Many people of different ages suffer from rough, dry skin, dry patches, eczema and psoriasis. But there are ways and treatments to keep your dry skin healthy and ease any problems. The skin is the part of body most exposed to the environment and germs so remember to maintain personal hygiene.
1. Your dry skin needs moisture.
A very basic way to healthy skin is to retain the skin’s natural oils by following a daily moisturizing routine. Petroleum jelly would be a good and cheap option since it protects the skin by reducing moisture loss. However, some ranges of moisturizers contain both water and oil and so are cosmetically more attractive than petroleum jelly. Moisturizers containing glycerine, lecithin, collagen, silicone, beeswax, lanolin, lauric acids and caprylic acids are effective ingredients to lock in the moisture and smooth the skin.
2. Treat your dry skin with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a popular topical treatment for conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and it is a good moisturizer for very dry skin. It contains high levels of vitamin E that stops damage to the skin tissues and acts as an antioxidant and has an anti-aging effect. Since coconut oil improves the lipid content and moisture, it can also help reduce stretch marks. It contains fatty acids such caprylic, capric and lauric acid which are used to soften the skin. Moreover, lauric acid can kill harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses and so decrease skin infection and the irritation caused by it.
3. Get sun.
It is often reported that exposure to the sun reduces eczema. So try to take advantage of any daylight as much as possible. Some studies have found that children and adults with eczema have low levels of vitamin D and are more prone to skin infections. Exposure to daylight or specific wavelength therapy and vitamin D supplementation can improve the skin. Vitamin D engages with known longevity genes and keeps you young and healthy.
4. Drink more water.
Water is a simple and effective solution to rehydrate your body. The daily recommendation is 2.0 liters of water for women and 2.5 liters of water for men. Remember that drinking water has many advantages and is very useful for those who want to reduce their calorie intake and control their weight in a healthy way. An increase in drinking of plain water even only by 1% can reduce the level of sugar, fat, sodium and total daily calorie intake.
5. Less soap and household chemicals
Try to avoid antibacterial washes, deodorant bars, body washes and skin care products with alcohol as a main ingredient. If you see alcohol is listed among the first 6 ingredients on the product label, this means it will aggravate your skin and cause dryness in long term use. An alternative is to use lukewarm water with plain soap and fragrance free body wash.
6. Don’t take long baths or showers.
Long hot baths or showers remove the oil from the outermost layer of the skin that keeps the skin waterproof, protects against the cold environment, bacteria and fungi. So don’t make it longer than 10 minutes daily. To keep the humidity in the room, leave the bathroom door closed, use lukewarm water instead of hot showers and apply a moisturizer while your skin is towel dried but still damp.
7. Use a humidifier in your bedroom.
Running a humidifier at night brings moisture back into the air so helps your skin and hair to absorb the moisture. When humidity is increased to about 43%, the flu virus is deactivated. So setting the humidity level in the correct range not only makes the skin softer but also cuts the risk of infections.
8. Don’t forget your fish oil.
Fish oil is essential for healthy skin function and appearance since it contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are needed to build skin barriers to retain moisture and so stop the skin getting rough and dry. Essential fatty acids in fish oil give you smoother skin, so adding oily fish to your diet or fish oil supplementation is an effective treatment. Oily fish include sardines, anchovies, mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna and trout.
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