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Dry skin DIY remedies

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Dry skin. It is flaky, full of lines, cracks. It feels rough, hard. Not very pleasant or comfortable.

There could be multiple reasons why you have dry skin. One of the most common reasons has to do with oils and water. The outer most layer of your skin has oils that prevent water seeping out from the inside. Decrease in oils, decrease in water which equals dry skin.

What can you do to prevent water loss? Here are some DIY remedies for dry skin.

The outer remedy for dry skin

Avoid doing things that strip away your skin’s natural oils.

Short showers

Avoid long hot showers. Take short cooler showers and pat your skin gently with a towel. Moisturize your face and body immediately afterwards. It is better to moisturize when your skin is slightly damp.

Use an oil or a lotion. Choose the type that you prefer or you can combine then. For the face, a moisturizer for dry skin is the Pumpkin Rose cream By Anhesa.

Wear gloves

Minimize your skin’s exposure to soapy water. Always moisturize after washing. If your skin comes into contact with water regularly throughout the day then try to wear gloves if you can. For example, wear gloves while washing dishes.

Limit exposure to dry air

Do not overexpose your skin to dry hot or cold air. The heater and air conditioner may feel nice but your dry skin will make you pay for it with…well, you guessed it…more dryness.

The inner remedy for dry skin

Give your body a little help and eat a diet that contains suitable amount of fats and water. I emphasize suitable and not excessive. If you eat or drink too much of anything the excess can create an imbalance in the body. In addition to dryness, you will also have to manage the consequences of the imbalance.

Increase hydration through diet

I am sure you have heard that you are supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Did you do that? What happened? Spent a significant portion of the day in the bathroom, maybe?

Then you might have heard that you need to keep drinking more until your body gets used to it. Did it get better? No, in fact it probably got even worse. You probably ran to the bathroom every 5 minutes. You might as well have moved into there. If this is not your idea of fun, guess what? You do not have to flood your body with excessive amounts of water.

Some studies suggest that it is not necessary to drink 8 glasses a day. Instead, they suggest that you drink when you feel thirsty. If you cannot tell when your body feels thirsty then look at your urine. If it is a dark colour then you need more hydration.

Also, if you eat real whole foods, you are getting water. Fruits and vegetables contains water. 8 or more glasses of water is not the only way to hydrate your body.

Add fruits and vegetables with high water content to your diet. Some examples are zucchini, cucumbers, celery, spinach, watermelons, tomatoes, grapefruit.

Include health fats

Another thing you can do is add some healthy fats to your diet. Some examples are nuts, seeds, avocados, dairy, fish.

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