dry itchy skin. Can you relate?
There are so many products on the market targeting dry skin and, in my opinion, not a one of them works well enough to make it worth buying! If you walk down the bath isle of your local store you’ll be bombarded with claims of “ultra moisturizing,” or “Shea butter for natural moisturizing”, and of course, “the best on the market with natural ingredients!” Check out the ingredients, bet water is at the top of the list and there will be a few ingredients that are unpronounceable unless you carry a doctorate!
One weekend night I ended up stranded at a friends house, due to weather. While there I showered using the products offered me which were reputable, popular products. A few hours later, after I made my way home, I showered again because I couldn’t stand how dry my skin felt! Most of the popular, commercialized products don’t offer enough of the active moisturizing ingredient in the product. Read the ingredient label. The ingredient with the highest volume in the mix is listed first with the amounts decreasing as listed. Similar to other products I’ve written about, food and household cleaners, when the label has more than 7 ingredients, and you can’t pronounce them, probably not a product with your lifetime health in mind!
In cold, windy months I typically look for a moisturizing bath soap and shower with cooler water. If the water is too warm it can strip your skin of natural oils that help to protect it. My bath soap, shampoo and lotions are all free of harmful chemicals. Most of the shopping stores have organic and natural choices, or look it up on the internet. It has taken some time to find what I like to use but now I am comfortable knowing that it won’t harm me or my family!
Below is some natural help for dry skin:
Causes of Dry Skin
There are a few obvious causes of dry skin that in autumn, can’t be avoided:
- Dryer, cooler air
- Harsh winds
- A warm home
- A toasty fire
- Hot showers and baths
- Caffeine and alcohol
- The Sun
These, among other things, can be the culprits to causing dry, itchy skin in the cold months. This is the best time to lay off high sodium drinks such as pop and high sodium foods and increase water consumption. Keeping your body hydrated can make a big difference in how your skin reacts. Remember, your skin is dry because it’s dehydrated!
There are a few proactive steps that can be taken to lessen the effects of dry skin. My first suggestion, which is the same for just about everything, is to hydrate your body. After all, over half the mass of our body is water and proper hydration is essential for all aspects of life.
Another suggestion would be to apply a natural oil after showering, such as jojoba or coconut oil Stay away from mineral oils (made from petroleum) because they don’t absorb properly and can clog your facial pores.
Indulge a little in a facial or some form of a skin nurturing treatment. A facial can boost the skin’s health with pore extractions and a facial massage which can improve blood flow and the skins’ brightness. A facial is also good for relaxation, giving you some down time to unwind. Whether you go to a professional or choose a diy at home, this is the perfect time to treat yourself!
As always, thank you for taking the time to read my article! If you have any comments or ideas please leave them below and I will get back with you as soon as possible!
Remember, this is just my opinion and I could be wrong!