Organic Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

July 23rd, 2011 Posted in Skin Care Treatments

Dry Skin

Characteristics:

People with dry skin may complain of a parched dry feeling and an overall lackluster appearance. This skin type does not produce the necessary natural oils and moisture to obtain a natural healthy glow which can be disheartening for people who want great skin. Dry skin often feels very tight and dry and often appears to be flaky, scaly, and rough. The biggest problems with this skin type are the onset of premature aging, the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles at an earlier stage in the progression of the skin’s life. Another characteristic of dry skin is very small pores. Fortunately, dryness of skin is often caused by non-hereditary origins: primarily environmental factors, exposure to harsh chemicals, poor choice in skin care products and excessive bathing. Dry skin is best in climates with warm temperature and high humidity and does not react well to cold weather or any low humidity climates. In colder areas or during the winter months, dry skin will have even less moisture than the low amount it is already used to; causing chapping, chaffing, irritation and redness. As with all skin types, make sure to avoid excessive heat and make sure to protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen and UV protection.

Organic Skin Care Recommendations:

Moisturizing is very important for dry skin. You have to moisturize the face and body every day, sometimes numerous times a day – this is where it is imperative that you use products without harsh chemicals because you are going to be reapplying lotions and moisturizers so often that even a small amount of harsh and carcinogenic chemicals in each application will add up. Remember to avoid any cosmetic or beauty products that use harsh chemicals because this may be what is causing the gradual drying of your skin and only use organic skin care products. It has even been suggested that tap water contains chemicals which dry skin may be sensitive to. Simply switching to organic skin care products could bring your skin to a normal and balanced skin type. Also, make sure to avoid excess heat and hot showers as this may exacerbate your situation. With very dry skin, you could even apply an herbal facial elixir underneath a creamy organic moisturizer in cases of extremely dry skin. This is known as moisturizer layering (much like you layer an outfit) and is popular in any area where outfits are layered during the brutal winter months. Moisturizing masks and night masks are recommended for dry skin types up to twice a week (or as needed). Make sure you are applying enough moisturizers to the areas around the eyes because they are often first to develop wrinkles. Furthermore, smoking is worse for dry skin than all other skin types (except maybe environmentally damaged skin). Also, you should avoid any and all use of soap, which is extremely drying, on your face and body; if you refuse to drop soap completely (as some people do) then make sure to use creamy soaps with organic yogurt or milk and/or organic oatmeal soaps. Dry skin loves the soothing and nourishing effects of oatmeal on the face and body and even taking milk baths in oatmeal during the winter months can help to ease the drying effects of cold climates on skin. To prevent irritation when drying, make sure to pat yourself dry instead of rubbing your skin which can cause chaffing and flaking. You will need to exfoliate numerous times a week to scrub off dead skin cells off the surface layer of your skin; sugar and oat scrubs work great for dry skin types. This will also help the moisturizers penetrate your pores and get into the lower levels of your skin. Simple and light all natural toners, such as rosewater or an organic green tea and vinegar toners, are recommended for dry skin. Try to shy away from overwhelming astringents because they may further strip oils and moisture from the skin. As with all skin types, make sure to avoid excessive heat and make sure to protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen and UV protection.

Recommended Organic Herbs:

Calendula
Comfrey Root
Fennel
Geranium
German chamomile
Hyssop
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Marsh mellow root
Neroli
Patchouli
Roman chamomile
Sandalwood
Ylang-Ylang

Recommended Organic Ingredients:

Aloe Vera
Baby Oil
Green Tea
Honey
Jojoba Oil
Milk
Oats and Oatmeal
Olive Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Yogurt

To see more articles of this type, you can visit http://www.giddyorganics.com where you will find articles and organic skin care tips for all of the seven major skin types.

Tyler S. Ward
Giddy Organics
http://www.giddyorganics.com

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