Monday, May 19, 2014

Five Natural Tips for Dry Skin Types

No one wants to deal with dull, dry skin. Yet, many are clueless about ways to restore its luster. Rather than continuing to do stuff that further dries out your skin -- like smoking, excessive alcohol, dry and cold weather exposure --   here are some cues to get your skin glowing in no time:

Coconut Water: internal hydration is critical when it comes to moisturizing dry skin.  Of course we know that water is necessary and needed for human survival, without it you'll die. However, another water source that's often overlooked yet offers bursts of hydration is coconut water. It's loaded with nutrients like potassium, glucose, vitamin C, vitamin B, electrolytes, antioxidants; it also oxygenates the skin and that's the short list. You can use it internally or externally to achieve radiant skin. Other water-rich foods sources are: watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew. Eat water rich foods helps to further lubricate the body insideout.

Fats & Oils: Addressing water dehydration is one side of the coin. However, healthy fats and oils also play an important role in keeping your skin moisturized from the insideout. Eating healthy fats helps to improve blood flow and supports elasticity to the skin. Let me be clear here, when I say that fats increases blood flow, I mean healthy nutritious fats like cod liver oil, avocado, nuts, or olives are just a few examples. These healthy fats help to keep skin supple and moisturized, as they are not naturally produced in the body so you must get them through food sources only.

Soap: Using too much soap causes the chemicals in the detergents to strip your skin of its moisture. When you do use soap, try a chemical-free natural soap for best results. It should have both cleansing and moisturizing components. Every dry skin type is different, and should be treated as such, so you may have to shop around until find the natural soap that fits you best. One of my favorite natural soap brands is Zum Bar. It is made with goats milk and several other natural oils, making it a good moisturizing cleanser for dry skin types. *Side note: have you reeally looked at the commercial soap labels lately, they don't call themselves soap... hmmm, so what are you reeally using on your skin?

Moisturizers: Use moisturizers immediately after your bath or shower to deeply lubricate skin. Use natural moisturizers -- like vitamin-E, shea, cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, etc. -- to deeply nourish skin. Natural moisturizers feed your skin a steady diet of beneficial fatty-acids, antioxidants (anti-aging), vitamins, minerals and amino-acids helping to nourish and keep skin looking vibrant.

Products: Limit your use of alcohol-based cleansers, moisturizers and toners, as it has a drying effect on the skin. With this in mind, avoid spraying perfume (which also is alcohol based, in most cases) directly on your skin, splash on your clothes instead. Speaking of products, it's important to use products with whole ingredients that can be found in nature rather than a laboratory, as your skin is your largest organ. Just as it is important to properly nourish your internal organs (kidneys, liver, reproductive, lungs, etc.), it is just as critical to supplement your external organ -- the skin. Avoid feeding your skin factory made chemicals that the body doesn't recognize or filter after it's becomes toxic and disrupts hormones.

Exercise: Want airbrushed looking skin? Move... and move often. Exercise, helps to stimulate your metabolism and lymphatic system resulting in proper blood flow, a key component to rich, bright looking skin. A healthy, active metabolism more often than not results in even toned, clear skin, as this is an indicator of good flowing digestive system. Exercise is a useful way to trigger proper digestion. When it comes to your health, the digestive system is a critical factor in keeping your body operating at its optimal level.

Stay tuned for more tips on how you can improve shine to your skin. Rather than go on and on about ways you can improve your skin's brightness; I'll continue to offer more tips and take a deeper dive into your skin's health and beauty connection. 

*NOTE: This information is to be used as a guide, these suggestions may not be suitable for every person's circumstances. However, I encourage you to investigate further about your health/beauty needs. Your regimen should be tailored and personalized to suite you and your unique set of needs. However, it is recommended to consult your personal care practitioner for certified support. There are plenty more tips but for brevity sake, we kept this post to five tips. But, please keep searching till you find your groove, one in which only you will know once it has been found. 

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