Now more than ever, it is vital to protect our first defense against viruses and bacteria - also known as our skin. I don't know about you, but all this constant hand-washing and paranoid over-sanitizing are not helping to prevent dryness, and now cracks arise from the abuse.
Fortunately, we have Six home remedies for dry skin that you can use to safeguard your very own frontline warrior dedicated to man the front lines of your immune system and health. Most of these can be found right at home, so no need to expose your self :)
1. Coconut Oil
This is a personal fav, and not just because I'm mentally at the beach with it. Coconut has Emollient properties that will act as a "filler" in the surface of your skin, giving you an instantly smooth finish, as well as hydration. It is safe to use daily, and just about anywhere in the body.
2. Antioxidant & Omega-3 Rich Diet
Your skin's daily defense starts from within, so remember to stay hydrated, and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, spinach, papayas, broccoli, red bell peppers. Avocado, Salmon, nuts like walnuts and chia seeds are excellent sources of Omega-3s, with flaxseed oil being amongst the highest at 7.3 g per 1 tbsp serving.
3. Cold Shower
Yes, long, hot showers may be great to de-stress and soothe sore muscles, but they can actually scald the skin causing damage. Hot showers will strip the skin of its natural oils and create a dry, rough and itchy mess. Try to also avoid body washes with excessive lather (high in surfactants - a chemical that binds to the oil in our skin, effectively washing it off each time you shower). Take short, warm showers if you must.
If you've got a humidifier, now is the time to bring it out. Set at 60% will help to combat the drying effects from the heat. If you don't have a humidifier, don't fret. A diffuser with essential oils like lavender, frankincense or sandalwood can do the trick twice a day, for 15 minutes each to avoid dizziness from overexposure to the scent.
5. Oatmeal Bath
This is an extremely soothing treatment if you're skin is already at DEFCON 2, on it's way to DEFCON 1 status since it is so rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal dry, irritated, and itchy skin. We have a simple DIY recipe you can make.
Pro tip: Lock in the moisture post-bath with a thick moisturizer to seal in all the goodness.
6. Vitamin E
Applied topically, Vitamin E creates a barrier against free radicals (ahem, central heating, pollution), and helps to restore the natural oils that keep us wrinkle-free and youthful by diminishing fine lines.
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