Got those winter blues? The cold enhances dryness that affects us all throughout this season. It can be frustrating to deal with dry skin, especially when it comes to finding the right products or treatments to use. Have no fear: try these natural ingredients and tips to get softer skin.
Dry skin is caused by a lack of production of sebum, or oil, which is the skin’s natural moisturizer. The lack of sebum decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so dry skin is often dehydrated.
How do you know if you have dry skin?
- It often appears delicate, with fine and small pores.
- It can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that peel.
- Can be triggered by menopause or other hormonal changes.
- Needs plenty of moisturizers and protection.
What kind of ingredients should you choose in your skincare products to help the most with moisturizing? We list our top four types below.
1. Vegetable oils – Examples of vegetable oils that are beneficial to dry skin include:
- Avocado Oil
- Rice Bran oil
- Argan oil
- Olive oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Coconut oil
2. Humectants – humectants attract moisture from the air, draw it to the skin and ‘lock’ the moisture in. Examples of humectants include:
- Vegetable glycerin
3. Butters – these natural butters help to restore moisture and lay a protective barrier down on top of the skin to keep moisture from escaping. Examples include:
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
4. Essential Oils – these are essences taken from plants, flowers, roots, trees spices, citrus fruits, etc. Examples of essential oils used in products to make your skin silky smooth are:
- Neroli (Orange Blossom)
- Chamomile (both Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile)
- Rose Otto
Though it can be difficult to find products that work effectively on dry skin, this article has provided a number of tips and natural ingredients to try in your efforts to combat ashy, flaky and dry skin. Reading the ingredient listing on products or making your own skin care products to include the ingredients listed above may be an easy way to use natural ingredients to bring about the desired change in your dry skin.
- Bathe less often: sometimes bathing every other day can alleviate dry skin.
- Use warm instead of hot water in the shower or bath.
- Use mild cleansers instead of harsh, drying ‘detergent bars’.
- Use moisturizers regularly.
- Try making a simple honey facial mask once per week to gently exfoliate flaky skin while also moisturizing.
Do you have any tips for helping with dryer skin types? Let us know in the comments below!