Blistery wind and freezing temperature, over-heated homes and offices, low humidity - all these situations make for dry skin.
External issues may be just part of the problem. When we talk about basic dry skin, we are really discussing two issues. One issue is the lack of natural sebum (oil) that the skin normally produces for lubrication. The second issue is the lack of moisture (water) that the skin holds. These issues are usually associated with skin that is lacking minerals and has a sluggish metabolism. If left untreated, this skin will prematurely age and become sensitive. The signs of aging are fine lines and wrinkles, and subsequent inflammation. This premature aging is aggravated by exterior conditions I mentioned earlier- sun and wind exposure, and dry air due to climate, heaters, and air-conditioning.
Try these tips for managing your dry skin:
- Dry brush and exfoliate regularly. Get your circulation going and rid yourself of dead skin cells.
- Look into taking healthful whole food supplements to insure you are taking in needed vitamins, minerals, etc.
- Discover or rediscover soaking in the tub (with some Bath Salts?). Not only will it help your skin, it will relax and warm you! Just make sure the water isn't hot. If the water is too hot, you will get the opposite results you are striving for.
- Moisturize daily! After bathing, leave a little moisture on your skin. Then massage in your body moisturizer. The moisturizer will capture that extra moisture!
- Drink and eat well. Always. For Source Vital's suggestions to fight Old Man Winter, take a look at our Dry Skin Kits.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathy Pope is a Co-Owner and Vice President of Source Vitál Apothecary. She's been with the company for more than 15 years in numerous roles. She is the sister of Source Vitál founder, Jerry Pope, and an avid beauty and skin care product user. She brings you content on ingredients, do's and don'ts, how-to's and more.