Dry skin is a bugbear for many people all over the world, whether you have had dry skin throughout your whole life, it’s started as you become older, or it is seasonal, there are ways to help quench your skin’s thirst to keep it hydrated and supple.
What causes dry skin?
There are multiple factors that can be accounted for your dry skin. From environmental factors, genetics, your age, nutritional deficiencies and so on.
In terms of the environmental factors, heat from the Sun and central heating will cause your skin to dry out. Not to mention the constant battle of being outdoors in the cold weather and walking straight into central heating, your skin will not be loving you.
Too much alcohol, high fatty and salty foods will also wreak havoc on your skin. Too much alcohol and salt both dehydrate your body and skin, leaving you with that familiar dry sensation.
Genetics can also play around with your skin. Most will inherit either normal, sensitive, oily, dry or combination skin. Combination skin is where you tend to get oily on your T-zone and have either normal, sensitive or dry cheeks.
If you get dry skin because you are getting older, then this is due to your skin naturally slowing down it’s regenerating process. You see, as we age, not as much collagen is produced, our skin elasticity reduces and our skin cell turnover greatly reduces the speed to reproduce new cells.
All these factors affect our skin’s ability to retain moisture, meaning our skin easily loses moisture throughout the day, making our skin dry.
Now you don’t have to suffer from dry skin, there are many products on the market to help your dry skin, but did you know that there are also all natural products that can help too?
Natural ingredients to relieve dry skin
Yes, that’s right, that staple in your cooking cupboard can be used to help boost your skin’s hydration. Working as either a cleanser, scrub (with added sugar) or moisturiser.
Olive oil makes a fantastic cleanser because it manages to get rid of the dirt on your face but won’t strip your face of its natural oils.
We all know the goodness avocados provide the body with, but did you know that it can also soothe your irritated dry skin? Mix it with half a teaspoon of olive oil and blend together and apply as a mask to your face.
Rinse off after fifteen to twenty minutes and you should have moisturised skin. Don’t forget to add your moisturiser on top to lock in the hydration.
Yes really! Milk can soothe dry, itchy skin and has anti-inflammatory properties too. The lactic acid found in the milk will gently exfoliate the dead skin cells sitting on your skin, to help reveal fresher skin and will enable the skin to hold on to moisture better.
Honey has been used for many thousands of years as a moisturiser for not only dry skin but for those with sensitive skin too. It is packed full of naturally occurring antimicrobial, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Thanks to these, the honey enables to moisturise the skin, making it extra soft as well as improving the skin’s own health.
The best way to fully get all the soothing and moisturising benefits from honey is to clean the area and then apply a layer of honey and let it settle for fifteen minutes. When your time is up, simply rinse off the honey with warm water and a flannel, for you to reveal soft and nourished skin.
K2A’s Harmonising Daily Moisture Cream has the perfect blend of natural ingredients within a traditional moisturiser formula to provide your dry skin with that thirst quenching relief.
With moisturising Argan oil, soothing Aloe Vera, Rose Geranium and Tea Tree essential oil, your skin will not only be hydrated, but your mood will be lifted too.