Does your skin look and feel as dry as the Sahara desert? Is it flaky, itchy, irritated and unhealthy looking? Does it have a rough texture?
During the winter months, our skin tends to lose quite a bit of moisture. Indoor heating, changes in the weather, low humidity, harsh soaps and shampoos, less water intake and many other reasons all contribute to our “alligator” exterior.
What can you do about this condition? Do you know how to hydrate dry skin naturally? Thankfully there are things you can do right at home that is easy, fun and inexpensive.
1. Water Is Your Best Ingredient
Drinking more water is the single most important thing you can do to help get rid of dry skin naturally. Most of us don’t get enough of it. In the winter we tend to stay indoors more, so we may be dehydrated and not even know it. To complicate the situation, indoor heating systems can be very, very drying to the skin. Sitting by a fireplace is very romantic and cozy, but if you’re not careful, it can dry out your skin and hair. So drink away.
You might think that lots of hot water on the skin is great, but be careful here also. Long hot baths may be nice, but it can also dry out your skin. Once you wash your hair or body, be sure to use a good moisturizer right after to lock in hydration.
2. Dry Brushing
Have you ever heard of dry brushing? It is fairly new to me, too. Dry brushing is the process whereby you take a dry brush and brush your skin. Your skin should be dry, preferably right before a shower. I dry brush before bedtime.
If you haven’t tried it, you are really in for a treat. Dry brushing will help your body to shed dead skin cells. This in itself will improve your skin texture and appearance, and it will tighten your skin. It will increase circulation and help your body get rid of toxins. It has also been shown to lessen the appearance of cellulite.
When you dry brush, make sure you brush starting from your feet and legs and move upward, always brushing toward the heart.
After I dry brushed the first few times, I actually felt a bit nauseated. This is normal because your body is eliminating toxins from your system and helping to circulate blood to your skin. Afterward, you will feel an incredible surge of energy and sense of wellbeing, and your skin’s rough, dry cells will be sloughed away. Plus, you’ll sleep like a baby at night.
Use a body brush for dry brushing and a facial brush for your face. When doing your face, be gentle. In a short while, your skin will be smooth and glowing. The only difference with facial dry brushing is that you cleanse your face first, then dry brush, then moisturize. For body dry brushing, dry brush first, then shower or bathe, and then moisturize. This is one of the best beauty secrets and a way to achieve glowing, healthy skin.
3. Use The Right Products
If you are using harsh soaps, shampoos and moisturizers that are loaded with chemicals, your skin will fight back in the form of dry, itchy skin. Many inferior products are put in skin care to increase profit. Not so good for you, though. So, be sure to use good, high-quality ingredients for your skin. Essential and other oils are far superior and will have your skin and your health so much better. Essential oils are medicine for your skin, provided by nature. And these oils are very good for aromatherapy, too. Not only will it give you fantastic skin, it will lift your mood in the process! Check out my article about these wonderful oils – Honey and Essential Oils. If you haven’t started on the path of using therapeutics oils, now might be just the time to do so.
4. Eat Foods That Hydrate
Your skin is a window of what’ going on inside, so make sure you eat foods that are high in water and are moisturizing. Fruits, vegetables and good oils, such as olive and coconut oil and nuts and seeds help in fighting dry skin. Also, try to eliminate the junk and replace it with something good (although this is very hard for most of us to do). But little steps will add up to big benefits for you.
5. Hydrate Your Skin With Honey
Honey is a miracle food, plain and simple. It is a super humectant, which means it has the ability to pull moisture from the air and retain it, so it is an excellent moisturizer. Plus it is antibacterial, has vitamins and is soothing to the skin. Eat and use it often on your skin for amazing results.
My Skin Care Routine To Get Rid Of Dry Skin Naturally
My routine is not too complicated and I really love it. I feel good that I am using products that I made myself , and I know exactly what I am using. I pride myself in the fact that I am creating products that I probably couldn’t (or wouldn’t ) buy in the stores because of being way too expensive. So here goes.
Morning – First thing in the morning, drink warm water and honey. Then I put oils on my face before I jump in the shower. The last thing I’ll do before getting out of the shower is to remove the amazing aromatic oils from my face. After the shower, I will tone my face with witch hazel and rose water, and then moisturize my body. My skin will feel silky, and I will smell “good enough to eat” “-)
Evening – Cleanse face, then dry brush for about 2 – 3 minutes. You will be surprised by the dead cells you will see accumulating. It will feel very energizing. If you are just starting out, you may want to dry brush for about 1 minute until your face gets used to it. Start out gently and slowly. I then dry brush my body (using a different brush for the body), then I jump in the shower. Tone your face and then moisture your face and body. You will feel so good after this procedure, and it will help you sleep restfully. The next morning, your face will start to look more and more healthy and glowing each day – like that of a child’s. Their skin, because they are so young, is constantly being rejuvenated. Dry brushing will help you to do this.
So there you have it. Now you know how to hydrate dry skin naturally. Why not implement one or more of these suggestions today. Your skin will thank you 🙂
What skin care tips do you have to get rid of dry skin naturally? We’d love to hear from you.