Other causes of dry skin include:
The following practices help soothe and hydrate your skin
1. Shower with warm water. Super-hot water dries out your skin. Instead, use lukewarm water, and make sure your soap is all natural and the gentlest one you can find.
that I’m talking about oil based cleansers not just plain oil from your kitchen.
5. Use goat milk compresses. If you’re feeling itchy, dip a washcloth in goat milk and apply it to your skin for five minutes. Goat’s milk contains vitamins and minerals like selenium vitamin A, the most essential vitamin for the skin. Goat’s milk also contains lactic acid, which assists to gently slough off dead skin cells and helps to hydrate and brighten the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory and can stop itching.
8. Apply oil to your skin after a long bath. When the skin is super dry. At night, take a long, heated bath before bed; long enough that your toes and fingers begin to wrinkle. Pat yourself dry and immediately cover yourself in a rich oil such as olive, coconut, jojoba, avocado or argan oil. Spread it all over and go to bed.
10. Use an avocado mask. Puree half an avocado and mix it with a teaspoon of olive oil; as an option, you can add a tablespoon of honey for dehydrated (dry) skin. Apply the mask to your face, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash it off.
11. Apply Aloe vera to dry, irritated skin. Aloe gel can be helpful during the dry winter months. It works by alleviating redness and irritation related to excess dryness, and it can even decrease signs of aging, as well as acne breakouts.
12. Use a Fruit Enzyme Cleanser or Exfoliant. Fruit enzymes are great for gently exfoliating the superficial layer of dulling dead skin cells on the face and body. Using a fruit enzyme-infused wash or mask twice per week. Fruit enzymes to look for include pineapple, pumpkin, and papaya.
13. Use lotions, creams or butters daily. Quality all-natural moisturizers can help soothe and repair dry, itchy, and irritated skin. They can also renew the surface of your skin and revitalize your complexion.
On the other hand, natural creams, lotions, and butter are pure, which makes them a better choice for many people. Always, check the labels before buying skin care products, nowadays there are a lot of so-called “natural” skin care products, but once you read the labels, they also have chemicals and artificial fragrances. As a general rule, if you cannot pronounce or eat an ingredient in your skin care product, you should not be putting it on your skin! Also, if the label uses the word fragrance – IT IS NOT NATURAL. Natural products use essential oils for scent, and these oils are not classified a fragrance.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.